Who's Visiting and Why
Before you develop a plan to attract cultural tourists to your cultural organization, you need to know who they are and how to connect with them. Understanding where these people come from and why, as well as how long they stay, will help you put your marketing dollars to work.
- According to research by the U.S. Travel Association, there
are more than 146 million adult travelers in the US. About 81%
of these folks included cultural, arts, heritage or historic activities
while on a one-way trip of 50 miles or more during the past year.
- Among these Cultural Tourists, the most popular cultural activities were: visiting historic sites (31%), visiting museums (24 percent), visiting art galleries (15%) and seeing live performances (14%).
- In 2008, Massachusetts was ranked 15th among the 50 states,
attracting 2.2 percent of America's travel market, or 27.1
- Of that number, 17.4 million tourists came to Massachusetts
from out of state; 1.9 million came from outside the US.
The majority of the domestic travelers come from New England,
Pennsylvania, and New York.
- The typical domestic traveler visits during the summer, travels
by car, and stays an average of 3.6 nights here.