State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) today announced the economic benefits that TourismOhio, a pilot program for job creation in legislation she recently introduced, would have on Stark County.
House Bill 489 establishes TourismOhio, a five-year pilot program designed to encourage job creation and to promote Ohio as a popular tourist destination. The program is funded directly from a growth in sales tax revenues from tourism-related industries. Additionally, the legislation creates the TourismOhio Advisory Board consisting of industry experts to provide guidance and support efforts to promote tourism in the state.
Research conducted by Longwoods International on behalf of the Ohio Office of Tourism also revealed that the Office’s 2011 advertising efforts generated approximately $374 million in new visitor spending from an estimated 2.1 million trips.
Testimony on House Bill 489 will be heard in the State Government and Elections Committee in the coming weeks.