June 11, 2015 | Number of The Day
Percentage of jobs tourism industry contributed to overall employment in 2014

The tourism industry accounted for 9.9 percent of employment — nearly one in 10 jobs — in New Jersey in 2014, according to a report by VisitNJ, the state’s official tourism website. This figure includes direct jobs, indirect jobs (such as utilities and financial services), and induced jobs (like food and beverage supply and retailers).

The tourism industry generated 508,000 jobs in New Jersey in 2014. Of these, 315,952 were directly supported; the rest, indirect or induced. The industry represents 6.6 percent of the entire state economy, contributing $36.4 billion dollars to the state GDP in 2014.

Tourism accounted for $10 billion in revenue in 2014, which translated into 4.4 percent more visitor trips, for a total of 93.2 million trips. Hotel room revenue grew by 2.4 percent.

Direct tourism-industry sales rose by 3.7 percent to $40 billion in 2014, up from $38.6 billion in 2013. This is part of a general upward trend; tourism revenues have steadily climbed since 2009, after falling for several years.