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It's A Record-Breaking Summer For Long Island Tourism

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The West Bathhouse and pool at Jones Beach.

A state-funded report on New York’s tourism economy says visitors spent $6.1 billion on Long Island in 2018.

That’s an increase of 4.5% over 2017, and the first-time tourism has exceeded $6 billion. 

Long Island supports more than 80,000 tourism jobs, and the industry paid workers $2 billion in wages, while generating $740 million in state and local tax revenue last year.

The island broke attendance records as well.

Suffolk County’s beaches attracted more than 425,000 visitors this summer, 10% more than last year. 

And attendance at county parks more than doubled this year with about 26,500 visitors.

County government generated a record high number of seasonal permits. More permits were sold this year than the three previous years by more than 8%.

Campsites at popular county campgrounds were sold out over the Labor Day holiday weekend. 


A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.