2108 figures show tourism providing $3.5 billion boost to Delaware economy

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Delaware tourism experienced a record-breaking year as the state welcomed 9.2 million visitors leading to a $3.5 billion in economic impact.

According to data for 2018 released by the Delaware Tourism Office, visitors paid $545.1 million in state and local taxes and fees. Without the revenue, each Delaware household would have to pay an additional $1,562 in taxes.

The most popular activities for visitors in 2018 were, in order, tax-free shopping, dining and beaches. Visitors spent an average of $346 during their stay in 2018.

More than two-thirds of visitors came from nearby metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic and northeast with Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and Washington, D.C., being among the most popular markets.

“Tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry in Delaware, our fourth-largest private employment sector and a vital part of the state economy,” Gov. John Carney said. “By supporting tourism, we also enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans by offering recreational and cultural activities and making sure there’s even more cool stuff to do in Delaware.”

“Delaware benefits from a strong tourism industry,” Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock said. “More than 44,000 people work in the industry in Delaware, which includes hundreds of small businesses and nonprofit organizations.”

“At the Delaware Tourism Office, we share Delaware’s ‘Endless Discoveries’ with out-of-state travelers each year,” Delaware Tourism Office Director Liz Keller said. “From launching award-winning marketing campaigns to embracing innovative technology, we are proud to share what makes Delaware an ideal destination and help create a positive economic impact for our state.”

In 2018, the Delaware Tourism Office launched several initiatives to drive visitation, including a national, multimedia ad campaign, a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Delaware attractions and attendance at national consumer and travel industry trade shows.

The Delaware Tourism Office, Dover, is part of the Delaware Division of Small Business. DTO promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware.

To view, the 2018 Delaware tourism industry report, visit http://www.visitdelaware.com/industry/tourism-

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