Visitor Stats and Industry Facts
Meet Farmer Dave:
Farmer Dave explains how important tourism is to our local economy. From the hotel, to the bellman, to the uniform distributor; everyone benefits from dollars generated by tourism. In Seattle Southside tourism employs more than 5,000 people and generates $56.8 million in state and local taxes. This saves the average household an amazing $385 every year! Tourism pays for Seattle Southside.
Washington’s Travel Industry Creates Jobs
Total employment directly generated by travel spending in the state was 153,300 in 2012, and travel spending generated $4.7 billion in earnings (payroll).
Rural Washington Highly Dependent on Visitor Spending
Many of Washington’s less populated counties have a greater number of travel-generated jobs in relation to total employment, making those counties more dependent on the travel industry. In 2009, the six counties with more than 10 percent travel-generated jobs were all non-urban. Further, the 14 counties with more than six percent travel-generated jobs were also non-urban. Travel spending generates more than 15 percent of local sales and lodging taxes in eight counties, all of which are non-urban.
Tourism Generates Tax Benefits that Fund Vital Government Programs
In 2012, travel spending in Washington generated nearly $1.9 billion ($1,894 million) in local and state tax revenues. On a household level, visitors from outside Washington (residents of other states or countries) generated $240 of tax revenue for each Washington household and resident travel within the state generated an additional $145 of tax revenue per household.
Additional report findings include:
- There were an estimated 5.66 million domestic air passenger arrivals to Washington in 2010.
- International visitors accounted for $1.5 billion in visitor spending in 2010.
- Residents from other states accounted for $6.8 billion in visitor spending in Washington in 2010.
- Visitors who stayed overnight in commercial lodging (hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts) spent $11.4 billion in 2012.
Seattle Southside Travel Impacts 2012
This study, prepared for Seattle Southside Visitor Services, documents the economic significance of the travel industry in the Seattle Southside area of King County from 2003 through 2012.
Power of Destination Marketing
From U.S. Travel Association and Longwoods International this report documents through research the financial value of successful destination marketing campaigns. Michigan and Philadelphia are used as case studies.
Power of Tourism Promotion
This report from U.S. Travel proves travel promotion is one of the best investments a state or local government can make. Travel promotion increases visitation, drives tax revenues and creates new jobs.