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Tampa Bay & Company announced the final 2008 Visitor Impact Study results at the company's annual research presentation last week:

Tampa Bay hosted more than 16.1 million visitors in 2008 (whew!), and among those visitors, a total of $2.73 billion was spent in Hillsborough County. Nearly 54,700 local jobs were provided by the hospitality and tourism industry, and those jobs produced $1.1 billion in wages.

Those are some big numbers, and we hope that 2009 will match the success of last year. 

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