Tourism in Monroe County a $1 billion industry

MONROE COUNTY, N.Y. — According to the Department of Economic Development, tourism contributed more than $1 billion to Monroe County’s local economy in 2014, the first time in history it has exceeded the milestone.

To compile the figure, a tourist is defined as any individual who lives at least 50 miles away and who visits Monroe County for business, tourism, meetings, conventions and special sporting events.

According to the study, the drivers of the tourism industry include lodging at $273 million, recreation at $46 million, food and beverage at $282 million, retail at $202 million, transportation at $193 million and second/vacation homes at $6 million.

In all, tourism generated more than $75.2 million in local taxes, created 13,777 direct tourism jobs and a total of 19,731 direct, indirect and induced tourism jobs.

 

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