October 31, 2018

Route 66: Economic Benefits

A cultural icon and staple of the American road trip, Route 66 is also a prime example of the economic success cultural heritage tourism can bring to our historic communities. Learn more about the economic benefits The Mother Road gives to the towns and cities along its 2,451 miles.

Infographic of Route 66 Economic Benefits: What Is Cultural Heritage Tourism? Traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that represent stories and people of the past. Cultural Heritage Tourists spent $171 billion on travel in 2013. Travel supports one in eight American jobs nationwide. Annual Route 66 Spending: $67 million at businesses on Main Streets, $38 million in cultural heritage tourism, $27 million at museums. Tourists usually spend between $1,500 and $2,000 when they travel Route 66.

We believe all Americans deserve to see their history in the places that surround us. As a nation, we have work to do to fill in the gaps of our cultural heritage.

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