Honest-to-Goodness Economic Benefit
- It takes only 380 visitors to support one new job in Indiana.
- Every 488 Indiana visitors generate enough state and local taxes to pay for one Indiana public school student.
- Having grown 5.8%, the tourism industry was the fastest growing job sector in the Indiana economy in 2015.
- Each Indiana visitor spent an average of $147 locally on transportation, hotel, food and beverage, shopping and entertainment.
- Each visitor generated roughly $32 in tax receipts, $18 of which went to state and local authorities.
- If visitors stopped coming to Indiana, each of its 2.5 million households would have to pay an additional $550 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.
2015 Economic Impact of Tourism in Indiana
Indiana destinations welcomed a record 77 million visitors (A 4.3% increase over the previous year.)
Leisure travelers were 82% of the total visitors, increasing day tripper visitors by 3.7% and overnight visits by 2.3%.
Visitors spent a record $11.5 billion in Indiana, an 8.6% increase YoY. $3.2 billion in food & drink, $2.5 billion in shopping, $2.1 billion in entertainment and recreation, $1.8 billion in lodging, $1 billion in transportation, < $1 billion in other areas
Tourism directly employs 155,000 Hoosiers and supports 202,000 jobs statewide, a 5.9% growth YoY
76¢ of every $1 spent by visitors stays in Indiana. This contributes $8.7 billion to Indiana’s Gross Domestic Product.
Tourism saves Hoosiers money by saving an average of $550 in state and local taxes per household