Rep. Stinziano Honored with Friend of Tourism Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State Rep. Michael Stinziano was honored Thursday by the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus with the Susan L. Homa Friend of the Industry Award.

Rep. Stinziano was honored at the association's monthly meeting for his work on legislation that created a performance-based model for funding travel and tourism in Ohio.

"I'm proud to help draw more visitors to Ohio," Rep. Stinziano said. "Tourism is a $40 billion-a-year industry, supporting more than 439,000 jobs in Ohio and resulting in $2.6 billion in state and local tax revenue.  We need to do everything we can to support it."

According to the Ohio Tourism Roundtable, which includes the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, the Ohio Restaurant Association, and the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus, combined tourism-related jobs represent Ohio’s 4th largest private sector industry, sustaining 1 in every 11 jobs in Ohio.

Rep. Stinziano said that if the legislation he helped pass increases Ohio’s tourism marketing by $10 million, visitor spending in Ohio is expected to increase by more than $1.8 billion annually, resulting in $54 million more in state sales tax annually and creating 34,831 new jobs in Ohio.

The award was named in recognition of Susan Hamo's dedicated service to the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau.