Tourism as an Economic Driver
The tourism industry is a huge business internationally, nationally and locally. According to the U.S. Travel Association, in 2009, the U.S. travel industry received $704.4 billion from domestic and international travelers (excluding international passenger fares). These travel expenditures, in turn, directly generated more than 7.4 million jobs with $186.3 billion in payroll income for Americans, as well as $113.0 billion tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.
In the state of Florida, there is a significant economic impact from visitors. In 2008, approximately 84.2 million visitors to Florida generated $65.2 billion in taxable sales, $3.9 billion in state taxes and employed 1,007,000 Florida residents. (www.visitflorida.org).
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