This represents a 2.1 percent increase over 2015 and equates to nearly USD730,600 spent by visitors to the region.
The three largest sectors for visitor spending in 2016 were lodging at 31 percent, food and beverage at 23 percent, and retail at 17 percent. On average, each visitor spends USD183.50 per trip.
“Tourism plays a vital role in diversifying our state’s economy. More people visiting New Mexico means more dollars going into our communities and that means more jobs and better opportunities for our families,” said Martinez.