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Travel Works In ABQ

Travel and tourism is one of the largest private industries in the city of Albuquerque, and in the state of New Mexico. Visitors spend money at shops, restaurants, attractions, hotels, meeting facilities and countless other businesses - that's millions of dollars in outside money to stimulate the Duke City's economy each year.

Tourism produces over $69 million in local taxes each year.

Tourism is Big Business!

  • Visitors to Bernalillo County spend approximately $2 billion annually and $5.5 billion statewide.
  • The Bernalillo County hospitality industry supports approximately 29,000 jobs.

The average Albuquerque visitor "total trip" per party spending was $623 in CY 2011.

Visitor Facts and Stats

  • The Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 5.2 million passengers in CY 2011 (enplane and deplane).
  • Albuquerque hosted approximately 6.1 million visitors in CY 2011 (excluding day-trip).
  • The average length of stay in Albuquerque was 2.9 nights in 2011.
  • The ACVB Visitor Information Centers assist over 107,000 visitors over the course of a year.
  • In CY '11, 85% of New Mexico visitors traveled for leisure, 4% for meeting/convention/seminars and 11% for business.

Top four (4) states (besides New Mexico) visitors come from (Calendar Year 2011)

  1. Texas - 18.9%
  2. Colorado - 18.9%
  3. Arizona - 8.4%
  4. California - 5.9%

Visitors choose Albuquerque for their vacation destination to experience 

  1. Cultural and historical opportunities.
  2. Beautiful scenery and landscapes.
  3. Pleasant year-round weather.

Fun Facts

  • The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway has traveled over 2,600,000 miles since opening May 1966, which is equal to almost 11 trips to the moon.
  • The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® attracts over 700,000 spectator visits each year.
  • The NM State Fair hosted more than 430,000 people in 2010.
  • More chilies are grown in NM than any other state. Over 120,000 tons are produced each year.

Sources: "Tourism Economic's The Economic Impact of Tourism in New Mexico 2011 Analysis", ACVB's "President's Report", "Tourism Economic's The Economic Impact of Tourism In Albuquerque July 2012" and data provided from a 2011 Longwoods survey of State and County visitation