Delaware tourism experienced a record-breaking year in 2018 as the state welcomed 9.2 million visitors, who accounted for $3.5 billion in economic impact. According to data from the Delaware Tourism Office, visitors paid $545.1 million in state and local taxes and fees, without which each Delaware household would have had to pay an additional $1,562 in taxes. “Tourism is . . . our fourth-largest private employment sector and a vital part of the state economy,” Gov. John Carney said in his State of the State Address.
For visitors to Delaware, the most popular activities in 2018 were, in order, tax-free shopping, dining and beaches. Visitors spent an average of $346 during their stay in 2018.