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Tourism is big business for our area | News, Sports, Jobs

Travel and tourism in Ohio and across the country are significant economic development engines, employing hundreds of thousands of people and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Locally, tourism is a strong component of our economy, and we work to continuously increase its significant impact in Belmont County.

According to Oxford Economics, tourism generated a total economic impact of $255 million in Belmont County during 2021 – an increase from $246 million in 2019. Tourism resulted in $147 millin of direct visitor spending, $35 million in total tax revenues and relieved our residents $676 per household in tax burden.

Travel predictions for 2023 are looking strong, and according to, 73% of people are more optimistic about travel than they were in 2022. Many travelers are looking for experiences like nostalgic locations, community-minded trips, laid-back vacations,…

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