Data from the Experience Columbus Q1 visitor industry report shows Columbus tourism benefits up year over year.

Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission released their first quarter 2015 State of the Industry Report this afternoon. Below, a few key takeaways via the announcement:

From January to March 2015, all industry key performance indicators were up over the same time frame in 2014:

Overall hotel occupancy increased 1.1 percent, the average daily rate at Greater Columbus hotels grew 5.1 percent, RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) rose 6.3 percent and bed tax collections were up 6.02 percent. During the first quarter of 2015, Columbus hosted a total of 158 conventions, sporting events and groups, including 10 city-wide events. The National Hockey League's 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend welcomed 18,000 visitors; the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships – Second and Third Rounds brought in 19,500 attendees; Arnold Sports Festival upped its attendance to 200,000; American Cheer Power hosted 15,000 for the 2015 World Bid National Championship; and Ohayocon attracted 11,000 attendees. As a result of the increase in daily rates, hotel/motel bed tax collections increased 6.02 percent YTD or $439,000 through March 30, with collections totaling $7.7 million, according to reports from the Office of the City of Columbus' Auditor Hugh J. Dorrian. These funds support not only Experience Columbus, but also cultural and arts programs, social services, affordable housing programs and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority.