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Visit Greater Lima Convention + Visitors Bureau
144 S. Main Street  Ste. 101
Lima, Ohio  45801
(419) 222-6075
info@visitgreaterlima.com

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VISIT GREATER LIMA

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 www.visitgreaterlima.com and www.WeAreRealAmerican.com. Take a look...you'll see why we live it, and you'll love it! 

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR OFFICERS

Pat Smith

Chairperson
Allen County Museum

 

Sally Clemans

Vice Chairperson

Clerk, Lima City Council

 

Linda Chartrand

Vice Chairperson

Consultant-Organizational Planning

 

Kevin Cox

Perry Township Trustee

 

Jeff Lee

Howard Johnson Hotel, Lima

 

Gretchen Staley

Allen County Master Gardener's Association

 

Andy Johnston

Westgate Entertainment Center

 

Steve Farmer

University of Northwestern Ohio

 

Ric Stolly

City of Lima, Parks, Recreation & Forestry

 

Betsy Billingsley

Lima Mall & Lima Center

 

JJ Johnson

Lima Memorial Hospital

OUR TEAM

Christine Pleva

Executive Director
cpleva@visitgreaterlima.com

 

Sharree Brenneman-Reehling

Conventions, Meetings & Events Director
sbrenneman@visitgreaterlima.com

 

Cara Venturella-Stombaugh

Director of Tourism & Communications 
cventurella@visitgreaterlima.com

 

Tina Koester

Administrative Office Coordinator 
tkoester@visitgreaterlima.com

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

Located just off I-75 and State Route 309 East (on Roschman Avenue.)

 

The Tourist Information Center of the Greater Lima Region is housed in the "Little Blue Caboose", a symbol of the rich locomotive heritage in Allen County. It is staffed by volunteer Tourism Specialists who serve as ambassadors to the community and is stocked with information on local attractions, events, hotels, dining and shopping, as well as various attractions in and around the state of Ohio.

 

Open seasonally, mid-May through Labor Day.
Hours may vary.

Volunteer Opportunties

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.

 

The CVB believes 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.

 

Each tourism season (May through September) our knowledgeable volunteers share their wonderful energy, passion and community information with numerous visitors from a variety of states and many foreign countries. Without their generosity and assistance the CVB could not operate the Blue Caboose TIC.

 

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 Specialist Brochure

Volunteer Application

Volunteer

FAQs

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS

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: info@visitgreaterlima.com with the subject line “Lima/Allen County Photo Submission”