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Long Island announces record breaking numbers for tourism

Tourism on Long Island has exceeded $6 billion, with an increase in visitor spending across the region topping 4.5%, generating an economic impact of $6.1 billion annually and more than $740 million in state and local tax revenues.

The data is based on the statistics from the New York State Economic Impact of Tourism report which showcased record-breaking highs across the state and Long Island in visitation, economic impact, and direct spending.

Kristen Jarnagin, president & CEO of Discover Long Island, said: “These record-breaking numbers for Long Island and across New York State amplify the importance of the tourism industry for our region and our residents.

“Promoting the endless positive aspects of Long Island through tourism marketing initiatives not only speaks to the incredible quality of life that we as residents enjoy but raises awareness of Long Island as an ideal place to visit, conduct business or relocate. These historic numbers are evidence that our strategic efforts and tactical collaborations are succeeding in raising destination awareness and positioning Long Island as an ideal destination for travellers and locals alike.”

Tourism-generated employment also increased for the region, with the visitor economy supporting more than 81,735 local jobs.

Initiatives and collaborations such as Discover Long Island's partnership with the Long Island MacArthur Airport on new campaign 'Short Flight. Long Island' in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore markets and the launch of 'BeLONG on Long Island' are said to have increased the destination's profile among the travel community.

The 2018 results are historic with nearly 253 million visitors travelling to New York State, generating an overall economic impact of $114.8 billion- exceeding $100 billion for the fifth straight year. In addition, state visitors generated an all-time high of $71.8 billion in direct spending.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said: “With renowned attractions including NYCB LIVE's Nassau Coliseum, miles of pristine beaches, the historic Gold Coast, prestigious golf courses and more than 9 million visitors to Long Island annually, it is no surprise that our region is welcoming record-breaking tourism numbers,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.  “Tourism is a vital component of our economic development and success including job growth, the support of small businesses and over $740 million annually in local and state tax revenues for our region.  With the addition of the Belmont Arena and ongoing efforts to fiercely protect our natural environment, we continue to build a County that is a fantastic place to live, work - and of course – play.”

For more information, go to DiscoverLongIsland.com.

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