North Dakota's tourism industry leads the nation for second year in a row
Bismarck, N.D. - North Dakota's tourism industry bucked declining national trends in 2009 and 2010, leading the nation in the four major reporting categories, according to the United States Travel Association (USTA)'s 2011 research. In USTA's annual report, Impact of Travel on State Economies 2011, North Dakota leads the nation in four categories for the second straight year. The 2011 report covers the impact of travel on state economies in 2009 and the U.S. national economy for 2010.
For travel-generated payroll, North Dakota was up 3.3 percent. Washington, D.C., was next at 3.1 percent, followed by South Dakota at 1.5 percent, Montana at .9 percent and Oklahoma at .3 percent.
North Dakota led the nation for travel-generated employment at 1.7 percent. South Dakota trailed behind at -0.37 percent.
For travel-generated taxes, North Dakota led with a 5.2 percent increase, followed by South Dakota at 3.7 percent.
While travel expenditures were down nationwide in all states, North Dakota had the smallest percentage decrease in this area at -0.8 percent. Eleven states showed double-digit decreases in travel expenditures.
"At a time when the national economy and tourism industry were soft, North Dakota did well," North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said. "Tourism continues to be a strong player for the state's economy. This is demonstrated not only in the USTA report, but on a daily basis by hotel occupancy, border crossings and airline boardings, which are increasing across the state."
Conducted and published by the USTA for more than three decades, the annual Impact of Travel on State Economies estimates travel expenditures, travel-generated employment, payroll income and tax revenues for the nation, as well as the 50 individual states and Washington, D.C.
North Dakota's USTA 2011 research report, estimates, at a glance
Percent change from 2008-2009
- Travel-generated Payroll + 3.3%
- Travel-generated Employment +1.7%
- Travel Expenditures -0.8%
- Travel-generated Taxes + 5.2%