Tourism in Iowa Generated $8 billion in Expenditures for Second Consecutive Year
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Tourism-related expenditures in Iowa in 2015 totaled $8.06 billion, according to a new study from the U.S. Travel Association. This marks the second consecutive year expenditures have topped the $8 billion mark.
Additional data from “The Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties” shows travel-generated state tax receipts at a record $466.7 million, a 25 percent increase over 2014. Tourism in Iowa also supported 67,400 jobs, comprising 4.2 percent of total state non-farm employment in 2015.
“Lower gas prices in 2015 helped draw in more travelers who significantly increased their spending on lodging, restaurants, shopping and entertainment,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office.
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