Visit Bucks County recently reported that Bucks County welcomed 8.15 million visitors in 2018, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2017, and reached a record-breaking $1.1 billion in total economic impact, an increase of 6.2 percent from 2017.
According to Econsult Solutions Inc., visitation increased, but most significantly, increases in visitor spending and economic impact were seen, indicating an increase in per visitor spending.
In 2018, visitors directly spent $660 million (6.9 percent more than in 2017), with spending including food and beverage, lodging, transportation, retail and recreation. There were 28,700 leisure and hospitality jobs in Bucks County, a 2.9 percent increase over 2017.
“The travel industry is a leading contributor to Bucks County’s economic growth and prosperity,” said Paul Bencivengo, president/COO of Visit Bucks County. “Our county’s tourism and hospitality industry continued to break records in 2018 with the total number of visitors, and visitor spending, fueling the local economy. Travel matters to every community and makes Bucks County a great place to live, work and play.”