PORT ANGELES – A new study paid for by the Washington Tourism Alliance has come up with a breakdown of tourist spending in 4 Olympic Peninsula counties and the numbers are pretty good for Clallam County.
In 2018, direct visitor spending in Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties totaled more than $975 million.
It might be a surprise to some, but Grays Harbor County with its endless beaches and clam digging leads the pack, but Clallam County was second with $300 million in tourist spending last year. That was a 7.5% increase.
The report, conducted by Dean Runyan Associates, also tells us where tourists are spending all that money.
35% of those dollars went to restaurants, with seafood such as Dungeness crabs being a huge draw.
20% went to hotels, motels, campgrounds and the like.
Arts and entertainment took in 14%, and retail sales were 12%. Food stores and transportation/gas were at 11% and 9% respectively.
Individual County Statistics
2018p Visitor Spending for Olympic Peninsula (Figures in Millions of Dollars)
|TOTAL DIRECT TRAVEL SPENDING||$300.7||$165.4||$122||$387.5|
|% Change, Year Over Year||7.5%||8.4%||3.1%||5.3%|
|Tax Revenue Generated (State/Local)||$21.9||$10.7||$8.3||$26.6|
|% Change, Year Over Year||7.4%||7.5%||2.5%||5.5%|
*2018p estimates are preliminary and subject to revision.