The County’s travel and tourism industry continued to grow in 2017 with visitor spending up 3% to a record of $1.9 billion, County Executive George Latimer reported this week.
Last year visitor spending directly and indirectly supported 24,527 jobs in Westchester, 5% of all jobs in the county. And, at the same time travel and tourism generated $227 million in tax revenue for state and local municipalities.
Westchester County’s tourism industry, which ranks third in the state behind New York City and Long Island, represents 51% of all visitor spending in the Hudson Valley region.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in this ever-growing sector of our economy, Westchester County continues to shine as a premier regional destination for business and leisure travelers in New York State. With the building of new hotels and upgrades being made by existing properties, new restaurants, breweries, and attractions, we are excited to see the tourism industry continue to flourish here in our beautiful County.”
Director of Westchester County Tourism and Film Natasha Caputo said: “The bottom line is – Westchester is a popular destination. We are a major economic engine and we drive the tourism experience within the Hudson Valley. From music festivals to top-notch dining and entertaining, to arts and culture, we always have new attractions and that allows for that repeat visitor, and offers an opportunity for memorable experiences.”