Community Vitality

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Source: NYS Empire State Development

What does this measure?

The amount of money (in 2017 dollars) spent by visitors while in the region. This includes hotel bookings, fuel purchases, and other visitor expenditures.

Why is this important?

Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also increases regional pride.

How is our region performing?

Total tourism revenue for the region was over $1.6 billion in 2017, good for $1,368 in revenue per resident. This was lower than the statewide (excluding NYC) average of $2,089. When adjusted for inflation, tourism revenue peaked in 2007, at $1.7 billion, though 2017 was the year with the highest tourism revenue since 2008.

In 2017, Yates led local counties in tourism revenue by resident, at $2,577, and was the only county whose figure was higher than the state's (excluding NYC). Ontario was the next highest, at $1,942. The counties with the least tourism revenue per resident were Wayne ($453) and Orleans ($661).

Notes about the data

The figures are presented per county resident to allow comparisons among counties of different sizes, but the spending is by tourists. New York State data excludes the heavy concentration of tourism in New York City. This data comes from Empire State Development, which contracts each year with Tourism Economics for a study on New York State tourism. Wineries and other tourism attractions related to agriculture are not included as tourism in this data, which impacts many of the surrounding counties. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Tourism Revenue, per Resident
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$2,849$2,964$3,145$3,147$2,709$2,887$3,009$3,115$3,162$3,270$3,291$3,336$3,407
NYS (excluding NYC)$1,912$1,935$2,026$2,004$1,785$1,830$1,878$1,917$1,922$1,955$1,998$2,046$2,089
Region$1,260$1,351$1,423$1,377$1,267$1,287$1,309$1,304$1,319$1,324$1,337$1,351$1,368
Monroe$1,379$1,478$1,544$1,480$1,364$1,372$1,397$1,371$1,390$1,384$1,389$1,400$1,408
Surrounding Counties$1,073$1,151$1,234$1,215$1,114$1,152$1,170$1,197$1,205$1,228$1,253$1,272$1,303
Genesee$1,658$1,746$1,705$1,735$1,503$1,521$1,491$1,602$1,644$1,627$1,648$1,639$1,678
Livingston$649$657$697$691$645$654$677$772$752$765$779$818$827
Ontario$1,793$1,835$1,922$1,896$1,754$1,876$1,879$1,884$1,873$1,922$1,903$1,931$1,942
Orleans$408$607$612$581$530$551$590$583$573$580$608$639$661
Seneca$1,003$1,062$1,475$1,450$1,343$1,340$1,428$1,379$1,434$1,447$1,459$1,612$1,776
Wayne$507$500$488$434$393$379$385$409$407$427$462$452$453
Wyoming$870$854$915$911$887$872$909$915$935$973$1,043$1,108$1,142
Yates$1,502$2,164$2,680$2,639$2,410$2,556$2,554$2,525$2,552$2,574$2,716$2,513$2,577

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Tourism Revenue
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$54,510,019,048$56,627,930,016$60,175,272,999$60,461,597,246$52,302,730,933$55,952,802,012$58,746,829,702$61,128,922,514$62,338,352,158$64,666,809,931$65,232,729,614$66,166,817,377$67,633,067,126
NYS (excluding NYC)$21,255,196,113$21,497,608,835$22,522,383,438$22,338,544,043$19,948,340,834$20,503,829,888$21,098,101,661$21,553,120,449$21,630,932,970$21,997,566,910$22,448,370,042$22,956,750,691$23,448,035,959
Region$1,522,586,790$1,632,094,314$1,722,096,210$1,669,776,131$1,539,451,448$1,566,228,683$1,596,123,274$1,589,932,039$1,608,646,806$1,611,745,119$1,623,672,492$1,636,737,291$1,655,965,974
Monroe$1,018,125,311$1,091,402,879$1,141,125,800$1,096,445,457$1,013,696,315$1,021,612,324$1,044,228,158$1,025,887,293$1,042,944,454$1,037,470,571$1,039,570,228$1,046,061,089$1,052,563,570
Surrounding Counties$504,461,478$540,691,435$580,970,410$573,330,673$525,755,133$544,616,359$551,895,115$564,044,746$565,702,353$574,274,548$584,102,264$590,676,202$603,402,404
Genesee$99,601,807$104,602,771$102,175,301$103,939,673$90,057,209$91,185,214$89,316,747$95,687,988$97,267,097$95,665,638$96,551,762$95,324,697$97,224,778
Livingston$42,365,722$42,926,397$45,637,702$45,378,195$42,179,648$42,672,668$43,913,482$50,072,533$48,621,758$49,488,573$50,270,136$52,493,331$52,748,800
Ontario$186,985,267$192,014,314$202,197,814$201,501,029$188,082,587$202,808,103$204,052,337$204,620,141$204,373,686$210,274,557$208,263,392$211,626,735$213,469,552
Orleans$17,729,468$26,371,070$26,521,506$25,115,012$22,769,949$23,620,388$25,177,848$24,695,890$24,217,933$24,303,157$25,255,861$26,387,681$27,087,302
Seneca$35,269,417$37,419,708$52,299,407$51,290,447$47,401,117$47,229,926$50,438,004$48,735,630$50,538,101$50,495,623$50,798,805$56,060,558$61,253,337
Wayne$47,527,927$46,773,419$45,618,787$40,690,933$36,818,787$35,493,572$35,947,157$38,089,196$37,606,592$39,260,172$42,179,668$41,099,908$41,053,966
Wyoming$37,231,130$36,427,556$38,887,332$38,516,007$37,456,331$36,776,965$38,051,127$38,160,302$38,706,554$40,049,955$42,714,526$44,806,815$46,255,523
Yates$37,750,739$54,156,200$67,632,559$66,899,377$60,989,506$64,829,524$64,998,412$63,983,066$64,370,631$64,736,873$68,068,114$62,876,476$64,309,144

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.











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