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Second Quarter 2014 Travel and Tourism Spending Data to Be Released Sept. 18

Statistics on what Americans and foreigners spent on travel and tourism in the United States in the second quarter of 2014 will be released Thursday, Sept. 18 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

The statistics, part of BEA’s Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts, provide a breakdown of the various components of travel and tourism spending, including lodging, meals, air travel, and shopping. The statistics will also provide data on employment in the tourism industry.

These statistics, which will be available at 8:30 a.m. eastern time on BEA’s website ( and by email subscription, can be used for the following purposes:

  • To assess the effects of travel and tourism on the U.S. economy
  • To compare national trends to locally observed trends
  • To examine the relationship among the travel and tourism industries
  • To compare travel and tourism industries to other industries.

These statistics are supported by funding from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Widespread Growth Across Metropolitan Areas

Percent Change in Real GDP by Metropolitan Area


  • Real GDP increased in 292 of the nation’s 381 metropolitan areas in 2013, led by widespread growth in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing; nondurable-goods manufacturing; and professional and business services. Natural resources and mining also spurred strong localized growth in several metropolitan areas.
  • Finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing and nondurable-goods manufacturing contributed more than 50 percent to real GDP growth in 61 and 46 metropolitan areas, respectively.
  • Professional and business services contributed to growth in 245 of the nation’s 381 metropolitan areas in 2013, most notably in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO (3.33 percentage points) and Janesville-Beloit, WI (2.61 percentage points).
  • Mining in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations led to notable contributions to growth for natural resources and mining in Beckley, WV (11.49 percentage points); Wheeling, WV-OH (8.50 percentage points); and Charleston, WV (3.63 percentage points). Mining in the Niobrara shale formation
    contributed significantly to the 10.1 percent increase in total real GDP for Greeley, CO.
  • In 2013, Baton Rouge, LA was the fastest growing metropolitan area (6.5 percent) among economies with populations of 500,000 or more. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA grew the fastest (10.6 percent) of the metro areas with populations of less than 500,000.

Read the full report here.