Tourists are bringing big bucks to the Buckeye State

Posted at 12:54 AM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 00:54:32-04

Did you ever think Ohio would become a hot destination for tourists?

It’s okay. You can be honest.

Whether or not you saw it coming, the numbers show that tourism in the Buckeye State has increased over the course of the last year, and outside visitors have brought nearly $1 billion more to the state economy in 2016 than in 2015.

Those visitors include Saurabh Chauhan, a Houstonian who enjoyed part of a business trip in Holy Grail Bar and Grille Wednesday night. Chauhan said Cincinnati’s walkability was a big plus, and the amount of available attractions and activities meant he’d never been bored during his visit.

"Cincinnati really caters to any need you really have," he said. "If there’s a time that I come back in the future … it’s not going to be with a reserve. It’s a really cool city, and I think a lot of people will enjoy it."

Naturally, native Cincinnatians have always known that, but recent city revitalization efforts have done their part in getting the word out.

"We’ve become a cool city," said Holy Grail manager Nick Ramsey. "With the opening of The Banks six years ago and the revitalization of Over-the-Rhine, there’s just a lot to do here now."