Economic Impact & Visitor Spending

Since 2002, the Sports Commission has booked 386 new sporting events for the Columbus Region, generating an estimated $402 million in visitor spending*. Those millions of dollars are invested in our city, improving the quality of life for our community and generating economic growth. Here are the top five industry sectors that benefit from the estimated $402 million in visitor spending:

  • Retail: $92.5 million (23%)
  • Food & Beverage: $64.3 million (16%)
  • Transportation: $56.3 million (14%)
  • Entertainment: $48.2 million (12%)
  • Lodging: $32.1 million (8%)

*Based on research formulas provided by Tourism Economics