Warren Co. reports a growth in tourism

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Officials in Warren County are reporting a growth in tourism economy in the last three years.

According to a study by Tourism Economics and the Ohio Tourism Division, tourism grew by 14.8 percent since 2009 and generated nearly $1 billion in total sales.

"Tourism supports one in every seven jobs in Warren County or 14.3 percent of the total," said Phil Smith, President and CEO of the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).  "The numbers confirm the importance of the County's diverse array of leisure tourism attractions and our brand promise as 'Ohio's Largest Playground'."

Last year, visitors spent $230 million on retail, $164 million on recreation and entertainment and $153 million on food and beverage, according to a report.

"Tourism has helped our county's job market and its businesses, and has been a significant driver of county sales tax revenue over the last two years, even in today's economy," said Pat South, Warren County Commissioner. "Because our county's tourism industry offers such a wide selection of leisure market and family entertainment venues, it is viewed as a good value for vacationers and visitors, as well as residents."

The WCCVB's goal is to bring visitors to help generate economic impact for the country.

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