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Tourism industry provides jobs for nearly 10,000 residents
Visit Spokane is pleased to announce the figures recently reported by Dean Runyan Associates in the 2014 tourism study measuring the impact of travel in Spokane County.
Visitor spending in 2014 totaled $893 million, an increase of $27 million from 2013. While in Spokane County, visitors spend money at hotels, restaurants, shops, gas stations and more.
"We are thrilled with the numbers," said Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO of Visit Spokane. "As an organization, we recognize that travel and tourism has a big impact on the community, but the increase in visitor spending validates our efforts."
In addition to the huge economic impact on our region from travel and tourism, visitor spending significantly and positively impacts our tax base. For 2014, visitor spending generated $88.6 million in non-resident tax dollars. Statewide, each Washington household saves $450 a year thanks to taxes generated by visitors.
Visitors are able to have a great destination experience thanks to the locals who staff everything from restaurants to retail shops, hotel front desks to destination attractions. The area's tourism industry provided jobs for 9,550 residents in Spokane County in 2014.
Visit Spokane is the official destination marketing organization for Spokane County and its jurisdictions. As the primary marketer of the Spokane region as a destination for convention and leisure travel, Visit Spokane also works to generate economic growth for the area through travel and tourism.
"Travel and tourism is a strong economic driver," said Cheryl. "The industry is growing and will continue to support the vibrant communities where our residents live, work and play."
About Visit Spokane
Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $877 million in 2013, providing jobs for nearly 9,620 residents in the region and generating $62 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*
*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2013.