Honest-to-Goodness Economic Benefit
There's no denying that tourism matters in Indiana! In fact, travel, tourism and hospitality is Indiana's sixth-largest industry, excluding government. Visitor spending brings cash to our communities, creating jobs, enhancing the local economy and improving the quality of life for residents. At the same time, travel and tourism heighten cultural awareness, help create a sense of place for a community and can provide shared experiences to connect friends and families across generations. After all, a community cannot be a great place to visit if it's not first a great place to live.
- It takes only 382 visitors to support one new job in Indiana.
- Every 525 Indiana visitors generate enough state and local taxes to pay for one Indiana public school student.
- Excluding government, tourism is the 6th largest industry in Indiana.
- Each Indiana visitor spent an average of $142 locally on transportation, hotel, food and beverage, shopping and entertainment.
- Each visitor generated roughly $30 in tax receipts, $16 of which went to state and local authorities.
- If visitors stopped coming to Indiana, each of its 2,481,000 households would have to pay an additional $472 in state & local taxes in order to maintain current levels of tax receipts.
- Indiana was able to retain about 76¢ of every $1 spent by visitors.
2012 Economic Impact of Tourism in Indiana
Total Indiana tourism expenditures surpassed $10 billion in 2012 An increase of 5.2%, 3 times faster than total US tourism growth
In 2012 Indiana businesses welcomed over 71 million visitors
Indiana visitors contributed $7.7 billion to Indiana gross domestic product (GDP)
The tourism industry supported more than 180,000 jobs Directly employing over 140,000 people
The Indiana tourism industry generated Over $2.1 billion in 2012 tax receipts
During 2012, Indiana retained about 76¢ of every $1 spent by visitors in the state Reflective of a vibrant and diverse state economy