TOURISM AND RECREATION IS A $2 BILLION BUSINESS IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA
Tourism is Snohomish County’s third largest industry, generating nearly $993 million dollars in visitor spending in 2014. Snohomish County ranked fourth out of 39 counties in the state in terms of visitor spending according to a recently released report by Dean Runyan and Associates. Visitors spent $992.9 million in Snohomish County in 2014 – a year-over-year increase of 5.7%.
Tourism in Snohomish County Generates:
$256.5 million payroll
$ 19.9 million local taxes
$ 48.8 million state taxes
Visitor Spending in Snohomish County:
Restaurants $289.4 million
Transportation and fuel $152.5 million
Retail $135.4 million
Accommodations $130.6 million
Recreation, entertainment $130.5 million
Grocery Stores $ 60.5 million
Other travel expenditures $ 94.0 million
Total $992.9 million*
*Source: Dean Runyan and Associates. “Other travel” includes travel impact for travel to other Washington visitor destinations. Distributed by the Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association.
Published April 2015
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