Report sheds light on regional tourism

Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

October 12, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

A report released by Tourism Economics on the impact of tourism in Scioto and Pike Counties indicates that tourism continues to have a positive impact on the local economies.

According to the report, “tourism is an integral and driving component of the Scioto County economy, sustaining 9.1 percent of salaried employment. Visitors to Scioto County generated business sales of $165 million, directly and indirectly in 2011. Tourism supports one in every 11 salaried jobs in Scioto County.”

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon Wednesday that featured Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Sharon Manson talking about the impact of tourism in Pike County.

Manson said as a CVB they can get a report every two years on the effects of tourism in each county.

“In 2011 we (Pike County) generated $29.2 million sales through tourism and taxes we generated $3.9 million,” Manson said. “Employment generated from tourism in Pike County was 558 jobs.”

She said tourism sustains a little more than six percent of salaried employment in Pike County.

Manson said this report comes as good news to Pike County.

“In previous reports tourism had been down. This report shows us doing a little bit better. Tourism does generate a lot of revenue for the county and for the people that operate visitors bureau kinds of businesses,” Manson said.

She said according to the report, if state and local taxes generated by travel and tourism would go away each household in Pike County would need to pay an additional $600 to maintain current level of services provided by the government.

“People find it hard to believe these numbers but, if you are in this kind of business you believe it,” Manson said.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in August, Pike County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.1 percent and has held that record for several consecutive months.

Manson said because of the increased cost of gas some Ohioans are looking closer to home for a vacation or a weekend destination.

According to the report, the Southeast region of Ohio generated four percent of the states tourism sales with $1.4 billion.

The report states that in Ohio visitor spending rose 6.5 percent. An estimated 181.5 million people traveled in Ohio in 2011. Visitor spending of $26.3 billion generated $40 billion is business sales in 2011. Tourism taxes grew faster than overall state tax receipts.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.