Tourism and Recreation

Tourism & Recreation:

  • Over 1.7 million employees & nearly $70 billion GDP

Includes activities such as:

  • Amusement & recreation services
  • Boat dealers
  • Eating & drinking places
  • Hotels & lodging places
  • Marinas
  • Recreational vehicle parks & campsites
  • Scenic water tours
  • Sporting goods retailers
  • Zoos & aquaria

Top 5 states in tourism & recreation ocean economy sector:

  • California, Florida, New York, Washington, Hawaii
  • Tourism & recreation represents 75% of employment and 51% of GDP in the nation’s ocean economy12

Sources:

  1. National Ocean Economics Program. State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies., ONLINE. 2009. Available: http://www.OceanEconomics.org/nationalreport [7 May 2010]. []
  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Projected Participation in Marine Recreation: 2005 & 2010, National Survey on Recreation and the Environment 2000., ONLINE. 2005. Available: http://marineeconomics.noaa.gov/nsre/nsreforecast.pdf [7 May 2010]. []