Economic Impact

DOLLARS & SENSE: The Economic Impact of Travel & Tourism in Cleveland

According to The Economic Impact of Tourism Study, organized by the research firm Tourism Economics and coordinated by the Ohio Tourism Division, tourism is increasing across Northeast Ohio and impacting Greater Cleveland in four economic areas:  

  • VISITOR VOLUME-According to a 2012 study conducted by D.K. Shifflet & Associates, 15.6 million visitors came to Cuyahoga County (an increase of almost five percent over the previous year).[i] In fact, tourism generated $6.7 billion in related business activity. These sales figures are up 12 percent from 2009.[ii]
  • JOB GROWTH - Tourism supports 1 in every 11 salaried jobs in Cuyahoga County, sustaining nearly 9 percent of salaried employment; Cuyahoga County's tourism employment was more than 60,946 individuals in 2011. The travel and tourism industry is Cuyahoga County's fourth largest employer.[iii]
  • WAGES - Tourism employment generated $1.8 billion dollars in wages in 2011.[iv]
  • TAX REVENUES - Tourism in Cuyahoga County contributed more than $886 million in taxes, with $265 million for state taxes and $194 million in local taxes in 2011. Visitors generate tax revenues for public coffers as they pay sales tax on goods and services. In fact, each household in Ohio would need to be taxed an additional $600 per year to replace the tourism taxes received by state and local governments.[v]

[i] 2012 D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd.

[ii] July 2012 The Economic Impact of Tourism in Cuyahoga County, pgs 25-26

[iii] July 2012 The Economic Impact of Tourism in Cuyahoga County, pgs 3, 28

[iv] July 2012 The Economic Impact of Tourism in Cuyahoga County, pgs 30

[v] July 2012 The Economic Impact of Tourism in Cuyahoga County, pgs 14, 32

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