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Hamilton County commissioners are expected to vote on spending hotel tax revenues on facilities expansion. The Sharonville Convention Center is asking for $225,000 for phases one and two of planning. The next two planning phases would cost $575,000, and construction is estimated to be $10.5 million.

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There's a new ice cream trail in Ohio featuring Cincinnati's Aglamesis Brothers and Graeter's, and creations up north like a ten-scoop "Terminal Tower" in Cleveland and Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster with blue cake batter and cookie dough.

Meet The Woman Behind Cincinnati's Tourism Boom

Jun 25, 2018
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Tourism is a rapidly expanding market, and at the forefront of the industry is the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. According to a recent report the organization published, in 2016, more than 26 million people visited the Cincinnati region, spending $5 billion collectively, driven by spending on food and beverage, retail and lodging. Tourism generates $1.1 billion in tax revenue, including state and local taxes, and more than 77,000 jobs are sustained through the industry.

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Kentucky’s tourism industry generated more than $15 billion dollars in 2017. Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum said in a release Monday the industry saw a 3.8-percent increase over the previous year and supported more than 195,000 jobs.

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Correction, 10:17 a.m.: funding for the Sharonville Convention Center was for a future expansion study, not for furniture.

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Visitors to Hamilton County were up last year thanks in part to the All-Star Game. On the whole, the amount of revenue from an occupancy tax has been steadily increasing since 2009.

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This year marks the tenth year of the Regional Tourism Network, which was created to promote the entire 15 county region to visitors.  President and CEO Linda Antus says the network is unique because there aren't many metropolitan areas that span three states and still work together for tourism. 

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When out-of-towners stay in are hotels, Hamilton County benefits from the transit occupancy tax.

The tourist tax was used to build the Cincinnati and Sharonville convention centers. A large portion is still used to cover the debt service on those projects and the rest goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism.

Monday, the County Administration laid out options to County Commissioners for pulling back some of those revenues and using them elsewhere.

Summer fun in Cincinnati from Linda Antus

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day weekend means the start of summer vacations, and before you plan on leaving town, listen to what Linda Antus, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, tells Mark Perzel about everything that will be going on in and around Cincinnati this summer. You might want to consider visiting some of the local attractions and events, even invite friends and family to join you.