Ohio sees growth in tourism sales, visits in 2010

Ohio's tourism director says the industry made more money and welcomed more visitors last year - a sign that bodes well for the state as it tries to rebound from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Director Amir Eylon said Thursday new figures show tourism-related sales in the state increased from $36 billion in 2009 to $38 billion in 2010.

Total visits to and within Ohio grew to nearly 179 million in 2010, a 4 percent increase from 2009.

Overnight stays in the state also rose, along with the spending by those visitors.

Meanwhile, auto club AAA said Thursday it expects Memorial Day weekend trips of 50 miles or more will be taken by 1.4 million Ohioans, up a slight 0.3 percent from last year.

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