Recognizing that tourism is important in bringing people and revenue to Ohio, I’ve been doing all that I can to support the industry. These efforts were further realized when legislation I cosponsored was signed into law last week, doubling the amount of state funding for tourism promotion and creating a state tourism board.
In addition, the bill creates the TourismOhio Advisory Board. This group will be comprised of industry experts who are familiar with Ohio and its attractions. The members will provide guidance and support efforts to promote Ohio tourism.
One of the things I like most about the recently signed legislation is that it allows for flexibility in how the money is being spent. For instance, it could be used for a large campaign that highlights the whole state or used for more regional advertising. This means we can see what works best and go with it.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Ashtabula and Trumbull counties will benefit from growth in Ohio’s tourism industry. Bringing in visitors has always played an important role here, with people coming to Lake Erie or to see our covered bridges. What’s important is that we can attract them, keep them here to spend money, and send them off happy—wanting to come back.
I plan to meet with more business owners from the district who are closely aligned with the tourism industry. It’s a priority of mine to find additional ways that the state can meet the needs of this industry. In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of Ohio’s many attractions.