Published on : Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Arizona saw a record number of arrival of tourists in 2018, proving an enormous boost to both local and state economies. In 2018, a record 45.4 million visitors spent at least one night in Arizona. Those tourists spent a total of $24.4 billion during the state’s 2018 fiscal year, which ran July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism.
While tourism in some parts of the country – such as in Orange County, California, or Orlando, Florida – is driven by one company (Disney), most of Arizona’s biggest tourism destinations are natural attractions such as the Grand Canyon. While state and federal government control access to these attractions, there are plenty of opportunities for private businesses to capitalize on the huge number of people wanting to visit those areas.
Arizona also has a number of built attractions that lure millions of people — and millions of dollars — for businesses every year. Having four professional sports teams in the Valley and being home to Cactus League spring training baseball games is a major tourism driver as well.
The tourist spending directly supported 192,300 Arizona jobs during 2018, accounting for $7.4 billion in earnings for workers.
The national and international visitors spent an estimated $2.1 billion in the city last year, up from $1.6 billion in 2017, according to the Scottsdale Tourism and Events Department’s annual visitor statistics report.
This new tourism report counted Scottsdale’s international tourists for the first time, estimating that 1.7 million overnight visitors came from other countries.
The city also welcomed 4.6 million domestic overnight visitors and 4.5 million domestic day tourists. The domestic overnight visitors spent an average of $290 a day in the city, more than 40% of it on lodging.
What’s luring people to Scottsdale? Here are the top 10 reported activities, in order of popularity: Shopping, upscale dining, night clubs, historic sites/landmarks, swimming, state parks, museums, casinos, hiking and golf. The tourism generated an estimated $59.6 million in sales and bed taxes in 2018, 26% of the city’s total, according to the report.
According to Arizona Office of Tourism research released earlier this year, the state welcomed 45.4 million overnight travelers in 2018, generating more than $1 billion in state taxes for the first time.