The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) announced the 2013 visitation statistics and economic impact of the Arizona travel and tourism industry at the annual Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

According to the latest research data released by AOT, more than 39 million domestic and international overnight visitors experienced Arizona as travel destination in 2013. Direct travel spending generated $19.8 billion, which is approximately $53 million contributed to Arizona’s economy each and every single day. The industry statistics were released by AOT at the conference held July 16-18 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

AOT will be expanding its national tourism advertising campaign to include targeted efforts in Chicago, Seattle and Minneapolis; continuing trade and media activities in the growing visitor markets of China and Brazil; and continuing with a co-operative marketing plan designed to promote rural Arizona destinations.

The entire study can be found in the Research & Statistics sections of www.azot.gov.

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