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Yuma, AZ – Total direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled $635.3 million in 2017, up 4.8% over the previous year. The impressive figure is part of an extensive report, which was recently released by Dean Runyan Associates, on the economic impact that travel and tourism have throughout Arizona.
Prepared for the Arizona Office of Tourism, the report shows a similar increase in travel spending statewide, with travelers spending $22.7 billion throughout Arizona in 2017. In addition to direct spending, the study tracks the impact of travel and tourism on multiple economic categories including earnings, employment and tax receipts.
According to the report, Yuma experienced increases in every major category measured. Expenditures on hotel and motel stays rose almost 10% over 2016, totaling $165.5 million. Likewise, travel spending increased on commodities including food, gas, arts and entertainment, retail sales, and air travel, collectively showing a 4.2% rise over the previous year.
“In Yuma County, we are very pleased.”, said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma, “It’s one of the best years in nearly ten years. Tourism is a great benefit to the community, so it’s important that we are actively promoting Yuma to make sure discretionary travel dollars are being spent in Yuma.”
In addition to direct spending, industry earnings generated by travel spending in Yuma County totaled $164.4 million 2017, an increase of 5.9% from the previous year. Employment, too, saw an increase, with 6,400 local jobs supported by travel spending.
Local tax receipts generated by travel spending increased as well, totaling $22.6 million. Statewide, the travel industry generated $1,239 in local, state, and federal taxes for each Arizona household.
“Tourism is a huge revenue generator for Arizona, and it positively impacts the economies of all 15 counties,” said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. “Visitors to the state cumulatively spend $58 million each day, and that money simultaneously reduces the tax burden and elevates the quality of life of every Arizona resident.”
Yuma residents may find out more about Yuma as a travel destination as well as the local organizations and businesses partnering with Visit Yuma to promote the Yuma area at VisitYuma.com, and at the Visitor Information Center at 201 N 4th Avenue.
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