As we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, the Hancock Chamber unites with our tourism partners at the Hancock County, Mississippi Welcome Center, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Hancock County Tourism Bureau to showcase the impact of travel and tourism on our Coastal communities.
According to Visit Mississippi’s Tourism Economic Impact Report, the Mississippi Gulf Coast welcomed 6.3 million visitors in 2017 who spent $2.41 billion, which is up $42 million compared to 2016.
Travel has always been an industry of opportunity and is an indispensable source of American jobs, many of which cannot be outsourced. The travel industry is America’s seventh-largest employer, supporting 15.6 million jobs (8.8 million directly in the travel industry and 6.8 million in other industries). In 2017, the number of leisure and hospitality jobs was up to 32,400 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, amounting to 21% of total employment in the tri-county area (source: Visit Mississippi: Tourism Economic Impact Report).
“This week serves as a great reminder of the importance of the travel and tourism industry to our Coastal communities and how vital it is to the region and state as a whole,” said Milton Segarra, CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. “Working together is the key to bringing more visitors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we look forward to a future of increased visitation, deepened partnerships and broadened horizons,” said Segarra.