Leflore County saw more than a $1 million increase in visitor spending last year, bucking the declines experienced by many of its Delta neighbors, according to a recent report from Mississippi’s tourism development agency. Tourists and other visitors to Leflore County spent $50.6 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, a 2 percent increase from the previous year, says the Visit Mississippi economic impact report. The report measures contributions of the tourism industry to state and local economies by measuring travel expenditures by visitors, travel and tourism employment in each of the state’s counties and tourism regions, state and local taxes attributed to travel and tourism, and capital investment in tourism.
The report said $4.8 billion was spent by out-of-state visitors to Mississippi in 2016, with $877 million of that in the Delta.
Among Delta counties, Tunica, Coahoma and Washington counties showed the highest travel and tourism expenditures due to state-licensed gaming revenues.