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Ohio tourism sees record year

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It’s Tourism Day across Ohio, and the state is seeing sustained growth in the industry.

TourismOhio released 2017 numbers Wednesday showing the importance of tourism as an economic driver for the state.

Direct visitor spending, meaning money spent on hotels, motels, transportation, etc,  in 2017 was estimated at $35 billion, an increase of $1 billion from 2016. That spending generated an estimated $44 billion is sales, up from $43 billion the previous year.

In addition to an increase in visitor spending, the tourism industry added 1,000 tourism-related jobs last year for a total of 428,000 jobs supported by tourism, up from 427,000 in 2016.

“Today is Ohio Tourism Day by proclamation of Governor Kasich, and I am proud to say that tourism continues to create jobs and help drive the economies of Ohio communities,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  The “Ohio. Find It Here” brand continues to be successful in sharing out states unique travel opportunities.

The number of tourism visits to and within Ohio increased from 212 million in 2016 to 219 million visits in 2017 – a new record! Of those 219 million visits last year, 43 million were overnight trips.

Research shows that overnight visitors spend, on average, more than three times the amount spent by daytrip visitors ($111 for daytrips vs. $365 for overnight trips).

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