Economic Impact of Pennsylvania's Travel and Tourism Industry report demonstrates 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.
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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 2017 results:
- Commonwealth hosted 204.4 million domestic and international travelers, a record high for Pennsylvania
- Total Visitor Spending: $43.3 billion, a 4.2% increase over 2016
- Total Jobs Supported: 509,073
- State and Local Tax Revenues: $4.5 billion
- Federal Tax Revenues: $4.7 billion
The results for the Laurel Highlands in 2017 are as follows:
- Travelers spent more than $1.82 billion in the Laurel Highlands region
- Travelers to the region liked to shop with the region posting the highest share of travelers’ trip budgets spent on shopping and the third highest on food and beverage purchases among the state’s 11 tourism regions.
- $249.6 million spent in overnight lodging
- $342.5 million spent on recreation
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.