We’re all in this together. 2020 is a milestone for the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau: We've been bringing business to town for 50 years.
New numbers were just released. The Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism reports that visitors brought $506 million in direct spending to businesses in the Abilene metropolitan area during 2019. Those dollars generated more than $45 million in tax receipts for state, county, and city governments. The report shows that travelers supported more than 4,100 jobs in 2019, providing $115 million in salaries and revenue to workers and proprietors. Visitors are important to sustain a vibrant economy.
The industry, of course, has taken a huge financial hit recently, and Abilene businesses and venues are feeling the pain. Attractions and venues have closed their doors to guests and canceled events that bring revenue to support their operations. More than 84 meetings and events have canceled for this year, representing a $7.7 million (and counting) loss to Abilene’s economy.
We’re sweeping off the porch and preparing to roll out the welcome mat. People will want to get out and stretch their legs, spend time with grandchildren, dine out with old friends, pay respects to extended family. We invite Abilenians to join the effort.