Overnight, international trips drive seventh annual rise in tourism impacts

TAMPA (September 14, 2017) –  Visitors pumped nearly $6 billion into Tampa Bay’s economy in 2016, helping to support nearly 50,000 jobs and reduce the tax burden on local residents in the process, according to an analysis of tourism data commissioned by Visit Tampa Bay.

The study by leading industry researcher Tourism Economics showed a record 22.6 million people visited Tampa and Hillsborough County in Calendar Year 2016, including nearly 500,000 international visitors from Europe, Latin America and beyond. Collectively, they created a $5.9 billion economic impact in the region — $3.8 billion in direct spending (up 5.5 percent from 2015) and another $2.1 billion in induced spending, so-called “ripple effects.”

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