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Convention Industry Leaders Say Central Ohio Business Rebounding

Jarrod Clabaugh says he’s optimistic about the meeting industry’s future

More than a year after COVID-19-related government restrictions shuttered large gatherings, events and conventions in central Ohio are returning to in-person meetings and industry leaders expect the number of meetings to increase even more by the end of the year.

“Despite the Delta variant, we are seeing a bright future in the third and fourth quarters of 2021,” said John Page, general manager of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 200 events scheduled for the convention center have been cancelled or rescheduled for future years. The cancelations resulted in the facility reducing its workforce of more than 200 by more than half.

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