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Hillsborough County's economy sees $6 billion boost from tourists

The Cobra's Curse spin coaster is running at night at Busch Gardens for its Summer Nights party that ran this summer. [Company handout]

The Cobra's Curse spin coaster is running at night at Busch Gardens for its Summer Nights party that ran this summer. [Company handout]

TAMPA — A record-breaking, 22.6 million people who visited Tampa and Hillsborough County in 2016 pumped nearly $6 billion into the economy, according to a study commissioned by Visit Tampa Bay. The visitors supported about 50,000 jobs and contributed $369 million in state and local taxes.

"Tourism is an economic engine that runs 24-hours-a-day," said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. "Overnight visitors — and international visitors, in particular — have an especially large economic impact on the region."

Nearly 9 million overnight visitors lodged in the county for an average of three days. The study, which was conducted by Tourism Economics, found that domestic overnight travelers spent an average of $236 per day for a total of $2 billion.

Almost 500,000 international visitors, the smallest portion of the sector, spend on average of $1,327 per person on their trips for a total of $640.8 million.

Contact Tierra Smith at [email protected] tampabay.com. Follow @bytierrasmith.

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