Here at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the organization behind uwishunu.com and visitphilly.com, we work to build Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and build the region’s economy.
And today, we’re thrilled to announce record-breaking annual visitation numbers for Philadelphia, which highlight the importance of travel and tourism to the Philadelphia region’s economy.
- 42 million people visited the Philadelphia region in 2016.
- Record visitation generated $11 billion in economic impact.
- 2016 visitor spending supported 96,600 jobs.
The Big Numbers
In 2016, the Philadelphia region saw record visitation and economic impact: the area welcomed 42 million visitors, 88% of which visited for a leisure purpose. And 2016 marks the seventh consecutive year for record visitation to Philadelphia.
All of this visitation brings a huge economic impact to the region: visitor spending generated a record-breaking $11 billion in 2016, which equates to $30 million every day.
In addition, 2016 visitor spending supported 96,600 jobs (!) and generated $634 million in state and local taxes, which directly benefits priority public services.
The numbers are clear – tourism and hospitality is one of the largest industries in the region and is critically important to the vitality of Greater Philadelphia. The money visitors spend supports local businesses, creates jobs and generates taxes, helping to build quality of life in Philadelphia.
And here at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, we’re very happy to be able to promote all of the amazing reasons to visit Philadelphia on a daily basis.
Cheers to a another record-breaking year, Philadelphia!
VISIT PHILADELPHIA worked with Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Longwoods International to develop the 2016 visitation numbers and used CBRE Hotels as a source for leisure numbers.