Missouri set tourism records in Fiscal 2016, new report shows

Missouri set new records for tourism in the fiscal year that ended in June, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office announced Thursday, citing a report from research firm Tourism Economics.

The state welcomed 41.7 million visitors during Fiscal 2016, up from 40.4 million in 2015, the governor’s office said. Overall, the tourism industry had a $16.5 billion economic impact on the state, up from $15.9 billion the previous year.

Tourism-related spending grew to $13.1 billion in Fiscal 2016, up from $12.4 billion the year before, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. The state’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reports that direct tourism-related employment increased to 307,937 jobs for the fiscal year, up from 297,129 the year before.

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