As May turns to summer, the tourism industry is hoping for the kind of weather we had in 2015, when the number of visitors grew 2.4 percent to 95 million. These visitors spent $43 billion, according to Tourism Economics, who produced a survey of the state’s tourism activity for the Travel and Tourism department. About 90 percent of the visits were for leisure, not business.
The tourism industry accounts for 10 percent of the state’s jobs and 6.6 percent of the economy, according to the report.
The industry can also be counted on to provide significant tax revenues. In 2015, the report said tourism delivered $4.7 billion in state and local tax revenues.