Bi the numbers: Battle brings in millions.

Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial brought visitors and their wallets.
Melissa Topey
Nov 12, 2013

More than 100,000 visitors spent in excess of $14 million in this region from late August to mid-September during the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial events, according to Lake Erie Shores and Islands West. 

The celebration, 200 years in the making, had a significant economic impact, said Larry Fletcher, executive director of Lake Erie Shores and Islands, who on Friday provided data on the festivities.  

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“We are happy. It was a huge success,” said Jill Bauer, public relations coordinator of the local tourism agency. “Before this, people knew Put-In-Bay for one reason.”

Given the proven payoff, the agency wants to bring the popular tall ships back to the area as soon as possible, Bauer said, and the agency's leaders also want to get Sandusky more involved.

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Ottawa County commissioners Jim Sass and Jo Ellen Regal were certainly pleased to hear the news. 

“It's a big shot in revenue,” Regal said.

On average, each visitor spent about $108 per day during the events, while an overnight visitor spent about $321 a day, Fletcher said.

All of the businesses on Middle Bass and most of the businesses in Port Clinton saw record sales.

Miller Ferry set an all-time record for passengers to Put-in-Bay on Sept. 1, and the Jet Express passenger count over the Labor Day weekend was 60 percent above the same period last year. Perry's Monument also saw a 60 percent increase in visitors, and the monument's gift shop sales were 150 percent beyond last year's levels.

Ultimately, businesses in the Register's four-county coverage area logged significant economic gains as a result of the many celebrations and events, such as band members staying at hotels in Fremont, Fletcher said.

Even Pelee Island, one of the smaller locales, saw more than 4,000 visitors over the Labor Day weekend.

"That is huge for them," Fletcher said.

War of 1812 Bicentennial economic impact (late August to mid September) 
$14.6 million: Visitors' collective spending
100,000: Visitors to region
7,150: Room nights booked at hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals from Aug. 29 to Sept. 10
4,500: Nights booked at campgrounds
4,500: Nights booked at marina slips

Put-in-Bay
7,500: People participated in boat tours
1,400: People registered for battle reenactment
2,000: Room nights booked over Labor Day weekend
1,000: Room nights booked from Sept. 6-10

Port Clinton
3,000: Ship tour tickets sold at $10 each
30,000: Visitors over Labor Day weekend
2,000: Room nights booked over Labor Day weekend