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PA is the 5th Leading Destination State in the United States

Economic Impact of Pennsylvania's Travel and Tourism Industry report demonstrate the vital importance of the travel industry to Pennsylvania's economy and summarizes visitor spending, employment and earnings derived from traveler spending, the contribution of the travel industry to Pennsylvania's gross state product, and tax receipts derived from traveler spending.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office and Tourism Economics worked together to produce the economic impact of travel and tourism report starting in 2009. Below is a summary of the 2014 results:

  • Commonwealth hosted 192.8 million domestic and international travelers
  • Total Visitor Spending--$39.7 billion
  • Total Economic Impact--$69.6 billion
  • Total Jobs Supported--482,524
  • State & Local Tax Revenues--$4.2 billion, State and Local
  • Federal Tax Revenues--$4.3 billion

The results for the Laurel Highlands are as follows:

  • Travelers spent well over 1.8 billion in the Laurel Highlands region in 2014.
  • This increase was second highest in percentage terms among state's 11 tourism regions.
  • The Laurel Highlands had the second highest proportion of travelers' dollars spent towards lodging, and third highest in food, beverages and shopping among the state's 11 tourism regions. 
  • $255.8 million spent in Lodging, an 8/8% increase from 2013
  • $333.9 million spent on Recreation, a 3.2% increase over 2013 

The 2011 Annual Travel Profile done by Longwoods International showed the following for the Laurel Highlands:

  • 2.6 million overnight trips
  • 4.2 million day trips 
  • 62% of overnight and day trips find it important to access our region by car
  • Top factors for visiting the area: affordable attractions/events, unique or local food and cuisine, and lots of historic things to see or experience.

For more tourism statistics and research information, go to the VisitPA website.