Long Island has a new record: Tourism spending has exceeded $6 billion for the first time, with an increase in visitor spending across the region topping 4.5 percent and more than $740 million in state and local tax revenues.
These statistics come from a New York State Economic Impact of Tourism report on visitation, economic impact, and direct spending.
Marketing Long Island as a destination has had the effect of increasing tourism to these record levels, including new initiatives with the goal of promoting the area as a first-class place to live, play, and work.
“These historic numbers are evidence that our strategic efforts and tactical collaborations are succeeding in raising destination awareness and positioning Long Island as an ideal destination for travelers and locals alike,” said Kristen Jarnagin, President & CEO of Discover Long Island in a statement.
Discover Long Island is the official regional organization charged with promoting tourism on Long Island.
According to the report and the statement released by Discover Long Island, tourism-generated employment also increased for the region, with the visitor economy supporting over 81,735 local jobs.
“Tourism is a vital component of our economic development and success including job growth, the support of small businesses and over $740 million annually in local and state tax revenues for our region,” said said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.”
In addition, officials pointed to Long Island’s beaches and protected natural areas as reason for increased tourism.