Broke, but Ohio still wants visitors

$4.7 million budgeted under Department of Development allocation, state officials say

Wednesday,  July 22, 2009 10:30 PM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ohio’s state tourism budget is getting a $4.7 million boost, days after the new state budget cut dedicated funding by more than 90 percent from last year.

The money will come from funds that have been allocated, as in past years, for Ohio Department of Development marketing initiatives, said Amir Eylon, state tourism director. The source of that line item, which totals $8.4 million for fiscal 2010, is unclaimed funds.

The move will bring the state tourism budget for fiscal 2010, which started July 1, to $5.1 million, including the $400,000 that was allocated in the new budget. That’s still a one-third reduction from last year’s budget, but Eylon said it will allow the division to “continue to deliver core services uninterrupted” while working to establish a new public/private partnership model for next year. Keep reading…

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