About VLC



The mission of Visit Lorain County is to increase tourism and its economic impact in Lorain County.


Visit Lorain County works to establish Lorain County as a premier Lake Erie and outdoor destination among various markets of travelers. Through excellence in marketing, providing authentic experiences, credibility and transparency, VLC leads the Lorain County travel industry into the future with cutting edge marketing innovation.

Organizational History

Visit Lorain County (VLC) was formed by the Lorain County Commissioners on October 27, 1983. Funding for VLC comes from a 3% Lodging Excise Tax or “Bed Tax.” Resolution 83-429, passed by the Commissioners on April 29, 1983, provides for the collection of these taxes.

Visit Lorain County is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. The purpose of Visit Lorain County is to promote travel and tourism in Lorain County. VLC is charged with the task of developing an image that will position Lorain County as a viable destination for sports events, meetings and visitors. VLC serves all components of the visitor industry including motels, restaurants, meeting facilities, attractions, tour operators, and the commercial and retail resources that are important to the visitor. The Visitors Bureau is a community’s single most powerful marketing organization.


VLC is funded through a 3% bed tax levied on visitors to Lorain County’s lodging facilities. No local taxes support Visit Lorain County. Over 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties have visitors bureaus. Funding is made possible through a state law to invoke the lodging tax. By law, the county lodging tax is dedicated to a county-wide visitors bureau. This is in keeping with the idea that a tax on a specific industry should benefit and further that industry.

To see how tourism in Lorain County fared for 2015 and a summary of Visit Lorain County accomplishments, click Here.

See what the media, our members and stakeholders have to say about working with Visit Lorain County:

For the most recent State of Ohio Auditors Report click here.

For a copy of the most recent compiled financial statements: Compiled Financial Statement.final.2014.

Why do we care if Lorain County attracts tourism?

Click here to download complete report of the economic impact of tourism in Lorain County.

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