Floyd County sees tourism spending increase

Paddler is Joseph Tyrey of Pisgah, Iowa, catches an October wave at the Charles City Whitewater Park. Tourism in Charles City has been on the rise since the opening of the state’s first whitewater river park in 2011.     Photo by Hannah Ray J

News Release

CHARLES CITY — The Iowa Tourism Office released new data showing tourism-related expenditures in the state reached $8.5 billion in 2017, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016. Travel-generated expenditures in Floyd County totaled $18.97 million, an increase of 1.88 percent over 2016.

Additional data from “The Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties” shows travel-generated state tax receipts at a record $507.1 million. Tourism in Iowa also supported 69,600 jobs, comprising 4.4 percent of total state non-farm employment in 2017. The tourism industry employs 120 people in Floyd County.

“Tourism brings people to Floyd County year-round,” commented Ginger Williams, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator of the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce. “These visitors are bringing outside dollars into our communities to support our local businesses, visit our attractions and attend our events.”

The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The entire report and a one-page summary of the report and more information is available at traveliowa.com.