COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio tourism industries are attracting more visitors and revenue to the state than previous years, according to 2013 economic impact data released by TourismOhio.
During 2013, Ohio saw about 195 million visits, an increase of 5 million visits from 2012 when Ohio received 190 million visits. Of those visits, 37 million visitors stayed overnight in Ohio last year. Research shows that overnight visitors spend, on average, three times more than day trip visitors.
More visits to Ohio have also yielded more spending in the state. Direct visitor spending in 2013 was estimated at $30 billion, $1 billion more than the previous year. The increase in visitor spending generated approximately $38 billion in sales, up from $36 billion in 2012.
In addition, tourism-related jobs are showing growth. Tourism supports roughly 405,000 Ohio full-time and seasonal jobs, an increase of about 2.5 percent from last year.
"This data further underscores tourism's economic value to Ohio," said Mary Cusick, director of TourismOhio.
She says one of the best things about Ohio is the diverse types of attractions you can find in the state.