Date Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Categories: Office of Governor Markell
DOVER – A study was conducted by D.K.Shifflet & Associates Ltd. and Vantage Strategy, a research firm and consulting firm respectively, to determine the economic impact of tourism in the State of Delaware. The study shows that the tourism industry is a principal economic driver in Delaware and substantiates the value of the tourism industry to the First State. Key points stemming from the 2010 study are reflected in the quotes below and subsequent facts.
“The tourism industry stands strong as the third largest private employer in Delaware and an important part of our local economy,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Visitors to our state contribute to our economic well-being by helping to create jobs at all income levels. They cultivate local businesses and communities and contribute to a greater quality of life for all Delawareans.”
“Delaware tourism has grown to a $2.1 billion industry that employs 39,000 people and attracts over 7 million visitors to the First State each year,” stated Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. “If the tourism industry can achieve sustainable growth during challenging economic times, just imagine the potential that the future holds.”
“In 2010, tourism generated $400 million in state and local government taxes and fees,” said Linda Parkowski, Director of Tourism, Delaware Tourism Office. “Each Delaware household would pay $114 more in taxes each year to maintain current levels of state and local taxes without the benefit of tourism in the First State.”
The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, DE, a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit the official Delaware Tourism website at www.visitdelaware.com or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.
2010 FACTS: VALUE OF TOURISM IN DELAWARE
Resources: D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd and Vantage Strategy. For a full study report, visit www.visitdelaware.com/about-us/tourism-statistics/.
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