WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Visitor spending in Westchester hit a record $1.74 billion in 2014 and is on pace to top that number in 2015, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced Thursday.
Since 2010, tourism has added $8.3 billion to the county’s economy. “These numbers show the growing popularity of Westchester as the ‘Meet Me’ destination in the Hudson Valley,” Astorino said. “Whether for business or pleasure, Westchester is attracting more and more visitors and that’s great news for our economy.”
In 2014, visitor spending supported 23,681 jobs in Westchester, 6 percent of all jobs in the county. At the same time, tourism generated $207.7 million in revenue for the county and local municipalities, representing $600 for every household in the county. Overall, visitor spending grew 14 percent – more than $200 million – over five years.
Westchester’s tourism industry, which ranks third in the state behind New York City and Long Island, represents 52 percent of all visitor spending in the Hudson Valley region.
Natasha Caputo, Director of Westchester County Tourism & Film, said upcoming attractions for the fall season will add to the momentum of Westchester’s tourism industry. The fall season’s various events and activities include the American Gold Cup, Circus Latino, SOWE Music Festival, White Plains Jazz Fest, the Westchester Knicks and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture’s Harvest Fest.
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