NEWS: News & Notes: Tourism brings over $1 billion to Mercer County in 2012

BY DAILY PRINCETONIAN STAFF

For the second consecutive year, Mercer County received more than $1 billion in tourism spending, according to data collected by Tourism Economics, the Princeton Packet reported.

Total tourism spending for 2012 is up 3.9 percent from 2011, when the county received $1.072 billion in tourism spending. In 2010, Mercer County received $973 million in spending.

Food and beverage accounted for the largest portion of the spending, netting $299.4 million, followed by transport, retail, and lodging and recreation.

Additionally, “direct tourism employment” in 2012 remained stable, decreasing by only 14 jobs from 2011 for a total of 11,148 tourism-related jobs.

The University has been a large source for this tourism, with more than 750,000 visitors each year. New Jersey had over 82.5 million visitors statewide in 2012.

“We know that the Princeton campus is a major draw for visitors that includes not only those families looking to enroll their children here, but others who come here for conferences, athletic camps, recreational events and many other activities,” Dan Day, the University’s director of news and editorial services, told the Packet.“And we are pleased to contribute to the overall economic and cultural welfare of the region and the state of New Jersey.”

©2013 The Daily Princetonian

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