Tourism Generates Billions in Tax Revenue for States

According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, travel – both domestic and international – has a big impact on economic growth and job creation in the states. In 2015, domestic travelers took almost 2.2 billion trips and 77.5 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. These travelers combined generated $2.1 trillion in output for the U.S. economy and provided jobs for 15.1 million Americans, or one in nine private sector jobs. In addition, travel generated a total of $67 billion in state and local tax revenue.

On a state-by-state basis, spending on international and domestic travel varied from $2 billion a year in Delaware and Rhode Island to $128.9 billion in California and $90.9 billion in Florida. Total tax revenue generated by travel (federal, state and local) exceeded $1 billion per year In 34 states plus the District of Columbia, and the revenue generated in four states – California, Florida, New York and Texas – generate was more than $10 billion per year.

As a percent of total employment, jobs supported directly by the travel industry ranged from less than 3.5 percent in Rhode Island, Indiana and Ohio to more than 25 percent in Nevada and Hawaii.