Rhode Island Tourism Industry

Overview Statistics

  • Rhode Island hosted 24.8 million visitors in 2017, including 7.8 million overnight visitors.
  • The total traveler economy reached $6.5 billion in 2017, including visitor spending, tourism-related construction, and supporting industries.
  • This represents growth of 5.4% in 2017 and cumulative growth of 23% over the past five years.
  • This supported 83,913 jobs, including direct, indirect and induced impacts. This equates to one job for every 293 visitors.
  • 13.1% of all jobs in the state (1-in-7.6) are sustained by the travel economy.
  • Total traveler economy employment increased 4.3% from 2015 to 2017. This compares to just 1.9% employment growth for the total Rhode Island economy.
  • Tourism in Rhode Island generated $775 million in state and local taxes in 2017.  Each household in Rhode Island would need to pay $1,890 in additional taxes in the absence of the visitor economy.


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