The Hoosier State generated a record $12.7 billion in visitor spending last year – the seventh consecutive year of growth, Indiana officials reported Friday.
A study commissioned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and conducted by Rockport Analytics found that 80 million people visited state destinations in 2017. That number includes Indiana residents who stayed overnight or traveled more than 50 miles one way to the destination.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said the report is issued almost 12 full months after each year's end because it takes that long for the contractor to gather and analyze information from multiple sources.
Among its other findings, the 26-page report said:
• Overnight visits increased to 31.2 million
• Spending per visitor increased to $158, on average
• Indiana's tourism supported almost 200,000 full-time jobs
• Of each dollar spent, 72 cents remained in Indiana
Tourism generated $1.4 billion in state and local taxes. As a result of tourism tax income, Hoosier families saved $561 in taxes, on average, the study showed.