What does this measure?
The amount of money (in 2015 dollars) spent by visitors while in the region. This includes recreation, hotel bookings, fuel purchases, and other visitor expenditures.
Why is this important?
Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also increases regional pride.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Tourism spending by visitors in Dutchess County was $1,786 per resident in 2015, very similar to the regional level of $1,780 and less than the statewide (excluding NYC) rate of $1,930. Since 2005, Dutchess has consistently had a greater rate of tourism spending than Orange ($1,213 per resident in 2015) and a lower rate than Ulster ($2,957 in 2015). After reaching a peak of just under $1,900 in 2007, tourism revenue in Dutchess fell to its lowest of $1,631 in 2009 and has risen slowly since then.
Notes about the data
The figures are presented per county resident to allow comparisons among counties of different sizes, but the spending is by tourists. New York State data excludes the heavy concentration of tourism in New York City.