Visit Greater Lima...and come discover our Real American Style! To us it's home. To you, its your home away from home. With nearly 200 dining options, more than 70 unique shops and a variety of distinctive event throughout the year, you'll quickly "sense our style" in the welcoming smiles that await you.

Exciting sports, celebrated arts, top notch performances, varied lodging and a selection of meeting and convention venues are just the beginning.

Want to know more? Visit our social media pages or explore our websites at and Take a'll see why we live it, and you'll love it! 



Generate new dollars for Lima/Allen County by promoting the hospitality industry: area wide accommodations, meeting facilities, the Civic and Convention Center, restaurants, places of interest, attractions, as well as other community assets.


Act as goodwill ambassadors, extend hospitality to visitors in our community, and set an example to others in the area wide hospitality industry.


Help create a positive community image.


Pat Smith

Ret. Allen County Museum


Jeff Lee

Vice Chairperson

Howard Johnson Hotel, Lima


Linda Chartrand

Vice Chairperson

Consultant-Organizational Planning


Kevin Cox

Perry Township Trustee


Dana Addis

City of Lima


Gretchen Staley

Allen County Master Gardener's Association


Andy Johnston

Westgate Entertainment Center


Trey Becker

University of Northwestern Ohio


Ric Stolly

City of Lima, Parks, Recreation & Forestry


Betsy Billingsley

Lima Mall & Lima Center

Tyler Black

Johnny Appleseed Park District



Christine Pleva

Executive Director


Sharree Brenneman-Reehling

Conventions, Meetings & Events Director


Cara Venturella

Director of Tourism & Communications


Tina Koester

Administrative Office Coordinator



Allen County’s team of Tourism Specialist volunteers plays an important role in the level of service offered in Lima/Allen County. Their knowledge and friendliness is a very important part of making a positive difference in the way visitors experience Lima and Allen County.


We believe that community volunteers enrich our services, promote a positive image and improve our community relations.


This is an opportunity to be active in an organization that has been promoting the Greater Lima Region community to visitors for over 35 years.


If you are a local resident and you would like to share your passion for the Greater Lima Region by joining our volunteer team please fill out the Volunteer Application Form or Contact Us.

Want to participate but don't feel qualified? Don't worry - we'll train you and provide you with a wealth of information that will always be right at your fingertips!

Volunteer Application




Are you interested in having your photos featured on the Visit Greater Lima website, in our visitors guide or on our social network pages? While anyone can submit photos to Visit Greater Lima, there are a few considerations that you must keep in mind if you wish to have your entries accepted.


• Photos can belong to anyone. They do not have to be taken by a professional.

• The photos must be taken in and around Lima and Allen County, Ohio.

• Photos in landscape orientation must be of size 1024x554 pixels or bigger, while photos in portrait orientation must be of size 680x1024 or bigger. Square photos must be 1024x1024 or bigger.

• The photos can have a variety of subjects including people, places, events, etc. However, if any photo has a person as a recognizable focal point, the photographer must have approval prior to submitting to Visit Greater Lima.

• No borders, signatures, watermarks, logos, overlaid text or camera time stamps should be visible on the photos.


Follow these simple guidelines and submit as many photos as you wish to Visit Greater Lima. While Visit Greater Lima cannot guarantee that every photo submitted will be used, once your work is accepted, your image will be featured when appropriate and space availability permits.


While Visit Greater Lima will not pay for using your photos, we will make every attempt to add photo credit along with the photo. However if that is not possible, Visit Greater Lima will make note of the photo credit within the publication, main page or post. You also get to retain all rights to your photo.


So what are you waiting for?  Submit your photos now and earn bragging rights amongst your friends!


Photos can be submitted to: with the subject line “Lima/Allen County Photo Submission”