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THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM ON GALVESTON ISLAND

In 2016, visitor volume to Galveston Island increased 0.9%, eclipsing 6.5 million visitors!

On-going beach restoration and beach nourishment efforts and faster than ever growth in the Houston region supported Galveston Island's expanding tourism economy.

Galveston Island visitors spent $780 million in 2016, which generated $1.1 billion in total business sales, including indirect and induced impacts.

Visitors spent $184 million on food and beverages, $176 million on lodging, $152 million on retail shopping, and $141 million on recreations and attractions.

CRUISE INDUSTRY IMPACT OF TOURISM ON GALVESTON ISLAND

The fourth largest home port in the United States, the Port of Galveston saw an increase in cruise traffic of 4.7% in 2016. The 877,000 embarkations are 42% higher than the 2006 peak of 617,000 and are expected to top 1.0 million in 2018!

Galveston is home to five full-time cruise ships, including three Carnival cruise ships and two Royal Caribbean cruise ships. The Disney Wonder also calls Galveston Island home seasonally.

Cruise activity generated $58.4 million in passenger on-shore spending, and another $19.1 million in services provided at the Port of Galveston in 2016.


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