Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » Arkansas Tourism releases 2018 economic impact report

Home » Visit North America » Currently Reading:

Arkansas Tourism releases 2018 economic impact report

September 27, 2019 Visit North America No Comments Email Email

State tourism tax collections continue to grow

Arkansas hosted more than 32 million visitors in 2018 who spent $7.37 billion in total travel expenditures, $408 million in state taxes and $161 million in local taxes, according to data released by the Division of Arkansas Tourism.

Arkansas Tourism’s 2018 economic impact report, online at, illustrates that tourism continues to make a significant, positive economic impact and remains vital to Arkansas’s economy.

“For those of us who call Arkansas home, the virtues of our state are clear – stunning scenic views, compelling cultural attractions and award-winning culinary opportunities, to name a few,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “This economic impact data reminds us that visitors from across the globe travel to The Natural State to discover top-notch visitor experiences.”

The 2% tourism development trust fund also continues to grow and is up by 2.7% over 2017. In addition, nearly 68,000 Arkansas jobs are directly related to the travel industry.

Among the other key findings for 2018:

  • Arkansas’s total travel expenditures are up 4.4%.
  • Travel-generated local tax is up 2.9%.
  • Travel-generated payroll is up 3.3%.
  • Travel-generated state tax is up 2.7%.
  • And travel-generated employment is up 1.2%.

Comment on this Article:

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Platinium Partnership


Elite Partnership Sponsors


Premier Partnership Sponsors


Official Media Event Partner


Global travel media endorses the following travel Publication




%d bloggers like this:
%d bloggers like this: