A study commissioned by the Auglaize/Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau found that two-county tourism sales increased by 5.4% in 2015, an increase over the 4.4% growth witnessed in 2014. The 2015 local tourism growth rate outpaced the statewide average of 4.9%

Other key findings include: 

  • Tourism is an integral and driving component of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties regional economy, sustaining 5.8% of salaried employment
  • Visitors to Auglaize and Mercer Counties generated business sales of $166 million, directly and indirectly, in 2015
  • Tourism supports 1 in every 17 jobs in the two-county
  • region, for a total of 2,657 local jobs
  • Tourism generated personal income of $50.8 million in 2015
  • The tourism industry generated $22.2 million in taxes in 2015
  • Tourism generated $11.5 million in state and local taxes
  • $6.5 million in state taxes
  • $5.0 million in local taxes