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Nearly $60 million jump in Mohave County tourism over 2 years

May 7, 2019

Visitor spending in Mohave County rose by nearly $60 million in two years, according to the most recent numbers available from the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Debbie Johnson, the state’s tourism director, says visitor spending in the county reached more than $583 million in 2017, a jump of $59 million from 2015, and she expects to see similar numbers when 2018’s data is released at the end of July during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Much of the county’s tourism occurs in Lake Havasu City, home of the London Bridge and Lake Havasu, a popular power boating destination. Water recreation is among the key tourism drivers for the state, particularly along the Colorado River region, where visitors spend $1.2 billion and support nearly 15,000 jobs, Johnson said.

Additionally, a report released in April by Audubon Arizona found that recreation on or along rivers and lakes in Mohave County generates $710 million dollars annually for the county.”

“Tourism keeps taxes lower for every Arizona resident, and that’s certainly the case in Lake Havasu City, where spending by visitors saves the average household about $700 each year in state and local taxes,” Johnson noted in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, Go Lake Havasu, the tourism bureau for Lake Havasu City, is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with a private luncheon to recognize some of the city’s largest tourism contributors. The invitation-only event is scheduled for Thursday at the London Bridge Resort.

“This is our time of year to stop and recognize the economic force of tourism within Lake Havasu City and thank involved businesses and organizations that are dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences for tourists,” said Terence Concannon, President/CEO of Go Lake Havasu, in an emailed statement.

To celebrate, local businesses are offering discounts for Havasu residents this week. They include a $5 discount for 60-minute boat tours offered by Sunset Charter & Tour Co., and a 15 percent discount on rentals offered by Southwest Kayaks.