Bradys Run Lake
Capturing Trail-based tourism is a primary goal of the Ohio River Trail Project. According to information provided by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, “Trails and greenways bring job growth in construction and maintenance as well as tourism related opportunities like river rafting tours, bike rentals, restaurants and lodging. A National Park Service study also revealed that the economic impact of a trail involves a combination of newly created trail related jobs and the expansion of existing businesses related to travel, equipment, clothes, food, souvenirs and maps.”
- Tourism ranks as the second-largest industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with 400,000 employees who earn $10.7 billion in wages and benefits annually. Tourism accounts for over 6% of all jobs in the commonwealth.
- Pennsylvania welcomed more than 138 million visitors in 2007, making it the fourth-most-visited state in the country.
- In 2007, visitors generated a total of $2.8 billion in state and municipal tax revenues.
- Each of the 4.9 million households in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saves $575 in taxes annually thanks to the tax revenue generated by the tourism industry.