Rhode Island Tourism Industry
Rhode Island hosted 21.6 million visitors in 2020. A 17.5% decline over the prior year. The share of day visitors increased, as did those coming for leisure purposes. A national trend, international inbound travel was severely restricted in 2020, and significant declines were felt across the county both in terms of visitation and spending.
The total traveler economy declined 30.6% in 2020, registering $4.9 billion. This includes visitor spending, tourism-related construction, and supporting industries.
The traveler economy supported 66,402 jobs, including direct, indirect, and induced impacts.
This represents 11.1% of all jobs in Rhode Island or 1 in 9 jobs.
Direct visitor industry employment registered 28,412 in 2020, declining 27.8% from the prior year.
Tourism in Rhode Island generated $1.3 billion in tax revenues in 2020, with $597 million accruing to state and local governments.
- Rhode Island Visitor Economic Impact Analysis 2020
- Rhode Island Visitor Economic Impact Analysis 2019
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