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 Orange County performing?
Orange County had $1,200 in tourism revenue per person in 2014, substantially below the regional figure of $1,700 and the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $1,900. Orange's per-person tourism revenue was 8% lower in 2014 than in 2007, the year in which tourism revenue peaked in the county, before falling sharply in 2008 and 2009. Among the counties in the region, Orange was consistently the lowest of the three, below Dutchess ($1,700) and 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. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.