Economic Impact & Tourism

According to a 2015 Iowa Trip Planning Survey (IDED):
  • 74.8% of visitors to the traveliowa.com website are interested in Scenic Byways in Iowa.
According to a 2015 Iowa Welcome Center Survey (IDED):
  • Average daily spending (entertainment, lodging, transportation, food, shopping) for visitors to Iowa was $276 per day.
  • Travelers spent an average of 4 days per trip in Iowa, with primary interest in History, Scenic Byways, and Outdoor Recreation.
In a study conducted by the Iowa Economic Development Authority:
  • Domestic traveler spending in Iowa in 2015 was $8.06 billion and generated over $466.7 million in sales tax receipts.
According to the 2012 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP):
  • 56% of Iowans consider “driving for pleasure” as one of the recreational activities they most prefer to participate in.

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