Travel spending in Ohio fell by 40% last year, and the hard-hit industry is still reeling
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Travel spending in Ohio fell by 40% last year, and the hard-hit industry is still reeling

Tourism spending in Ohio plunged by 40% last year as the coronavirus pandemic curtailed corporate travel, prompted business shutdowns and severely dampened leisure activity.

The Ohio Travel Association reported Friday, Feb. 12, that industrywide revenues fell $12.8 billion last year, when compared with their 2019 levels. The sharp falloff in travel, combined with public health restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus, spurred a $378 million decline in annual state tax revenues, according to Tourism Economics, a research firm.

Across Ohio, local tax revenues tied to travel and lodging dropped by $223 million. And the downturn in Ohio translated to an $808 million decrease in tax revenues at the federal level, Tourism Economics…

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