Tourism continued to have a powerful financial influence on Arkansas in 2019. Information launched from the Arkansas Division of Parks, Heritage and Tourism confirmed just below 69,000 labored instantly inside Arkansas’ journey trade in 2019, a 1.4% enhance over 2018.
“And these ambassadors greeted greater than 36 million guests to The Pure State in 2019, a ten.2% enhance,” a press launch mentioned.
The Division of Tourism’s 2019 financial influence report, exhibits tourism stays an important a part of Arkansas’ economic system. Complete journey expenditures had been up 4.2% in 2019 all through the state. The two% tourism tax rose 7.5% over 2018.
“This progress in income permits our state to market the Arkansas tourism message nationally and internationally, delivering to our trade companions new and returning guests yr over yr,” mentioned Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Division of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “The Arkansas expertise invitations vacationers to immerse themselves within the native taste and the standard of life that exists right here. Our successes over the previous decade of progress will assist as we put together for the influence of 2020.”
Different travel-generated revenues additionally had been up in 2019, together with native tax (up 5.4%), payroll (5.1%), state tax (5.3%), and federal tax (4.9%). It’s unknown how a lot the COVID-19 pandemic will influence the financial influence of tourism all through the state in 2020.
“Tourism is significant to Arkansas’s financial prosperity,” mentioned Travis Napper, director of the Division of Tourism. “2020 has offered vital setbacks, however we proceed to discover new alternatives to maintain progress. We’ve labored to encourage journey by taking part in nationwide campaigns corresponding to ‘Let’s Go There’ with the U.S. Journey Affiliation. And in collaboration with different state businesses and companions, we’ve labored to tell the general public that ‘Arkansas is Prepared for Journey.’”
Arkansas’ 2% tourism tax income between January and June of 2020 was $5.905 million, down 30.4% in contrast with the $8.488 million in the identical interval in 2019. The tax was up 7.2% in 2019. January-June hospitality tax collections amongst 17 cities surveyed for the Arkansas Tourism Ticker fell 21.9% in contrast with the identical interval in 2019. The tourism tax income within the cities was up 5.2% in 2019.