Governor: New Mexico tourism breaks records

Gov. Susana Martinez
Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Governor Susana Martinez had an exciting announcement for New Mexico’s tourism department. Governor Martinez announced that 2014 brought in the largest economic impact in state history.

Officials with New Mexico True said $6.1 billion was brought into the state’s economy and it supported nearly 89,000 jobs.

“Tourism plays a critical role in diversifying our state’s economy. When more people visit New Mexico, more dollars go directly into our communities, and that results in more jobs and better opportunities for our families,” Governor Martinez said. “Earlier this year, we announced yet another record-breaking year for tourism. And now I’m proud to say that the direct impact that tourism has on our state’s economy is greater than we’ve ever seen before.”

Tourism Economics conducted a report that shows an increase “of more than half a billion dollars since 2011.”

The Facts According to the Report:

  • New Mexico had an increase of $2.3 billion in income in 2014
  • Half a million more people visited New Mexico in 2014 than in 2013
  • 2014 had a total number of 32.7 million visitors

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