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.