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Warren County reports positive summer tourism season

MASON, OH (FOX19) -

Officials at the Beach Waterpark in Mason is say this summer's heat waves contributed to more families hitting the waves at the park.

"We did have a 13 percent increase in per capita spending, so that was a really, really positive thing that we found out this year," said Derrick Blevins of the Beach Waterpark.
 
Blevins says this summer was the strongest in the waterpark's 27 year history,  he says their close proximity to other tri-state family favorites is a tourism boost for the region as a whole.
 
"Having King's Island as our neighbors, the tennis, center and even the zoo right down the interstate, I think that's a really positive thing because it brings more people to the Cincinnati area, it brings people to Warren County, and that's only a good thing," Blevins said.
 
Phil Smith of the Warren County Convention and Visitor's Bureau says a slight increase over last year in lodging tax as a positive indicator for the county, though more detailed numbers will tell the full story later this year.
 
"We're employing about 10,500 people so it's critical to have a good tourism season, and I think we just wrapped up one," Smith said.
 
Smith attributes a successful summer for tourism in large part to the Western Southern Open.
 
"Certainly, this event, the Western Southern Open helped a lot, with combining into a single week for both men and women, that drew a lot more interest," said Smith.
 
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