Representing Ohio’s $40 billion tourism industry, the Ohio Travel Association (OTA) brings the industry together to create change, stay on top of trends, and increase sales. Our members include all sectors of Ohio’s tourism industry, including attractions, museums, hotels, destination marketing organizations, restaurants, and suppliers.
We believe in Ohio’s tourism industry and it shows.
More than 2.4 million visitors experienced National Park Service sites in Ohio last year. During their visits, they spent $155 million in communities near each park or site.
Last week, the National Park Service released “2014 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation.” This report provides a snapshot of national and site-specific spending, as well as the overall impact this spending has on local communities as the visitor dollar flows through the economy.
Spending by visitors to Ohio’s NPS units supported 2,700 jobs in 2014. Total economic impact of these sites on the Ohio economy is $225 million when adding the business-to-business sales for goods and services that occur in addition to the direct visitor spending.
George Papagiannis from UNESCO toured Ohio in mid-April, speaking in several communities about the World Heritage designation process. Hosted by the Ohio History Connection, Papagiannis said it can take three to four years for a site to move from the tentative list to coming before the World Heritage Committee, which ultimately is responsible for making the decision on whether a site is deemed appropriate for World Heritage Status. Ohio History Connection also sat down with Papagiannis for an in-depth interview.
Forecasting Travel in the Future; Planning for Change Today
Thinking about how travel will change 15 years from now is difficult stuff. How will technology change the way our travelers seek out, book and experience travel? How will population growth, multiculturalism and an aging population create change?