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 2018, over $1 billion was spent on travel and tourism in Essex County, good for $1,303 per county resident. This was a 3% increase from 2017 and a 18% increase for the county since 2006, both similar to the statewide increases over the same timeframes. Essex County comprised about 5.1% of the $20 billion spent statewide.
Essex County had a lower expenditure rate in 2018 than Middlesex County, MA. Middlesex received just under $2.9 billion in travel and tourism spending in 2018 or $1,800 per resident. This amounted to 15% of the statewide spending - reflecting a 14% increase since 2006.
Figures presented are in 2019 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.