HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S ECONOMY
TOURISM IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR
The 23.6 million total trips to Hillsborough County is roughly equivalent to everyone from the state of Florida visiting Hillsborough County during the year.
The $4.2 billion in visitor spending means that almost $480,000 was spent by visitors EVERY HOUR in Hillsborough County in 2018.
The number of people employed by visitors is 53,000, which would exceed the current capacity of Tropicana Field (31,042), and the employees sustained by tourism’s indirect and induced impacts (16,115) would fill up most of the Amalie Arena (19,092).
To make up for the $401 million in state and local taxes generated by tourism, each household in Hillsborough County would need to contribute an additional $811 annually to maintain the current level of government.
Share of total Hillsborough County jobs and wages supported by tourism, 2018
Tourism currently supports more that 53,000 local jobs and as the tourism sector has grown steadily over the last decade it now ranks a close second behind professional services as the fastest-growing job sector.
Source: Tourism Economics; BLS
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