Ohio Tourism Toolbox

Ohio Tourism Facts & Figures


Tourism Benefits Ohio

Tourism is a vital and growing component of Ohio's economy. In 2009, visitor spending generated $36 billion in sales for Ohio businesses. Approximately 437,000 full-time equivalent jobs were sustained by Ohio's travel and tourism industry with a total income of $10 billion. Tourism generated $2.5 billion in state and local taxes in 2009.

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 Department of Development.

In May, 2010, the Ohio Department of Development 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 ODOD 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