Presenting 39 billion reasons why tourism matters in Pennsylvania, and more importantly, in Lehigh Valley:
Tourism in Pennsylvania is big business.In a single year, tourism in the state generated $39.2 billion. That breaks down into $32.9 billion from leisure travel spending and $6.3 billion from business travelers.
When you just look at Lehigh Valley, the figures are no less impressive. Locally, travel and tourism generates nearly $2 billion in revenue for the region, provides $395 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments, and is responsible for 22,500 area jobs with earnings approaching $881 million each year, as the infographic below represents.