ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Travelers in New Mexico opened their wallets a little wider last year.
Direct visitor spending in New Mexico hit $6.4 billion statewide in 2016, a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year, the state Department of Tourism said Wednesday.
The department said 92,000 jobs, or one in 12 statewide, is sustained by visitor spending, and tourism generated $642 million in state and local taxes in 2016.
Since 2010, jobs have grown in the sector by nearly 6,000 positions, according to data from the department. In the same time period, direct visitor spending grew by $1.2 billion.