Tourism is a major boon to Coshocton County

  • Pre-pandemic tourism was a $ 58 million industry for Coshocton County connecting to $ 14.5 million in wages and 750 jobs.
  • Tourism dollars was down 20% in 2020 because of the pandemic, but was then up 34% in 2021.
  • Hidden gems of tourism in the county includes geocaching, hunting and sports tournaments.
  • Highlights of the summer include the hot air balloon festival, Indian Mud Run and sunflower festival.

COSHOCTON – The drop in local tourism from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 wasn’t as great as originally predicted and the bounce back in 2021 was larger than estimated. It’s hoped 2022 will be even stronger and the future of tourism in Coshocton County is bright according to Coshocton Visitors Bureau Executive Director Mindy Brems.

New figures are due out in June, but prior to the pandemic tourism brought in more than $ 58 million to the county related to attractions, food and beverage, gas and lodging. That connects to $ 14.5 million in wages and more than 750 jobs, per Tourism Economics.

“People are surprised when they hear the total amount of sales is $ 58 million. They ask how is that even possible,” Brems said. “When you have successful tourism businesses, then you have successful businesses that support those successful tourism businesses.”

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