Omaha is a popular tourism destination. A recent study shows that 12.3 million people visited Omaha in 2016. Visit Omaha Executive Director Keith Backsen says the tourism industry is having a big economic impact.
Backsen says, “This is the seventh consecutive year we have seen growth in all of our segments and we are almost at the $2 billion mark so this is extremely exciting for us.”
The study shows the tourists spent $1.22 billion while visiting the city last year. That spending resulted in local businesses spending another $700 million in the community.
Tourism also brings jobs. Backsen says the money visitors spend supports 17,280 jobs. One out of every 17 jobs in Omaha is supported by visitor spending.
Taxes generated by visitor spending have also grown. Tourism saves each Douglas County household $730 per year. Without tourism, taxes would go up and the current level of government services would go down.