STARK COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS' BUREAU
UPCOMING MARKETING DEADLINES
As you finalize your 2021 marketing plan, don't forget these approaching due dates for valuable marketing opportunities in partnership with Visit Canton and the travel and tourism businesses in our Stark County region.
Regional Travel Guide - Deadline: February 12th
  • The special edition 2021 REGIONAL TRAVEL GUIDE has targeted distribution throughout Northeast Ohio, and more affordable advertising rates.

  • 50,000 copies will be distributed throughout Northeast Ohio hotels and attractions, published in About magazine, direct mailed to select Akron Beacon Journal subscribers, and used by Visit Canton to fulfill requests for information about things to do in the area.
Contact your Canton Repository Sales Representative or
Bob Commings at rcommings@localiq.com | 330.347.6107.
Tourism Ohio Cooperative Advertising - Deadline: February 15th
  • Matches investments, up to $25,000, in exchange for displaying the "Ohio. Find It Here." logo on your advertising.

  • Covers 75% of the cost of content creation including videography, photography, and influencer campaigns.

  • Visit Canton will provide additional co-op support toward your expense to participate in the content creation and/or TravelZoo partnership. Contact: TonjaM@VisitCanton.com.
Digital Dining Guide - Launches: March 2021
  • We are excited to announce the launch of a new reader-friendly specialty publication in a digital and engaging format.

  • The digital dining guide will be a click-through call to action for SEM that reaches visitors in-market actively searching for places to eat.

  • The dining guide will also be promoted via marketing and distribution to event and tournament planners and participants, and visitors in area hotels and attractions.
Only 2 featured partner opportunities remain!
Contact Tonja Marshall at tonjam@visitcanton.com | 330.224.8652
Craft Brew Passport - Launches: March 2021
  • Visit Canton will launch a new mobile, smartphone based passport promoting craft brews and breweries in the region.

  • The free Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail passport will encourage locals and visitors to check-in at each participating location to be entered into a grand prize package drawing, from March - November 2021.

  • Locations on the pass are also recommended to submit a special offer, deal, or discount that can be redeemed with the mobile passport.
Are you a brewery or craft brew business in the Stark County area? Contact Tonja Marshall at tonjam@visitcanton.com | 330.224.8652 for details.
SHUTTERED VENUE GRANT PROGRAM
The program provides non-repayable grants equal to 45% of gross earned revenues.
Learn more about the SBA Shuttered Venue Grant Program. The program is designed to help some of those most impacted by extended shutdowns and restricted capacities throughout the pandemic. Eligible applicants could include museum operators, theatre operators, and theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, live venue operators or promotors, talent representatives, and any subsidiary of these organizations that meet qualifications.

Those receiving PPP are not eligible for the SBA Shuttered Venue Grant program. All details and an application date are not yet final. Check Sba.gov/coronavirusrelief frequently for the latest updates.

Watch the archived webinar, which also talks about EIDL loans, as well as PPP, and gives you information to consider before choosing which route to go.

INDUSTRY PARTNER ROUNDTABLE
FEBRUARY 18TH @ 12 NOON
Join us online, February 18th at 12:00 PM, for the monthly Partner Roundtable. Hear Visit Canton updates, and share your updates with us and other tourism partners.

The goal of the roundtable is to have a casual forum to share updates. Tell us what you're up to, ask us any questions you might have, and network with fellow tourism partners.

Register to attend and a link will be emailed to you.
UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS, CONFERENCES, & EVENTS
There are a lot of unknowns right now, but one thing is certain, Stark County continues to be a destination for events. Check out the list of upcoming events:
Zoom Meeting

C.T. Branin Natatorium
 
National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex
 
Zoom Meeting

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

Zoom Meeting

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

National Football & Youth Sports Complex

April 29-May 1 | NFL Draft
Cleveland, Ohio

Canton, Ohio

 
STAY CONNECTED
View some of the job opportunities at local travel and tourism industry businesses.

Have a job opportunity to list? Contact: LauraP@VisitCanton.com
Check out the weekly podcast featuring casual interviews with community leaders, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers.

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FEBRUARY eNEWS
Check out Visit Canton's February eNews for information on date night ideas, activities, and things to do around Stark County.

Do you have special happenings and events to promote? Share the details with Allison Rowe.