The Dayton Convention Center. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

$2B impact: Breweries, concerts, events driving tourism in Dayton area

The total sales impact of tourism in Dayton and Montgomery County reached $1.97 billion in 2017, the most recent data available, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Tourism from breweries, concerts and festivals supported $517 million in wages that year and nearly $248 million in taxes, with more than 21,000 local jobs supported, the bureau said.

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The numbers come from a study completed with the Ohio Development Services Agency/Tourism Ohio Office, released last year, reflecting 2017 numbers. CVB says these are the most recent numbers available.

The bureau’s “National Tourism Week Celebration & Community Ambassador Awards Breakfast” recognized those who brought key events to the Dayton area last year.

Recognized Thursday at the Dayton Art Institute were Hunter Phillips Goodman, of the 2018 Impact National Conference; Barry Jones, of the Family Life/Weekend to Remember Conference; Greg Gust, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Bowling Tournament; Carol Goland, of the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Annual Conference; and Dave Blake, of the 15th Air Force Bomb Group Reunion.

Each of the five individuals received an official leather flight jacket.

“It is a privilege to honor these five event planners whose events contribute significant benefit to our economy,” Jacquelyn Powell, Dayton CVB president and chief executive, said in a release.

“Meetings and conventions are big business,” Powell added.

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