Rhode Island Tourism Industry

Overview Statistics

  • Rhode Island hosted 25.4 million visitors in 2018, including 8.0 million overnight visitors.
  • The total traveler economy reached $6.8 billion in 2018, including visitor spending, tourism-related construction, and supporting industries.
  • This represents growth of 4.7% in 2018 and cumulative growth of 29% over the past six years.
  • This supported 86,094 jobs, including direct, indirect and induced impacts. This equates to one job for every 293 visitors.
  • 13.4% of all jobs in the state (1-in-7.5) are sustained by the travel economy.
  • Total traveler economy employment increased 2.6% from 2017 to 2018. This compares to just .5% employment growth for the total Rhode Island economy.
  • Tourism in Rhode Island generated $811 million in state and local taxes in 2018.  Each household in Rhode Island would need to pay $1,969 in additional taxes in the absence of the visitor economy.


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