Leisure and hospitality is one of Albuquerque’s largest private industries, generating approximately $2 billion annually and employing more than 44,000 people in our city.*
In 2018, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy, supporting 15.7 million American jobs. The impact of the tourism industry expands far beyond this national impact, however, right into our own community.**
*from Tourism Economics study
**from U.S. Travel Association
“So why does travel matter? Well, we obviously know it matters to Albuquerque because it’s a huge part of business - the second biggest business in the city, and it employs [so many] people and touches so many different areas. But it also matters to the traveler. When people travel, they have better relationships, they build memories with their families. It’s great for education - when children travel they’re more curious.
Travel really matters. It makes a difference in America, and it makes a difference in Albuquerque.”
Tourism is one of the nation's leading industries. And it makes an impact here in Albuquerque too: 6.2 million visitors come to Albuquerque each year, generating $69 million in local taxes.
Want to know even more about the tourism industry and its impact on local, regional and national economies? Find resources and information from leaders in the industry.
Travel and tourism affect all industries within the city. There are lots of ways to work with and stay connected with us here at Visit Albuquerque and within the industry locally.