New York State’s tourism industry generated new records for total visitation, economic impact and direct spending in 2017. Supported by the governor’s unprecedented investments in tourism statewide, New York State welcomed a record-high 243.8 million visitors who generated an economic impact of $108.7 billion – exceeding $100 billion for the fourth straight year. In addition, direct visitor spending reached an all-time high of $67.6 billion. These figures each represent a more than four percent increase over 2016.
Visitation: 243.8 million
New York State welcomed 243.8 million visitors in 2017, nearly 5 million more than the previous year. This represents a nearly 18 percent increase since the Governor took office in 2011.
Economic Impact: $108.7 billion
The total economic impact of tourism statewide reached a record $108.7 billion, exceeding $100 billion for the fourth straight year – an increase of nearly $22 billion from 2011.
Direct Spending: $67.6 billion
Visitors to New York State in 2017 generated $67.6 billion in direct spending, nearly $3 billion more than 2016, and almost $14 billion more than in 2011.
State and Local Taxes: $8.5 billion
New York State tourism generated $8.5 billion in state and local taxes in 2017, a more than 3.6 percent increase over 2016, saving each household an average of $1,172 in taxes.
Employment: 938,800 jobs
Tourism is now the third largest private sector employer in the state, supporting 938,800 jobs last year, according to the New York State Department of Labor.
Additionally, passenger counts at all New York State airports increased by 2.3 percent in 2017, complemented by a nearly four percent jump in hotel room demand.
Last year, more than 12.4 million people visited the Adirondack region – over 460,000 visitors more than in 2016 – generating more than $1.4 billion in direct visitor spending. This represents a 5.5 percent spending increase over the previous year, and a 24 percent increase since 2011. In addition, regional tourism generated $178 million in State and local taxes.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The state’s tourism industry continues to reach unprecedented heights, supporting job creation, small business growth and regional economies statewide. Through events like the Adirondack Challenge, we continue to encourage visitors to plan a trip and experience all there is to see and do in New York State.”