Survey: Tourists, Travelers Spent $17.2B In Mich. 5-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Survey: Tourists, Travelers Spent $17.2B In Mich. 5-25-2011

A newly released survey has found that tourists and travelers spent an estimated $17.2 billion in Michigan last year.
That's up 14 percent from $15.1 billion in 2009. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday released results of the survey.
The survey found $12.6 billion was spent on travel for leisure and $4.6 billion was spent on business travel.
"Michigan is becoming a national destination for visitors from across the nation, making tourism increasingly important as new visitors help our economy grow," said Gov. Rick Snyder. "We expanded our Pure Michigan branding efforts early in my administration because they successfully tell the important story of Michigan, attracting visitors and investments to our state."
The survey also found that spending by out-of-state visitors rose 21 percent. It says 152,600 jobs were generated by Michigan's tourism industry in 2010, up 10,000 from 2009.
The national survey was conducted by D.K. Shifflet & Associates in McLean, Va.
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