POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. >> A report issued by showed 2017 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 5.9 percent over 2016 to more than $601.5 million, marking the eighth consecutive year tourism spending has increased and marking a 25 percent hike since 2013.
More than 4.75 million people are estimated to visit the county annually, spending more than half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation. Tourism generated $43 million in local taxes and $33 million for New York state.
According to the report, “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York,” if not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in Dutchess County would have to pay an additional $711 to maintain the same level of government revenue. Mary Kay Vrba, executive director of Dutchess Tourism Inc., said tourism-related industries employed 11,239 people in Dutchess in 2017, up 7.2 percent over 2016.
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