In case you have ever wondered what kind of economic impact tourism has on the Tampa Bay area community, here are some tourism industry statistics of both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties from the last year:
  • Visitor expenditures: $8.8 billion
  • Total number of visitors: 29.7 million
  • Total number of jobs: 138,148
  • Total amount of wages from tourism-related jobs: $4.1 billion
  • Bed taxes collected: $46.9 million
  • Average expenditures per party/per day: $236.50
  • Total number of meetings: 868
  • Total number of meeting delegates: 521,833
  • Direct spending by meeting delegates: $311.5 million
  • Total number of deplaned passengers at TIA: 9.1 million
These are some pretty impressive stats. And it's all in thanks to every visitor and every meeting planner who chooses to come to Tampa. Myself and all of the people in the Hospitality and Tourism industries are so appreciative that people keep coming back to our beautiful city by the bay!