Skip to Content
Author: The BCW

Leave a Comment

Westchester County Sees Record Tourism Spending in 2018

Visitor spending in Westchester County grew 5% in 2018 to nearly $2 billion, County Executive George Latimer announced this week. This ranks Westchester County third in visitor spending in New York State, behind only New York City and Long Island. This spending supported 24,360 jobs directly and indirectly in 2018 – or 5% of all jobs in the county.

The tourism industry is important to Westchester County and all of its residents, directly providing good jobs and driving economic growth,” Executive George Latimer said. “These record numbers show that our efforts to promote all we have to offer in our picturesque County are working.”

Tourism activity benefits many industry sectors in Westchester County, with all visitor spending categories continuing to grow. In 2018 alone, spending on lodging jumped 8%, followed by food and beverage and retail and service rising 5%. Recreation, transportation and spending on a second home increased 4% each.

We could not be more excited to see such positive numbers being generated by the travel and tourism industry, which fuels business growth, employment and opportunities throughout Westchester,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “Many of our members operate in this space, and we will continue to advocate on their behalf in partnership with the county. From our beautiful hotels, meeting spaces, parks and restaurants to our robust art, history, shopping and entertainment attractions, it’s no wonder more and more people are finding their way to Westchester County.”

Travel and tourism continues to be a significant driver of the county’s economy, while also providing revenue to support vital county services that residents rely on. In 2018, the industry generated $233 million in local and state taxes.

Natasha Caputo, Westchester County Film and Tourism Director added, “Westchester County reached new heights as a destination in 2018. The collective efforts between our tourism partners are paying off and reinforces that we are an ideal – and idyllic – destination for both business and leisure.”

Data Source: New York: Economic Impact of Tourism, Hudson Valley/Westchester report, Tourism Economics and supplied by NYSDED; hotel statistics: Smith Travel Research

Similar News Items

The Business Council of Westchester released its 2024 Legislative Agenda and called on state lawmakers to embrace policies that support a sustainable economy and job creation. The BCW produces the Annual Legislative Agenda each year for federal, state and local representatives on behalf of the business community. Among the recommendations in its 44-page report, the […]

Read Article

The Business Council of Westchester is among 43 business organizations representing tens of thousands of businesses of all sectors and sizes across New York urging the Senate and Assembly to allocate funding in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget to address the unemployment insurance debt; as well as support the Governor’s proposals to sunset the state’s […]

Read Article

Congratulations to the Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center on being verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) as an Adult and Pediatric Burn Center. The verification was made after a rigorous and thorough review of Westchester Medical Center’s burn care program. With this verification, BCW Member Westchester Medical Center is now home to the […]

Read Article

Become A Member

Join the county’s largest and most influential business organization today.

The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow. Over 80 events and programs are offered every year, giving our members ample opportunity to connect and meet with businesses representatives in the Westchester community and beyond.
Back to top