FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2016
Melissa Joseph Muntz, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Visit Frederick, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 301-600-4023, fax: 301-600-4044
Increased Visitor Spending in Frederick County
Frederick, MD – Spending by visitors to Frederick County rose from $380.3 million in 2014 to $391.6 million in 2015, meaning that average daily spending by visitors to the county continues to be over one million dollars, according to a newly released study. The Economic Impact of Tourism in Maryland is compiled annually by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. The report for calendar year 2015 was released on Dec. 22, 2016. This annual report examines the tourism industry in the state as a whole by looking at sectors including lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreation, transportation, and more. Additionally, the report provides tourism statistics for each Maryland County, as well as Baltimore City and Ocean City. The figures reflect spending by people who travelled at least fifty miles for a purpose other than commuting to work or school.
Since 2010, visitor spending has grown over 35% and continues to grow each year. “Because visitors spend money at such a wide variety of establishments, big and small, scattered throughout the county, it isn’t often obvious to residents what a large industry tourism is for Frederick County,” said Visit Frederick Executive Director John Fieseler.
The study shows that in 2015, over 6,500 jobs in Frederick County were supported by visitor spending, covering payroll of over $247 million. Those figures include jobs that exist directly and indirectly as a result of the tourism industry. Visitors paid combined Federal, State and local taxes of $108.5 million.
The $391.2 million spent by visitors in Frederick County Tourism in 2015 grew by 2.8% from 2014. Food and beverage expenditures accounted for 27% of tourism industry sales, and transportation was a close second accounting for 25.6%. Recreation accounted for 15.9%, followed by retail at 15.7%, lodging at 13.9% and second homes at 2%.
Visit Frederick is the recognized Destination Marketing Organization for Frederick City and Frederick County, Maryland. It operates the Frederick Visitor Center and related Visit Frederick programs that include Destination Marketing and Group Tour Marketing. For more information about Visit Frederick, visit www.visitfrederick.org or call 301-600-4047.