COLUMBUS - The beautiful state of Ohio was admired by many in 2021 in the midst of a successful “Ohio. Find It Here” campaign. TourismOhio reported the year as second-best for the industry, and 2019 was recorded as the first.
Visitor spending totaled $46.9 billion across 219 million travelers. Not only do these statistics speak to the state’s appeal, but they are greatly encouraging when considering Ohio’s economy.
The industry supported 411,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. The average visitor was spending $115 during day trips and $343 for overnight trips. Such positive numbers mean more opportunity and economic growth to directly benefit Ohio’s families.
I’m hopeful the tourism industry continues to thrive during the remainder of Ohio’s popular events. Half way through 2022 already and Ohio still has to look forward to the 50th anniversaries of Kings Island, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Cleveland’s Playhouse Square; the 200th anniversary of the Marblehead Lighthouse along Lake Erie; and annual hosting of the Ohio State Fair and Red, White & BOOM! in Columbus.
As a state representative, I’ll continue to support TourismOhio while they navigate these so far successful endeavors. Clearly, people are hungry for travel while the country returns to normal after Covid-19. Lawmakers must vehemently support the tourism industry while the iron is hot.
In everything I do, whether it is in Columbus or back in my home district of Stark County, I will continue to make your priorities my priorities. With that goal in mind, I welcome your feedback and opinions at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 752-2438, emailing Rep48@OhioHouse.gov, or by writing me at 77 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.