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Day in the Sun

The region raked in millions from eclipse tourism in April

The April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse over Southwestern Indiana continues its ripple effect, with economic impact data now rolling in. Although the number of visitors for the eclipse was smaller than expected, umbraphiles generated millions of dollars in tax revenue and regional wages, according to Explore Evansville, which used East Coast firm Rockport Analytics to analyze its data.

The study focused on the impact of eclipse tourism in Posey, Gibson, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties over April 5-9. Below are a few highlights.

Top number of visitors anticipated for the eclipse by area officials

Visitors specifically attributed to the eclipse

$1.1 million
Amount of tax revenue generated by regional eclipse tourism

Overnight visitors for the eclipse, whose lodging boosted the region’s hospitality industry by $1.6 million

$6.6 million
Amount spent by visitors during eclipse weekend

$3.4 million
Boost the regional food and beverage industry received

$2.9 million
Amount eclipse visitors generated for regional wages

Source: Explore Evansville, via Rockport Analytics, Inc.


Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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