News Release

Summer travel season begins with record-setting economic impacts in travel and tourism industry

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 10, 2017) – Travelers to Utah spent a record $8.17 billion in the state in 2015 and generated an estimated $1.15 billion in total state and local tax revenue, according to a recent study completed by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

“This was a leading year for Utah tourism,” said Jennifer Leaver, research analyst at the Gardner Policy Institute. “Travelers and tourists visited our ski resorts and national parks in record numbers, leaving more dollars in Utah than ever before.”

Travel and tourism generated an estimated 142,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in 2015 and around $4.3 billion in wages. Travel and tourism-supported jobs grew 12 percent and tourism-related wages increased 20 percent from 2011 to 2015. Tourism-related sales tax revenues saw healthy increases over this period as well, including a 12 percent increase in municipal transient room tax revenue, a 10 percent increase in county transient room tax revenue and an 8 percent increase in resort communities’ sales tax revenue.