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Create a Community Tourism Plan

Create a Community Tourism Plan

Communities benefit from a vibrant tourism industry

The community benefits of a healthy travel and tourism industry transcend the economic impact derived from direct spending. Economic impacts can be calculated through business revenue, job creation, payroll, new business development, local tax revenue, and state tax revenue. Tourism also contributes to the overall image of a community, shaping the perception of a destination in the minds of potential business owners seeking relocation sites, visitors, and future residents. Additional advantage include:

  • Maintain or improve quality of life for residents
  • Provide revitalization that can be compatible with existing natural resource-based economies found in rural areas
  • Improve community image and stimulate civic participation
  • Provide small business and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Create jobs; increase land values; bringi outside dollars into the community
  • Improve the quality of the environment

Creating or recreating a community tourism plan takes a group of innovative and dedicated individuals. The process can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Begin today by:

  1. Identifying key members who can contribute to the plan
  2. Assessing assets & liabilities, opportunities & risks
  3. Putting together a plan
  4. Collaborating through all stages of implementation
  5. Evaluating progress and adjusting along the way
Resources for Planning, Promoting and Evaluating Community Tourism
Nonprofit Organization Development Resources

Ohio Secretary of State Common Questions with link to “Guide to Nonprofit Organizations in Ohio”
Tax Information for Charitable Organizations provided by the Internal Revenue Service

Need Assistance?

The Ohio State University Extension Community Development educators can help your community explore tourism development. Contact Nancy Bowen.