in Spending by Domestic and International Travelers
|Washington, DC -- According to data excerpted
from the latest edition of the Impact of Travel on State Economies, published
by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), California ranked
number one overall in terms of total spending by domestic and international
travelers, earning over $68 billion in expenditures. Rounding out
the top three were Florida ($54.5 billion) and New York ($34.4 billion).
These rankings are based on 2002 data—the most current year for which equally
comparable data is available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
|The rankings change slightly when looking at expenditures made solely
by domestic or international travelers in the United States (charts 2 and
3). The top three states where domestic travelers spent their money
were California ($58 billion), Florida ($40.6 billion) and Texas ($31.2
billion). International travelers spent the most money in Florida
($13.9 billion), followed by California ($10.2 billion) and New York ($7.5
“This is evidence of what an economic powerhouse the travel and tourism industry continues to be in the U.S., despite the challenges faced by the industry in the past few years,” remarked William S. Norman, president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association of America. “These data show that travel is a valuable commodity in each and every state in the nation—no matter the size of that state or whether it had millions or thousands of visitors.”
Each state also feels the impact of traveler spending through the subsequent creation of thousands of jobs. The top five states in terms of travel-generated employment in 2002, again, the latest data available, were California (820,200 jobs); Florida (742,600 jobs); Texas (534,400 jobs); New York (383,300 jobs); and Nevada (336,300 jobs).
In a state where tourism is the number one industry, such as Florida,
job creation can be tremendous. However, tourism does not have to
be a state’s largest industry for the impact to be felt. In the state
of Michigan, where tourism is the sixth-largest industry, more than 155,400
jobs were directly attributable to the dollars spent by domestic and international
travelers. Overall, the travel and tourism industry ranks as the
first-, second-, or third-largest employer in 29 of the 50 states.
TIA is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $552 billion travel industry. TIA's mission is to represent the whole of the U.S. travel industry to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.
Travel Industry Association of America
|Also See:||California Ranks Number One in Spending by Domestic Travelers, Florida Number One in Spending by International Travelers / December 2003|
|State of Hawaii Leader in State Tourism Office Spending with a budget of $56 million for 2002 - 2003, Number two is Illinois with a budget of $49.7 million / June 2003|
|Hawaii, Illinois, Florida Tourism Offices Have Largest Tourism Budgets / April 2000|