Updated: 07/07/2014 12:44 PM |
Created: 07/07/2014 12:36 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
It's been another record-breaking year for tourism in New Mexico.
In Roswell on Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that spending by visitors to New Mexico increased by 7 percent in 2013, totaling around $300 million in new revenue for communities across the state.
The governor said the leisure and hospitality industry created 1,700 new jobs last year as result of the growth. Also, 700 additional jobs have been created between January and May of this year.
Altogether, the increases represent the third consecutive year of tourism growth in New Mexico.
"It is exciting to see another record-breaking year for tourism," Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson said in a statement. "This data continues to reinforce the point that New Mexico True is working by attracting active visitors who stay longer and spend more money all over the state."
A record 32.2 million people traveled to New Mexico last year alone, according to the governor's office.