Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development

Understand how investments in the visitor economy drive broader economic growth.

The dividends of destination promotion extend far beyond the benefits accruing to visitor-related industries and their suppliers. 

In addition to attracting visitors, destination marketing drives broader economic growth by sustaining air service, creating familiarity, attracting decision makers, and improving the quality of life in a place.

As a result, cities and states that prioritize destination marketing and coordinate these efforts with economic development initiatives have experienced significant site relocations and new investments as a direct result.

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About the Study

This study incorporates a combination of case studies, interviews, literature review, and statistical analysis covering more than 200 cities over the past 23 years. It confirms that destinations with substantial and growing visitor economies tend to outperform their peers, making destination promotion a true engine of economic development.