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Last year was another record-breaking year for tourism in Cleveland.
A new study released by Destination Cleveland this morning shows that in 2017 the area brought in 18.2 million visitors, a 2.3 percent increase over the year prior.
In general, tourism is up throughout the country, and Ohio's other big C cities, Columbus and Cincinnati, attracted 3 percent and 2 percent more visitors respectively.
More tourists also means good things for the local economy. An economic impact study, also released today, showed that the tourism industry contributed $8.8 billion to Cuyahoga County's economy. Both Cleveland studies were conducted by the Philidelphia-based group Tourism Economics.
National outlets have written about what a diamond-in-the-rough
Cleveland is for years now, and two recent articles from the Daily Mail
(where they actually label the city the "Portland of the east") show these type of stories probably aren't dwindling any time soon.
Destination Cleveland hopes to see 20 million visitors
by the year 2020, but it will be interesting to see how these numbers fluctuate in the next year without the presence of LeBron James to lure