GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Visitors in Greene County last year generated over $766 million last year, over 11% sales growth since 2015, and better than the state average.
“When you consider that over 12 percent of our population in Greene County is in the hospitality industry, that’s pretty big,” said executive director of Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kathleen Wright.
Wright said the reason that groups come to Greene County vary from sports tournaments to aviation exhibits and everything in between.
“We are located just minutes from the United States Air Force museum and we host so many military reunion groups,” said Dianna Cordle, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn – Dayton Fairborn. “They love the hotel, they love the area.”
Cordle said for her Holiday Inn location, the museum was the initial driving force, but as the number of attractions grew, so did the tourists.
“We’ve added restaurants to the area and the expansion of bike paths have been a huge undertaking for Greene County,” said Cordle.
And Wright said five new hotels are planning to come to Greene County in the next year and a half, so the tourism industry is only continuing to grow.
She said along with encouraging out-of-county visitors to check out the area, these numbers also remind current residents of all of the things to do and places to see, and that more is still on the way.
“You hate to say ‘we’ve got it all’ but we’re pretty darn close,” said Wright.
Across the state of Ohio, visitors spent over $35 billion in 2017.
The research was completed by Tourism Economics.