ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez announced today that the state’s tourism industry had a $6.6 billion impact on the New Mexico economy in 2017, described as the largest in state history.
At a news conference, the governor called tourism as “a key economic driver” and said the $6.6 billion number represents a 3.2 percent increase from the year prior. Tourism’s economic impact has grown for the past seven years consecutively, she said.
“The more people visiting our beautiful state, the more dollars go into our communities,” Martinez said in a statement. “This means more jobs and better opportunities for New Mexican families.”
Among the other data cited by the governor:
— Visitor spending generated $662 million in state and local taxes and sustained 94,000 jobs
— There were 1 million more visitor trips to New Mexico in 2017 compared with 2016