Tourism in the Grand Lake St. Marys region continued to grow in 2014, according to figures provided by Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Grube. 

The total economic impact of tourism totaled more than $50.8 million, up from $48.5 million in 2013 and $44.5 million in 2012. The 2014 tourism figures are very close to matching the pre-algal bloom figure of $51.6 million set in 2008. 

In 2014, tourism also supported 2,670 local jobs – more than the 2,551 it supported in 2013 and the 2,584 jobs it supported in 2008. 

NOTE: Tourism figures are derived from hotel statistics, and DO NOT include figures from campers, weekenders, or day-trippers. Special thanks to CVB Executive Director Donna Grube for sharing these figures with the LIA. 

Auglaize & Mercer Counties 2014 Tourism Spending

Gross Room Sales                         $   5,340,589

Gasoline, Oil & Auto Repair         $ 16,021,767

Restaurants and Clubs                   $ 18,692,061

Entertainment & Recreation         $   4,325,876

General Retail Purchases               $  6,462,113_

Total Tourism Income                   $ 50,842,407

Total Jobs supported                           2,670