Participate in Tourism Day at the Legislature Feb. 13

The Nevada Legislature will begin its 80th session on Feb. 4, and on Feb. 13, Travel Nevada will host Tourism Day at the Legislature. Tourism partners – destination marketing organizations, businesses catering to tourists and other interested parties — are encouraged to participate in this event to raise awareness of the tourism industry.

A breakfast for partners, legislators and legislative staff will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Nevada Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St. in Carson City. This is an opportunity for Travel Nevada partners to meet legislators and share information about their businesses and their work in the tourism industry. Check who your representatives are here.

After the breakfast, partners are welcome to stay for that day’s session. Travel Nevada also will have an exhibit showing tourism’s impact on the Nevada economy in the lobby of the legislative building.

If you are interested in participating in Tourism Day, please contact Ben Nebesky at [email protected].

Tourism’s impact on Nevada
Tourism is a major contributor to Nevada’s economy. Below are statistics from the Tourism Economics report “Economic Impact of Tourism in Nevada, 2017:”

  • In 2017, 56.3 million people visited Nevada.
  • Total overall travel spending in Nevada was $63.7 billion in 2017.
  • The travel industry supports about 458,780 jobs in Nevada, or about 27 percent of all employment in the state.

For more quick facts on Nevada’s tourism industry, see The full report “Economic Impact of Tourism in Nevada, 2017” can be read online here.

Nevada tourism — how it’s funded, how it gives back
The Nevada Division of Tourism (Travel Nevada) is funded by 3/8 of 1 percent of state lodging tax. The remaining 5/8 stays in the local community in which it is collected. While that lodging tax income pays for tourism promotion, it also supports local schools, parks and recreation departments, police and fire departments and economic development throughout the state. In 2017, nearly $275 million in lodging taxes went to school support.

For a thorough look at how lodging tax supports local communities, see the report “Nevada’s Tourism Ecosystem, Lodging Tax — Fiscal Year 2017,” available online here.