Lake County's Annual Conference on Tourism
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Our Presenters:

Ivan  Schwarz:  President & CEO Greater  Cleveland  Film  Commission  

Ivan Schwarz has been the President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission for over ten years.  The Film Commission is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio through the growth of a sustainable media production industry.  

Since passing the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit in 2009, more than 110 productions have been filmed in  Cleveland. 

Dan O’Shannon: Executive Producer of Modern Family

 Dan O'Shannon is an American television writer and producer who has worked on shows such as NewhartCheersFrasier and ABC ‘s Modern Family, Dan is a native of Lake County OH, from Painesville, OH and graduated from Riverside High School. Dan has won six Emmy awards for his TV work (five for Modern Family, and one for Cheers). He has received five Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) awards including three for Modern Family, one for Frasier, and one for a special television event, Time-Warner Presents the Earth Day Special. Dan has received several Golden Globe Awards. In addition to television writing, Dan is the author of two books, The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, published by Harper-Collins (2014) and  What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, published by Continuum International Publishing Group in 2012.


David Keltz: Edgar Allan Poe

David Keltz gave his first performance as Edgar Allan Poe on Halloween night 1991 at Poe's grave. Delighting all ages, he commands five hours of Poe's poems, short stories, essays, literary criticism, letters and reported conversations. 

Beginning with "The Tell-Tale Heart," Mr. Keltz added "The Black Cat," "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," "Hop-Frog," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Some Words with a Mummy," and "The Spectacles" to his repertoire. In keeping with Edgar Poe's own "Poetic Principle," Mr. Keltz recites "To Helen," "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and many more of Poe's famous poems.

Besides traditional theatre settings, performance spaces as diverse as castles, libraries, medical theatres, and private dining rooms provide the backdrop for his personification of the genius we recognize as Edgar Allan Poe. Each performance is tailored to the particular audience and ranges from 10 minutes to 2 hours.

A Christmas Story House and Museum General Manager Kim Riffle

A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours and overnight stays. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car.

After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s house don’t forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia. You can even shop through our online gift shop. Proceeds from the  gift shop and overnight stays help support and maintain A Christmas Story House & Museum.

See what is happening right now at A Christmas Story House through our live shot streaming video.

About the Annual Conference on tourism

October 18, 2018

5:30 - 7:30pm

Doors open at 5:00 for the Red Carpet Welcome. 

Four Points by Sheraton (formerly Stonehill)

The drivers of tourism come from all directions. Across the nation... or next door. This year the 2018 Annual Conference on Tourism celebrates Hollywood! And the impact Hollywood has on tourism.

Since 2009 the Cleveland film industry has generated over $400 million dollars in the general Cleveland communities. The film industry touches the private sector through car and equipment rentals, restaurants, hotels, Home Depot, and local commerce sales. In fact, each film producer is incentivized to utilize local vendors to take advantage of local tax incentives. Tax dollars that go right back in to our community.

This year the Lake County Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome Ivan Schwarz President & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, David Keltz as Edgar Allen Poe, and Kim Riffle of A Christmas Story House and Museum.

Bring your camera (phone) as you will want to take lots of photos... Including a photo at the Lake Health Red Carpet!

We also thank Skye Bistro, the Best Western Lawnfield, and Doc Howard’s Distillery for their continued support.

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 Lake County Visitors Bureau Contact Information: 

Phone: 440-975-1234



Event Tickets

Ticket includes a full meal, a goodie bag, and a cash bar with Doc Howard's bourbon or whiskey.


Discounted Ticket 

The Lake County Visitors Bureau wishes to honor Law Enforcement and Veterans. Call the Lake County Visitors Bureau to receive your Discounted Ticket. 

Standard Ticket

ALL ARE WELCOME! Ticket includes a full meal for the 2018 Annual Conference on Tourism; featuring Ivan Schwarz President & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Kim Riffle General Manager A Christmas Story House, a performance by David Keltz as Edgar Allen Poe, and our special guest emcee Dan O’Shannon Hollywood writer and producer. A souvenir photo on the Lake Health Red Carpet!

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Reserve your table

To reserve your table or half table please contact The Lake County Visitors Bureau. Call to hear about pricing.