Tourism industry encouraged by 2011 numbers

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PHOENIX -- The tourism industry in Arizona is on the rise.

The Arizona Office of Tourism has announced that more than 37 million domestic and international overnight visitors traveled to the Grand Canyon State in 2011.

Spending by tourists generated $18.3 billion, and $2.7 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenues. A total of nearly 300,000 jobs were also created by tourists visiting Arizona.

While last year’s tourism numbers are encouraging, officials said there’s always room for continued growth.

“This is great news for our industry; however, we need to keep this momentum going and continue to promote Arizona as a premier leisure destination,” said Sherry Henry, Arizona Office of Tourism director. “This type of marketing activity is key to bringing new money into the state that contributes to Arizona economic vitality.”

For more information about travel destinations across the state of Arizona visit www.arizonaguide.com.