Experience Columbus reports 1.1 percent increase in average daily hotel stay.

Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission have secured more events in Columbus to increase the number of visitors to the area.

New opportunities may be able to correct a 0.3 percent decrease in hotel occupancy and capitalize on a 1.1 percent increase in the average daily rate of stay noted in a first quarter 2016 State of the Visitor Industry Report.

"The Greater Columbus Sports Commission had a strong first quarter booking new events for the city," Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission executive director, said in a news release. "The core of our mission is to bring more national and international sporting events to Columbus."

The first quarter of 2016 has had a strong start already with 133 conventions, sporting events and groups hosted. Upcoming events will account for 96,447 more room nights, a 30-percent increase over first quarter 2015.

"Annual citywide conventions played an important role in maintaining a steady first quarter," said Brian Ross, Experience Columbus president and CEO. "Looking ahead, our sales team is laser-focused on increasing room nights by booking more citywide conventions and meetings in business segments including medical, engineering, scientific and corporate."

Other future events include the 2016 Buckeye Country Superfest, United States Fencing Association's 2017 January North American Cup and Club Ohio Soccer's 2016 Girls Club Ohio Nike Challenge Cup and Boys Club Ohio Nike Challenge Cup.

-Chloe Teasley