The 2013 Convention & Leisure Tourism Metrics Report showed visitors to the county were up 4 percent

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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County saw an increase in visitors in 2013 according to a new report released by Positively Cleveland.

The 2013 Convention & Leisure Tourism Metrics Report showed visitors to the county were up 4 percent from 15.6 million in 2012 to 16.2 million in 2013.

A study by TourismOhio and Tourism Economics showed visitors to Cleveland generated $7.4 billion in 2013, up 6.7 percent from 2011, when statistics were last calculated.

The Positively Cleveland study showed that tourism supported 63,394 jobs in Cuyahoga County in 2013, a 4 percent increase from 2012, and taxes generated from the industry increased from $886 million in 2011 to $1 billion in 2013.

"Last year was no doubt a gateway year for the visitor industry to increase its economic impact in Cuyahoga County," said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland. "Cleveland's status as a visitor destination continues to improve, which is validated by these numbers. We expect this momentum to continue as we open six new downtown hotels and host larger scale meetings, including the 2016 Republican National Convention."

The report is a combination of industry statistics as well as the convention and visitors bureau's own performance metrics.

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