Site ranks Batesville seventh best small town in Arkansas – Tourism a large, growing part of local economy

February 27, 2017

When it comes to discussions about the economy and jobs in Arkansas, much of the conversation is focused on manufacturing, retail and agriculture. Often overlooked, though, is the tourism sector.

In  2015, Arkansas hosted more than 28 million visitors spending $7.2 billion in total travel expenditures, $374 million in state taxes and $137 million in local taxes. Arkansas saw its biggest growth in the tourism that year as well, with growth of 7 percent over 2014 in 2015. While the numbers aren’t in yet, 2016 looks like it might be another healthy year for tourism.

In Independence County, travel-related expenditures brought $44,659,293 into the area, according to Kyle Christopher, tourism director for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He said that in 2015, there were 503 travel-related jobs created in Independence County.

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