Prepared by the Penn State Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management written for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
This report showed that visitors spent $859 million on their trips, supporting 12,630 jobs, and providing $397.8 million in labor income. The spending total includes the impact of businesses selling goods and services directly to visitors, and industries that sell goods or services to tourism-related businesses. These figures represent an increased economic impact when compared to 2008. This increase can be attributed to increased visitation levels experienced in 2010, as well as multiplier adjustments and cost of living adjustments.
Other findings of the report include:
- The statewide sales impact of out-of-state visitors was $274.2 million. Out-of-state visitor spending contributed to 2,976 jobs, $94.6 million in labor income, and $154.5 million in value added effects.
- Comparing the income return (value added) from out-of-state visitor expenditures with reported General Fund expenditures of $52.3 million revealed a favorable return on investment for the Commonwealth. For every dollar invested in state parks, $12.41 of income (value added) is returned to Pennsylvania.
- Including secondary effects, the total contriution of visitor spending to the state economy was $1.145 billion in sales, 12,630 jobs, 397.8 million in labor income, and $649 million in value added effects.
- Restaurants/bars and gas/oil represented the largest percentage of visitor spending, followed by groceries and take out food/drinks. The smallest percentage of visitor spending was associated with marinas and camping fees.