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Tami Brown To Serve In Two Ohio Travel Industry Leadership Positions

CLEVELAND, OH – Tamera (Tami) L. Brown, general manager of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and director of the nonprofit Splash Fund, recently accepted not one, but two, top spots in the state’s travel industry.

Last week, Brown was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the TourismOhio Advisory Board for a term that began October 12 and ends September 27, 2021. The TourismOhio Advisory Board provides guidance to the Ohio Development Services Agency and the TourismOhio office on promoting Ohio communities and attractions as travel destinations.

A certified destination marketing professional, Brown has spent the majority of her career to-date in tourism attraction marketing and management, with extensive experience in the arts and culture sector. After serving as VP of Marketing for Greater Cleveland’s convention and visitor’s bureau, she opened Ohio’s only independent aquarium in 2012, an attraction that now welcomes a quarter of a million guests annually. The Leadership Cleveland alum also serves on the boards of Flats Forward and Center for Community Solutions.

“Tami is a great addition to the TourismOhio Advisory board as she brings extensive experience in tourism marketing and leadership from her time at Destination Cleveland and now with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium,” said Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio.

Brown was also installed as president of the Ohio Travel Association (OTA) Board of Directors at the state tourism conference held in September at Cedar Point. Brown has served on the OTA Board since 2013, serving previously as secretary, treasurer and vice president. The Ohio Travel Association is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the Ohio travel businesses, such as attractions, museums, excursion boats, hotels, restaurants, wineries and visitors bureaus. The Ohio Travel Association advocates for smart business policies, provides professional education and helps communities and organizations increase traveler spending in their areas.

“Tami’s experience in various sectors of the industry is unique and priceless,” said Melinda Huntley, OTA executive director. “She understands the needs of the business community from multiple viewpoints, whether a business has a large or small budget or whether they are urban or rural. Her leadership is an asset to the entire industry.”

Travel in Ohio is responsible for a $44 billion economic impact. Traveler spending supports more than 428,000 jobs and generates more than $6.5 million in taxes to support local, state and federal programs.

“I am honored to serve in both these roles and look forward to advocating for Ohio’s thriving tourism industry,” said Brown.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Tammy Brown, Public Relations Manager, TourismOhio, Tamara.Brown@development.ohio.gov or 614.466.8591
  • Tami Brown, GM, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, tbrown@greaterclevelandaquarium.com or 216.862.8803 x7712
  • Melinda Huntley, Executive Director, Ohio Travel Association, mhuntley@ohiotravel.org or 419.366.4391 (cell)
  • Jon Keeling, Media Contact, Governor John Kasich Office, Jon.Keeling@governor.ohio.gov or 614.466.3555

ABOUT GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM Did you know archerfish are living squirt guns with amazing aim? That male seahorses give birth? That a giant Pacific octopus is smart enough to solve puzzles and open jars? Or that some sharks can lose up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime?  Nature. It’s a curious thing. For more information on how to see these fascinating aquatic creatures up close 363 days a year call 216.862.8803 or visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com.