Tourism's Economic Benefit
- 1 in 19 Indiana workers has a job because of Tourism.
- Indiana visitors generate enough state and local taxes to pay for 26,000 public school teachers.
- Having grown 1.4%, the tourism industry was the largest service industry in the Indiana economy in 2017.
- Each Indiana visitor spent an average of $158 locally on transportation, hotel, food and beverage, shopping and entertainment.
- Tourism-initiated state & local taxes increased 3.7% vs. 2016, while all state & local taxes rose just 1.7%.
- If visitors stopped coming to Indiana, each of its 2.5 million households would have to pay an additional $561 in state & local taxes in order to maintain current levels of tax receipts.
- Indiana was able to retain about 72¢ of every $1 spent by visitors.
2018 Economic Impact of Tourism in Indiana
Indiana destinations welcomed a record 80 million visitors (A 1.3% increase over the previous year.)
Indiana hosted 415,000 trips from international visitors. 31.2 million of the total visitors stayed overnight leading to a 5% increase in Innkeepers tax collection.
Visitors spent a record $12.7 billion in Indiana, an 3.7% increase YoY. $3.5 billion in food & drink, $2.8 billion in shopping, $2.2 billion in entertainment and recreation, $2.1 billion in lodging, $2 billion in transportation, < $1 billion in other areas
Tourism is responsible for 5% of all Indiana jobs. 1 in 19 Indiana Workers has a job because of Tourism.
72¢ of every $1 spent by visitors stays in Indiana. This contributes $9.8 billion to Indiana’s Gross Domestic Product.
Tourism saves Hoosiers money by saving an average of $561 in state and local taxes per household