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TODAY IS Friday February 23rd
Ohio Tourism Industry Grows in 2016
Thursday May 11, 2017 1:03pm
Columbus, OH

By: Sheila McCrea

Tourism Ohio released 2016 data documenting the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth within the state's tourism industry, and highlighting its importance as an economic driver for the state.

Direct visitor spending in 2016 was estimated at $34 billion, an increase of one billion dollars from 2015. The direct visitor spending generated an estimated $43 billion in sales, up from $42 billion the previous year.

The number of tourism visits to and within Ohio increased from 207 million in 2015 to 212 million visits in 2016. Of those 212 million visits last year, nearly 42 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. $360 for overnight trips).

In addition to an increase in visits and visitor spending, the tourism industry added 7,000 tourism-related jobs last year for a total of 427,000 jobs supported by tourism, up from 420,000 in 2015.

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