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Tourism: Why It's Important to Arkansas

Tourism: Why It's Important to Arkansas

  • Expenditures:
  • Nearly 23 million travelers spent more than $5.5 billion in Arkansas last year.
     
  • State Taxes:
  • More than $284 million in state taxes were paid by these travelers.
     
  • Local Taxes:
  • An additional $103 million in local taxes resulted from purchases made by travelers in the past year.
     
  • General Employment:
  • 58,336 Arkansans are directly employed by the travel industry.
     
  • Key Employment:
  • The tourism industry provides key jobs for those just entering the workforce, for college students during the summer months, and for many retirees looking for supplemental incomes.
     
  • Economic Diversity:
  • Tourism can add another dimension to the economic base of a community.
     
  • Positive Publicity:
  • Tourism attractions and events can bring desirable publicity to those towns trying to get on the map.
     
  • Community Cohesiveness:
  • By involving the entire community in its festivals, a town can develop a better sense of pride and togetherness.
     
  • Education:
  • Certain tourism festivals, shows, and re-enactments can bring history to life, making people more aware of their past.
     
  • Cultural Preservation:
  • Some tourism events offer opportunities for traditional folk cultures and practices to be passed on to interested parties from all walks of life.
     
  • Industrial Growth:
  • By generating positive publicity and community cohesiveness, tourism can make a community more attractive to industrial site locators.
     
  • Retirees:
  • Tourism can lead to the in-migration of retirees, complete with their talents, time, and trust funds.
     
  • Action:
  • Tourism is where the action is these days, and is predicted to continue its strong growth.