Both the number of overnight visitors and the dollar amount generated in direct travel spending were up in 2014 from 2013: 4.1 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
Every day, $57 million of direct travel spending is inserted into the Arizona economy, according to AOT research.
The majority of travelers, 83 percent, came to Arizona for leisure purposes in 2014. While only 17 percent of travelers were in Arizona for business purposes, the average business traveler spent $872, compared to the $623 spent by leisure travelers.
When looking at the origin of Arizona’s tourists, Arizonans made up the largest group, with 9.9 million Arizona residents traveling within the state and spending the night at least 50 miles from their home. In 2014, 7.7 million of Arizona’s overnight visitors were California residents and 3.8 million visitors came from Mexico.