Millions of new visitors are coming to Columbus.
City leaders say the Fountain City has proven to be a desired destination.
The results of the new study, shows many people come to Columbus for various events and all the visitors are making big contributions to the local and regional economies.
For the Fiscal year 2015, more than 1.8 million visitors traveled to Columbus.
For fiscal year 2014, the city saw 1.7 million people.
Events and attractions like whitewater rafting, religious conventions and the annual Fountain City Classic bring in millions of dollars. Those events also impact the hotel industry.
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau says those in town spent an estimated $340 million locally in fiscal year 2015. "Meeting and conventions are very strong; it's one of our largest market segments that we work on. They're also the most lucrative meaning they spend the most money when they are in a destination. Then it breaks down to military reunions to group leisure travel, family reunions are big,” says Peter Bowden, President of the Columbus Visitors Bureau.
The tourism study was completed by Columbus State University's Butler Center for Business and Economic Research.