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State tourism creates jobs and lower taxes for Arizona residents

During the first three months of the year, more than 14,000 jobs were added in Arizona’s tourism and hospitality industry.

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Doug Ducey and the Arizona Office of Tourism are enthusiastic about celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, which begins May 7.

Ducey, who officially proclaimed May 7-13 as Arizona Travel and Tourism Week.

According to a 2016 study by the economic-research firm Dean Runyan Associates, visitors to Arizona collectively spend $58 million each day—that’s about $40,000 per minute.

The latest employment report from Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity showed that the leisure and hospitality sector added 14,200 jobs through the first three months of 2017—the strongest growth of any business sector in the state.

The tourism industry in Arizona supports more jobs than the banking industry, the insurance industry, the real estate industry, the manufacturing industry, the construction industry or the mining industry.

“Tourism helps create jobs in another way, too: It’s the front door to economic development and business relocation,” said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

“Our marketing efforts showcase many of the assets—iconic landscapes, beautiful weather, outdoor living—that make Arizona the best place in the country to live, work and play.”

Arizona had the second-highest occupancy rate among the 50 states in March.

Recent analysis of Smith Travel Research data by Hotel News Now showed that Phoenix hotels experienced a 29 percent occupancy increase during Final Four weekend (compared to the average of every weekend for the prior year).

During Final Four game days Phoenix hotels got higher rates ($209 average) than every other market in the U.S. except Oahu, Hawaii, which helped drive revenue per available room up 127 percent.

The Arizona tourism industry’s strong start to the first quarter of 2017 follows a year in which both Arizona’s state parks and its most-visited national park recorded record visitation.

More than 2.6 million people visited Arizona State Parks in 2016, contributing $16.4 million in revenue to the parks system.

According to a new Department of the Interior report, the 18 national parks and monuments in Arizona generate nearly $1 billion in visitor spending and support more than 15,000 jobs.

Source: Arizona tourism creates jobs, lowers taxes for residents | AZ Big Media