"Tourism on Galveston Island"
Tourism on Galveston Island How important is the Visitor? Everyone in the community benefits from an influx of tourism. Of prime importance to most persons is the dollar and cents effect. ** According to the Texas Department of Economic Development, without the local, state and federal tax revenues generated by travel spending, each Texas household would have faced an additional tax burden on $780 to maintain existing government services. ** Increased tourism business results in the employment of new personnel – currently the Galveston-Texas City area employs 7,070 people who are directly impacted by tourism. ** Benefiting most are the facilities, service and attractions that have direct contact with the tourists. Hotels/motels, eating establishments, taxi cabs, buses and retail stores, find that their gross income is increased. Cultural, educational and social institutions; special events; museums and art galleries also enjoy increased visitation. Who is a Visitor & How Many Visit? Anyone who comes to Galveston Island that lives 50+ miles one-way from home or stays overnight - received 4.4 million visitors in 2002. Where do our Visitors Come From? In-State Top Cities Houston 43% Dallas 20% Austin 6% Waco-Temple 5% San Antonio 4% Beaumont 3% Harlingen 2% Out-of State Top 5 Lafayette 3% Chicago 2% Oklahoma 2% Lake Charles 1% Topeka 1% Average Distance Traveled (miles) Under 300 74% 301-500 13% 501-1000 4% 1001+ 8% How do they Get Here? Car/Truck 79% RV 1% Air 5% Ship 7% Train 0% Other 9% Why do they Visit? Leisure guests accounted for 93% of all visitors, more specifically: 67% Visited the Beach/Waterfront 47% Went Sightseeing 4% Visited Historic Sites 1% Visited National/State Parks Business 7% Meetings 4% Total Expenditure Summary (Per Person Per Day) Average ($) $105.20 Food $27.50 Entertainment $14.50 Room $20.40 Shopping $18.40 Transportation $20.90 Miscellaneous $ 3.50 VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS Average party size (adults & children) was 3.4 people Average length of stay was 1.7 days 79% traveled by car Average spending was $105 per person per day 57% stayed in paid accommodations Average age was 41 Average household income was $62,116 Source: DKS&A DIRECTIONS Texas Economic Development Report 2002