Warren County recently surpassed a major milestone that it has never reached before.
A study by Tourism Economics and the Ohio Tourism Division show s the local county's booming tourism economy surpassed a whopping $1 billion in total annual sales.
“Tourism supports one in every eight jobs in Warren County or 12.7 percent of the total,” said Phil Smith, President & CEO of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB). “We are thrilled to have surpassed the $1 billion mark. This confirms the importance of the County’s diverse array of leisure tourism attractions and our brand promise as ‘Ohio’s Largest Playground’.”
Tourism is the No. 1 industry in Warren County.
The study shows in 2013, 8.3 million visitors to Warren Co. generated more than $1.063 billion in economic impact and the top three areas of visitor spending were retail ($245.5 million), recreation & entertainment ($184.3 million) and food & beverage ($161.3 million).
Not to mention 11,866 tourism-related jobs in Warren County generated $252.1 million in wages and $136.5 million in federal, state and local taxes. The study says no other county in southwest Ohio is more dependent on tourism for jobs than Warren County.
Relative to other counties, Warren County out-paced the state average growth rate of 4.6 percent with a one-year growth of 5.2 percent.
Where is all the money pouring in from?
"I think a lot of people kind of forget what attractions are actually in Warren County," said Mary Fessler, Director of Marketing at the Warren County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
The area is so jam-packed with things to do the county has been dubbed "Ohio's largest playground."
With several summer music festivals and events, the area draws even more people that may not have visited otherwise.
Fessler says families who stay overnight in the area are key because overnight travelers spend three times as much as day travelers.
"(Warren County) is lost in time sometimes between Dayton and Cincinnati but we actually have more attractions in a 30 mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio," Fessler said. "There is nowhere else in Ohio where you can stay for a night and do that much close by."
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