ZANESVILLE, Ohio – An annual event that attracts thousands of people to the southeast Ohio area is creating an economic ripple effect on the community .
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce President, Dana Matz said tourism generates more than 200 million dollars a year. Matz said of that amount ‘Pottery Lovers Week’ contributes a large portion to the tourism efforts in our community.
"The folks staying at the hotels, create bed tax for the Convention of Visitors Bureau. They then in term put back into marketing tourism in our community of Zanesville-Muskingum County," said Matz.
Matz said ‘Pottery Lovers Week’ is not only for the hobbyist but, for the investors as well. He said the investments made during this week will continue to have an impact on the community even after the festival is over.
"The long term of this is the impact after this event is gone there are still people coming to our downtown businesses to look for our pottery," said Matz.
Matz said they look forward to welcoming tourists into the community in the future.