by Donald Wood
Last updated: 1:00 PM ET, Wed June 17, 2015
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One of the most popular destinations for travelers in the United States is Niagara Falls, and officials are reporting that the natural formation and the surrounding Niagara County saw an uptick in tourism numbers during 2014.
According to Aaron Besecker of BuffaloNews.com, the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. released its annual report Tuesday, and it claims that the area saw improvements in almost every major category measured. The tourism industry is Niagara County's second-largest business in the area, and that is reflected in the 2014 numbers.
Two prime examples of the success include an increase in international visitors (climbed 6.6 percent last year) and a jump in motorcoach business, earning the area an astounding $19.2 million, a 25-percent increase.
While international tourism is a major business driver for the area, travelers visiting from inside the United States are a major factor as well. In 2014, an estimated 6.6 million people from America traveled to Niagara Falls, with 3.6 million of those people visiting on a day trip.
The remaining three million tourists stayed overnight in the area.
Tourists who stayed in Niagara County for at least one night spent an estimated $561 million, which is a stark contrast to the $266 million injected into the local economy by day trippers.
Tourism officials also credit the advertising campaigns that ran during the 2013 and 2014 calendar years which generated an additional $24.5 million in visitor spending.
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