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1.3%

March 21, 2014

Tourism spending rose 1.3 percent in 2013 to about $38.4 billion, according to an annual report by Tourism Economics, a consultancy.

About one in 10 -- or 320,238 -- jobs in the state are related to the tourism industry, and it makes up about 6.9 percent of the entire state economy. Trip volume was up significantly last year, going from 82.4 million visits in 2012 to 87.2 million in 2013.

According to the report, the state seems to have largely recovered from Sandy, although poor weather this past fall put a damper on visits.

What isn’t working? Hotel demand dropped 1.1 percent, although revenue was up 1.2 percent due to increases in prices. Casino win -- the amount casinos reaped from visitors -- dropped another 5.9 percent. However, the report pointed out that this is the smallest year-to-year decline since 2007.

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