New Visitation Record: More Than 43 Million People Visited Philadelphia in 2017

Visitors spent a record-breaking $7.1 billion in the region last year...

Here at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the organization behind and, 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.


  • 43.3 million people from the U.S. visited the Philadelphia region in 2017.
  • Record visitation generated $7.1 billion in direct spending and $11.5 billion in economic impact.
  • 2017 visitor spending supported 98,300 jobs.

The Visitation Numbers

In 2017, the Philadelphia region saw record visitation and economic impact: the area welcomed 43.3 million visitors from the U.S., 88% of which visited for a leisure purpose. And 2017 marks the eigth consecutive year for record visitation to Philadelphia.

In 2017, 43.3 million people visited Philadelphia from the U.S. — the eighth consecutive year of record visitation.

The Impact Numbers

All of this visitation delivers major economic impact to the region: the $7.1 billion in visitor spending in 2017 generated a record-breaking $11.5 billion in economic impact, which equates to $31.5 million every day.

In addition, the $7.1 billion in 2017 visitor spending supported 98,300 jobs (!) and generated $938 million in state and local taxes, which directly benefits priority public services.

Visitor spending generated $11.5 billion in economic impact for Greater Philadelphia in 2017 — a new record.

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 yet another record-breaking year, Philadelphia!

VISIT PHILADELPHIA worked with Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Longwoods International to develop the 2017 visitation numbers and used CBRE Hotels as a source for leisure numbers.

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