A new study released by Tourism Economics and the Ohio Tourism Division found Warren County’s tourism economy accounted for a record $1.24 billion in total annual sales in 2017, according to a press release issued today by the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).
That figure - which represents a growth rate of 6.5 percent from the previous study in 2015 - was spurred by an influx in visitation, as the county welcomed a record 12 million visitors in 2017, according to the release.
The study also reportedly showed tourism supports 11,666 jobs in Warren County, or approximately 10.4 percent of its total private employment. Those jobs generated an estimated $285 million in wages and $148.8 million in federal, state, and local taxes in 2017.
“Tourism has been Warren County’s number one industry for quite some time now, and its impact is only continuing to grow year after year. We’re very fortunate to have a terrific array of tourist-friendly attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels in our region, and those attractions and the visitors they draw benefit us all in many ways,” Phillip S. Smith, President & CEO of the WCCVB, said in the release.