Tourism spending in the Deep South

February 17, 2014

A recent Natchez Democrat article entitled “State officials lobbying for more tourism funds,” by Lindsey Shelton, got my attention because a graphic at the beginning of the story listed tourism spending by several states. Wondering what the per capita spending might be for those states I took the numbers in the article and divided them by the 2010 population numbers. Here are the results:

Florida
Population 18,801,310
Tourism Spending $65 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.48

Tennessee
Population 6,346,105
Tourism Spending $29 million
Tourism Spending per capita $4.57

Alabama
Population 4,779,736
Tourism Spending $18 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.77

Mississippi
Population 2,967,297
Tourism Spending $6 million
Tourism Spending per capita $2.02

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