New statistics show that Connecticut tourism jobs are growing.
Connecticut saw a strong 2015 summer, with indicators showing significant rises in visitation to tourism destinations, as well as a significant increase in spending levels per visitor.
“This demonstrates we’re making gains – jobs are growing significantly each month, our efforts to make our state a tourist destination are paying off, and the needle is no doubt moving in the right direction. These numbers are significant. Connecticut’s economy is reinforced by a strong tourism sector, which not only directly supports a large number of workers, but also has a significant indirect impact on job creation and business development. Destinations in Connecticut are reporting positive growth – an indication that the state’s commitments to boosting this sector are generating results,” Governor Malloy said. “Connecticut is an incredible place to live and visit, and we’re proud of the attractions and destinations we have to offer residents and visitors to our beautiful state alike. We hope the fall season sees the same kinds of growth as we saw in the summer.”
Connecticut’s hotel industry also reported positive results in key performance metrics from June to August 2015, and outpaced national metrics in percentage increases, which is further indication of increasing demand throughout the state:
Lodging occupancy increased four percent compared to last year. That’s compared to one percent for the entire nation.
Revenue per available room (RevPAR) was up 7.6 percent, or 1.7 higher than the rest of the U.S.
Lodging revenue exceeded $285 million this summer – an indication of higher demand – which is up 7.1 percent compared to last year.
Regionally, markets such as Groton/Norwich and New Haven/Waterbury are leading the state in the areas of occupancy, up six percent and 8.6 percent, respectively. RevPAR in those areas is up 12.9 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively.