The Ohio Campground Owners Association (OCOA), as a member of the Ohio Travel Association (OTA), was successful in lobbying the state legislature for a 40% increase in funding ($5.5 million over two years) for the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism’s marketing efforts.
This made the Ohio tourism industry one of the few industries to benefit from increased funding in the state’s 2008-2009, $52 billion budget bill, which was recently signed by Gov. Ted Strickland, according to the current issue of the OCOA News Bulletin.
Most of the additional funds will go to bolster Ohio tourism’s advertising buy. As a result, the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism budget will represent nearly $9 million in fiscal year 2008 and nearly $10 million in fiscal year 2009. Furthermore, a new line item for travel and tourism cooperative projects was created.