Ohio tourism is growing

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Ohio may not be the number one vacation destination, but it looks like tourism is growing.

State officials say Ohio's tourism industry sales have reached $40 billion, that's $2 billion more than last year.

Furthermore, the industry has added at least 4,000 more jobs, and generated $1.6 billion in state taxes and $1.1 billion in local taxes during 2011.

Ohio's Tourism Director, Amir Eylon, is hopeful about the increase in visitors and believes tourism is returning to the level it was at before the recession.

The department believes tourism can serve as a good economic opportunity for Ohio.

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