ECONOMIC IMPACT

How Tourism Benefits Everyone

Tourism is big business in Montgomery County, but you may not realize how big. Here are some numbers to show how the travel industry affects all of us, both directly and indirectly:

The Economic Impact of Tourism

$1.5 BILLION IN TOURISM SPENDING

Visitors to Montgomery County, Pa., spent more than $1.5 billion in 2016. That number grew by 3.2% from 2015 and should be even higher for 2017.

In 2016, a total of $3.7 billion was spent by tourists in Philadelphia's suburbs; 41% of that was spent in Montgomery County.

19,800 JOBS

The tourism industry in Montgomery County, Pa., supports 19,800 jobs annually. In 2017, that number is expected to exceed 20,000 for the first time. 

Of those jobs, lodging and food service saw the highest growth year-over-year, followed by arts and recreation.

2 MILLION HOTEL ROOMS BOOKED

More than 2 million hotel rooms were filled in Montgomery County in 2016. Every one of those guests helped contribute to our local ecomony - through taxes, through food purchases, through their hotel room cost and through spending at local businesses.

HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT MEMBERS?

High Level: The tourism industry benefits the entire local economy. The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is working to grow all of these key indicators, and by supporting the VFTCB, you are supporting economic growth. 

Low Level: The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is a go-to resource for travelers coming to Montgomery County. Whether they order a Visitors Guide or Crave Montco Dining Guide, visited ValleyForge.org or discovered one of our publications during their stay, we can connect your business to these visitors.