What does this measure?
The amount of money (in 2014 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?
Dutchess County had $1,700 per resident in tourism revenue in 2014, in line with the regional average and less than the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $1,900. After reaching a peak of $1,900 per resident in 2007, tourism revenue in Dutchess fell to $1,600 in 2009, and has risen very slowly since then. Over that period, Dutchess was consistently above Orange in per-resident tourism revenue ($1,200 in 2014) and below Ulster ($2,800 in 2014).
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.