Travel and Tourism Week showcases the Faces of Travel in North Dakota

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Nationally, the travel industry contributes $2.3 trillion to the U.S. economy, and one in every nine American jobs depends on the industry. The impact of this is significant right here in North Dakota with 22 million visitors spending $3.1 billion across the state.

In recognition of the travel industry’s significant contributions to our state, Gov. Doug Burgum has declared May 7-13 North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week.”

North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week is held in conjunction with the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual salute to the tourism and travel industry. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people who keep this industry strong.

“Tourism is a key industry that drives our state’s economic growth, helping to attract a 21st century workforce and generating revenue for hundreds of tourism-based businesses,” Burgum said. “I am happy to declare North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week to honor the outstanding contributions of our tourism employees and look forward to welcoming millions of new and returning visitors each year to North Dakota.”

North Dakota’s travel industry continues to be a consistent contributor in our state’s economy, North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “Travel spending impacts all 53 counties because of the variety of experiences offered. From the Badlands and parks, to historic sites and urban amenities, there are enticing reasons to travel in and around every corner of North Dakota.”

The Impact of Travel and Tourism in North Dakota:

  • Tourism is North Dakota’s third-largest industry and vital to our diversified economy. (NDSU)
  • 22 million people visited North Dakota in 2015. (Tourism Economics)
  • North Dakota travel generated $327 million in taxes, or the equivalent of $1,092 per household. (Tourism Economics)
  • Visitor spending totaled $3.1 billion in 2015. The majority of expenditures, 68 percent, were by visitors from other U.S. states. International travelers made up 9 percent of the total, and in-state residents traveling to other parts of North Dakota accounted for 23 percent of spending. (Tourism Economics)
  • In 2015, every $1 invested in tourism advertising for North Dakota resulted in $104 in visitor spending. (SMARI)
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation taxes were up 8 percent in 2016, the only tax classification to increase. (ND Tax Dept.)
  • Canadian travelers are important to North Dakota Tourism. Canadians spent more than $191 million here in 2015. (Statistics Canada)
  • Tourism is North Dakota’s fifth-largest employer supporting 42,614 jobs. (Tourism Economics)
  • Approximately $1.3 billion in wages and salaries are generated through visitor spending in North Dakota. (Tourism Economics)

Travel is one of America’s largest industries
Source: U.S. Travel Association

  • Two in five (40%) American workers whose first job was in the travel industry are now earning more than $100,000 per year.
  • Travel generates $2.3 trillion for the U.S. economy.
  • Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $990.3 billion by domestic and international travelers in 2016.
  • One in every 9 American jobs depends on travel.