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New Report Shows Tourism Economic Impact in Mesa

Visitors Spent $748.6M Across Mesa in 2023; Up 5.4% From Prior Year

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New Report Shows Tourism Economic Impact in Mesa Reaches $1.2 Billion

Visitors Spent $748.6M Across Mesa in 2023; Up 5.4% From Prior Year

MESA, Ariz. (July 8, 2024) – Visit Mesa’s latest annual economic impact report conducted by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, finds visitor spending grew 5.4% to $748.6 million in 2023, generating a total economic impact of $1.2 billion that sustained 8,071 jobs and generated $84.7 million in state and local tax revenues.

“The visitor industry serves as a crucial economic driver for the city, producing tax revenue and creating jobs that our residents depend on,” said Marc Garcia, President and CEO of Visit Mesa. “This report highlights the significance of the travel sector, not only through direct visitor spending but also in its overall economic impact on the broader economy. The influx of visitor dollars improves the quality of life for our residents. Additionally, the tax revenue generated from visitors is highly efficient, as visitors typically do not utilize public services such as schools, jails, and libraries.”

City of Mesa Mayor John Giles said, “This study shows that visitors bring significant economic benefits to our community. The revenue generated by visitor spending is a driver of Mesa’s economy, supporting local businesses, creating jobs, and enhancing our city’s development. These dollars help us to promote future growth and maintain a high quality of life for our residents. We are proud to see the positive impact of tourism on Mesa and are committed to continuing to attract visitors to our vibrant city.”

Additional key findings from the report:

The $748.6 million in visitor spending means that $2 million was spent every day by visitors in Mesa.

Each household in Mesa would need to be taxed an additional $439 to replace the visitor-generated taxes received by state and local governments.

The 8,071 jobs sustained by visitor spending support 7.1% of all jobs in Mesa.

The $84.7 million in state and local taxes generated by tourism would cover the average salaries of 1,050 police officers in Mesa.

Visit Mesa is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) responsible for positioning and promoting Mesa, Arizona, as a top destination for leisure and business travel. Learn more about Visit Mesa and its mission to promote the value and vitality of Mesa’s visitor economy to create a better community at VisitMesa.com. All research was conducted by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company.

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