There’s no denying that the outdoor industry has a significant impact on Arizona economy. The proud state of Arizona is vast and has a lot to offer nature-wise. Even apart from the most notable landmark – the Grand Canyon – Arizona has a lot more to offer.
The state is the sixth largest in the US, and it offers incredible and awe-inspiring deserts in the south and colorful forests in the north. It’s filled with beautiful mountains and ski resorts like the ones in Flagstaff and Greer.
It’s also home to many Indian reservations of almost 30 different Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation.
So how does all of that and the outdoor industry affect the economy of the state?
Billions of Dollars and Thousands of Jobs
The Outdoor Industry Association released a report in 2017 that provides some impressive numbers.
Each year, the outdoor industry generates $21.2 billion from consumer spending and an additional $1.4 billion from taxes. Because the state’s GDP is around $270 billion, these remarkable earnings - approximately 8% of the GDP - are indeed playing a significant role.
Besides, the industry employs more than 200,000 people – a number that cannot be taken lightly when you take into account that the state is home to only seven million people. Plus, you can also compare this to the aerospace, tech, and defense sectors which provide only 184,000 jobs combined.
The people of the state seem to be aware of their state’s natural wonders, as some 59% participate in some form of outdoor recreation every year. That makes them a lot more physically active than the average American citizen. Not a small achievement for every Arizona resident!
All in all, these numbers prove something important – the nature of Arizona has a massive impact on the people of the state, and it has to be cared for if we want it to provide such benefits to the economy through the industry that operates because of it. That’s why it’s crucial for anyone in power in the state at any time to never stop supporting the policies that protect the nature and invest in outdoor recreation.
Experience Arizona Outdoors for Yourself!
But there’s a reason for these amazing numbers! Arizona has so much natural beauty, it’s no surprise that outdoor enthusiasts flock here in great numbers.
It doesn’t matter if you live in Arizona or are planning to visit the state. Everyone benefits from spending some time in the great, beautiful outdoors. And there are just so many choices here for all fitness levels!
If you’re ready for the experience, contact us and let’s make a plan that will suit your specific adventurous spirit. We at the Arizona Adventure Cooperative can plan a whole trip for you and connect you with some of the best guides. We are sure that it will be a truly memorable adventure for anyone who seeks it!