TEXAS – Out-of-state tourists spent more than $34 billion in Texas in 2017. According to government tourism initiative Travel Texas.
The agency recently unveiled its travel data from 2017, which shows that leisure travel is a big industry in Texas, a state that attracts people from all over the world. The report notes that roughly US$1 in US$10 were spent by international visitors on travel in this state.
Travel Texas estimates that 2017 welcomed 68.5 million visitors to Texas from out-of-state cities in 2017, that’s up 5.8% from the previous year.
“Out-of-state leisure visitors accounted for 55% of all travel spent at these destinations in 2017,” according to the report. “Domestically, top origin states included California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida and New York” respectively.”
That may be due, in part, to the state’s size and its access to easy travel. This state offers direct flights to 49 domestic states and more than 40 international flights to other countries, the study showed.
In addition to added wealth, this trend is also a boon to the state’s job market. Non-resident spending directly supported roughly 346,000 jobs in Texas.