The economic impact of the travel and tourism industry on a geographic area, measured by total expenditures related to travel/tourism expenses.
Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of jobs, new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also increases regional pride.
In 2016, $918 million was spent on travel and tourism in Essex County, good for $1,180 per county resident. This was a 1% increase from 2015 and an 11% increase for the county since 2006, both similar to the statewide increases over the same timeframes. Essex County comprised about 5% of the $18 billion spent statewide.
Essex County had a lower expenditure rate in 2016 than Middlesex County, MA. Middlesex received $2.6 billion in travel and tourism spending in 2016 or nearly $1,670 per resident. This amounted to 15% of the statewide spending - reflecting an 18% increase since 2006.
Figures presented are in 2016 dollars. Total expenditures include spending by domestic and international travelers in the region on transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, recreation and other tourism-related expenses. Comparable data was not available for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY.