Tourism Generates Jobs

by NAR Research on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:57am
  • Travel and tourism are important contributors to the U.S. economy.  The United States hosted approximately 60 million international visitors in 2010.  According to the International Trade Administration, tourism generated over $120 Billion of expenditures in 2010 based on tourist spending on transportation, lodging, restaurants, and other services.
  • Approximately 1 million U.S. jobs are directly supported by international visitors, and more than 8 million jobs are tied to travel and tourism in the United States.
  • Anecdotally, REALTORS® who have had foreign clients buying a home in the U.S., particularly in Florida, indicated initial visits to the states a tourist that raised interest in buying a permanent property.

This is why Governor Christie’s aggressive decision to get Atlantic City back on track towards becoming  ‘A Vacation and Convention Center for the World’…is so critical and such a Landmark Plan.

 

One Response to Tourism Generates Jobs
  1. JD
    February 11, 2011 | 10:49 pm

    Tourism disconnect.

    I live and work near AC. Atlantic City in my opinion has always been so under-developed. When you compare it to Vegas, the design of Atlantic City is really neglected. Vegas “lives” inside and outside while Atlantic City, other than the beaches, is really an “inside” resort, and both environments are dismal at that. AC seems to be piece mealed together with very little thought for the space as a whole. Everything is so singular and isolated in AC and so little works together for the greater good. The only “connection” is the boardwalk which is also poorly used space, and outdated. Additionally, 3 of the casino’s are not even along the boardwalk at all.

    It seems getting to AC was under-thought as well; why there was not an expressway direct extension from AC to the Delaware/Maryland border is beyond me. Traveling from the south to AC is so convoluted.

    Tourism to AC is tragically “disconnected” in every sense of the word.

    ANYTHING to improve it, would be a god-send to the area.

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