BOSTON (WWLP) - Tourists spent nearly $18 billion dollars in Massachusetts just two years ago, but tourism also creates a lot of jobs.
Tourism is the third largest industry in Massachusetts. One of it is biggest benefits for those living in the state, earning a living is jobs.
“Jobs, jobs jobs. I call it the circle of tourism. It’s not just the tourists who come in and spend their money, it’s all the folks who are waiters, and bartenders and hoteliers,” said the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Chairman Michael Hurwitz.
126,500 jobs were created through the state’s tourism just two years ago – providing more than $3.5 billion in wages for the people of Massachusetts. Tourism leaders of the Pioneer Valley met with state lawmakers to celebrate the big numbers, as well as the growth in western parts of the state.
“What’s really great about it is that it’s actually going across the state now, so we realized how, especially in western Mass., that tourism is really important to us, it brings a lot of people in from across the state, obviously from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont,” said Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega.
Representative Vega says for every $1 spent on the state-level, up to $5 is returned through industries like tourism.