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Ohio Tourism Facts and Figures:

Tourism Benefits Ohio

Tourism is an important and growing industry in Ohio, producing $38 billion in business activity in 2013 (Tourism Economics, 2014).  In addition, tourism-related construction investments recently tallied more than $3 billion over a three-year period, outpacing the average overall capital investment in the state by other industries (The Economic Impact of Tourism Capital Investment in Ohio, 2013). 

Spending by visitors in Ohio, as well as business spending to service these visitors, supports 466,696 jobs, or 8.9% of all jobs in the state.  These jobs generate $11.4 billion in personal income for Ohioans.  Job growth within the tourism industry is more than two times that of the overall employment rate, making the tourism industry an important component in securing a sustainable and balanced economy (Tourism Economics, 2014). 

For Ohio's latest economic impact study for Ohio's tourism industry, please refer to "The Economic Impact of Tourism in Ohio" prepared by Tourism Economics for the Ohio Tourism Division, a division of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency.

In May, 2010, the Ohio Developmental Services Agency Tourism Division reported that its 2009 paid consumer marketing efforts generated approximately $360 million in new visitor spending, returning $13 in state and local taxes for every $1 invested in the campaign. In 2008, the return on investment was $12.

For more tourism facts, visit the ODSA Tourism Division.

Ohio Tourism Creates Jobs

Created by the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Tourism Creates Jobs website features the economic impacts of tourism in Ohio, as well as resources for improving your legislative advocacy.

Ohio Tourism Contributes to the $740 billion U.S. Tourism Industry

Whether measured through jobs, tax revenues, expenditures, visitor arrivals, world perception or quality of life, travel and tourism is one of America's greatest assets and largest exports. SOURCE: U.S. Travel Association Fast Facts

Ohio Tourism Contributes to the Worldwide Industry

The World Tourism Organization is an agency of the United Nations. This effort is built upon a belief that tourism is a primary vehicle for job creation and economic growth, as well as a leader in shifting to a Green Economy. For international visitation and spending data, visit the International Trade Adminsitration, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries.

What is Tourism?

Tourism encompasses portions of many sectors including hospitality, transportation, retail, and entertainment. Tourism attracts temporary visitors to places where they purchase goods and services. Both rural and urban communities base their visitor attraction strategies around favorable local advantages such as climate, history, and cultural and natural resources. SOURCE: International Economic Development Council.