Economic Impact of Travel & Tourism

Travel & tourism is an important part of the Alamogordo economy.  The City of Alamogordo partners with surrounding communities and the New Mexico Department of Tourism to ensure we are taking advantage of every opportunity to help this industry grow and thrive.  Below you will find valuable and interesting information related to the impact of tourism on the Alamogordo economy and how you can connect to local and state resources.

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Below you will find stats for Otero County as it relates to Lodger’s Tax 2020 vs. 2019, Leisure Hospitality GRT 2020 vs 2019, % of Employment Dependent on Visitor Spending and Short Term Rentals. The legislature has seen the importance of supporting the revitalization of tourism for our State and in local communities and has again funded the NMTD higher than any prior year. 

Travel & Tourism Economic Impact Related Reports & Studies

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  • National Parks overall have much greater visitation, overnight visits, spending per visitor, and economic impacts than National Monuments.
  • In the eight National Monuments redesignated as National Parks examined in this report, visits increased by 21 percent, on average, in the five years after redesignation compared to the five previous years.
  • In the Intermountain West, from 2000 to 2016, recreation visits to National Parks increased while visits to National Monuments decreased. Importantly, National Parks saw a much faster increase in overnight visits, which have great economic impact in the surrounding region.
  • Depending on how local communities advertise a new National Park, redesignation of White Sands National Monument may result in between $6.2 million and $7.5 million in new spending, 84-107 new jobs, and between $2.7 million and $3.3 million in labor income.

Read the complete study on the Headwaters Economics website at this link https://headwaterseconomics.org/public-lands/protected-lands/national-monuments-redesignated-national-parks/

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New Mexico Hospitality Association is a nonprofit (501c6) that is focused on serving its members and all segments of the hospitality industry. The association delivers decades of combined experience to lead public policy and workforce development strategy for a more prosperous economy. Tourism & hospitality is one of the state’s strongest private industries. In 2017, the hospitality and tourism industry contributed $662 million in state and local tax revenue. Tourism had its largest economic impact in state history in 2017, injecting $6.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supporting nearly 94,000 jobs. The association represents member interests at the state and national level, cultivates professional development, and targets opportunities to incubate and foster long-term job and wealth creation statewide. The association’s members are true investors and are playing a crucial role in growing tourism and New Mexico’s economy.

Below are links to economic impact dashboards related to lodgers tax, visitation, GRT, and employment in the hospitality industry.

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Press Release Travel and Tourism Week 050521