Many of us participated in some type of reunion this summer - family, school, military, etc. These reunions can be a huge boost to a city's economy, in fact, there are an estimated 300,000 reunions held in the United States each year.

Many of us participated in some type of reunion this summer - family, school, military, etc. These reunions can be a huge boost to a city's economy, in fact, there are an estimated 300,000 reunions held in the United States each year.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau initiated a new marketing strategy last year to position Dublin as a great destination for reunions and to help attract a portion of the millions of dollars generated through this market.

What makes Dublin an ideal location for reunions? The most popular reunion activity is hosting a cookout and, as Dublin residents know, Dublin is a phenomenal city for parkland. The city is home to 2,646 acres of parkland and 68 developed parks ranging from wooded natural areas and river frontage to an abundance of athletics facilities. Several of the parks provide shelter houses, amphitheaters, grills, volleyball courts, frisbee golf and children's playgrounds.

But Dublin offers more than just a place to cook up some burgers and hot dogs. We offer the number-one zoo in the country, great golf, shopping, 100-plus restaurants and more. The bureau is continuously developing strategies to add value for reunion groups and raising awareness of Dublin as a reunion destination. Through partnerships with the local business community and attractions, the bureau is creating experiences that friends and families can enjoy together.

For instance, instead of having a barbecue in your backyard, you can have a hot dog stand cater to your family in Scioto Park. You can view the Arts in Public Places sculpture "Chief Leatherlips" and learn the legend about the Wyandot Indian Chief that used to roam the land. Ask everyone to share their own family legend.

The bureau is also raising awareness of Dublin through partnerships with the Alliance of Military Reunions, the support organization for more than 350 military reunion groups. These groups represent all U.S. services, as well as armed forces from Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Collectively, they have conducted more than 3,000 military reunions.

Attracting reunions is extremely competitive for destinations. The bureau utilizes an aggressive marketing strategy to help spread the word on the great product we have in Dublin for reunions. This fall, we will attend the Rejuvenate Marketplace in Louisville with the Columbus Zoo and Marriott Northwest to meet reunion planners from across the United States in hopes of securing their business to Dublin. We already have started to create and market several packages for reunions, such as Girls or Guys Getaways, Tea and Spa packages and others.

If you are looking for assistance in bringing your reunion to Dublin, contact the bureau at 792-7666. To join in the conversation via our blog, Facebook page or to follow us on Twitter, visit our website at www.IrishisanAttitude.com.


Scott Dring is the executive director of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.