Ohio saw record number of tourists visiting state in 2017 - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Ohio saw record number of tourists visiting state in 2017

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio tourism officials say the state saw a record 219 million tourism visits last year, up from 212 million in 2016.

TourismOhio director Matt MacLaren tells The Columbus Dispatch the increase is due to a variety of factors, such as Cedar Point and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium adding attractions along with more business meetings and events in the state.

State officials report a $1 billion boost in tourism spending in 2017, bringing the total to $35 billion. Employment related to tourism increased by 1,000 to 428,000 jobs.

MacLaren says officials are looking to increase overnight stays by advertising in neighboring states. Overnight visitors tend to spend on average three times as much as those just visiting for the day.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Cost of governor's race topped $64M, shy of state record

    Cost of governor's race topped $64M, shy of state record

    Monday, December 10 2018 1:27 PM EST2018-12-10 18:27:13 GMT

    Spending in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race topped $64 million, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf thumped Republican Scott Wagner to win a second term.

    More >>

    Spending in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race topped $64 million, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf thumped Republican Scott Wagner to win a second term.

    More >>
  • UPDATED

    Identities of children killed in Youngstown house fire released

    Identities of children killed in Youngstown house fire released

    Monday, December 10 2018 8:54 PM EST2018-12-11 01:54:48 GMT

    Officials have confirmed the identities of the five children killed in a late night fire on Sunday. 

    More >>

    Officials have confirmed the identities of the five children killed in a late night fire on Sunday. 

    More >>
  • Recent poll ranks Ohio sixth most 'stressed out' state over holidays

    Recent poll ranks Ohio sixth most 'stressed out' state over holidays

    Monday, December 10 2018 8:47 PM EST2018-12-11 01:47:45 GMT
    The holidays can be a stressful time, and according to a recent study that is especially true for Ohioans. A recent analysis by TeamLife2Go.com ranked Ohio sixth among the ten most stressed out states over the holidays. According to TeamLife, this stress can be due to many things, including last-minute gift buying, traveling, entertaining, wrapping up big projects at work before the end of the year, wrapping presents, etc. The study used 'google trends' to decipher which states had...More >>
    The holidays can be a stressful time, and according to a recent study that is especially true for Ohioans. A recent analysis by TeamLife2Go.com ranked Ohio sixth among the ten most stressed out states over the holidays. According to TeamLife, this stress can be due to many things, including last-minute gift buying, traveling, entertaining, wrapping up big projects at work before the end of the year, wrapping presents, etc. The study used 'google trends' to decipher which states had...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms