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Fast facts about Pennsylvania hospitality & tourism


  • 26,637: Eating & drinking place locations in Pennsylvania in 2022
  • $27.9 Billion: Projected sales in Pennsylvania restaurants in 2022
  • 497,300: Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Pennsylvania in 2022 (equals 8 percent of employment in the state)
  • Every additional dollar spent in Pennsylvania’s restaurants contributes $2.13 to the state economy.
  • Every additional $1 million spent in Pennsylvania’s restaurants generates 17.8 jobs in the state.



  • 153,317: Hotel rooms at 1,711 properties in Pennsylvania in 2021
  • 54,114: Direct hotel jobs in Pennsylvania in 2021
  • 219,144: Total direct and indirect jobs in Pennsylvania in 2021
  • $14.5 Billion: Hotel guest spending in Pennsylvania economy


  • $46.0 Billion: Direct travel and tourism visitor spending in 2019
  • 348,071: Direct travel economy jobs
  • 9 out of 51: Pennsylvania ranks 9th nationally based on earnings in the accommodations sector in 2021
  • 35 out of 41: Pennsylvania ranks 35th out of 41 states based on the size of the state tourism budget
  • Every $1 invested in Pennsylvania’s tourism budget generates $4.47 of additional state and local taxes AND $65 of additional visitor spending.

National industry breakdown


  • 1 million+ eating & drinking places nationwide
  • 15.5 million people employed by the restaurant industry
  • $997 billion of projected sales for 2023
  • 8 in 10 restaurant owners started their industry careers in entry-level positions
  • 63% of adults have worked in the restaurant industry, making it the nation’s training ground
  • 41% of restaurant firms are owned by minorities, compared to 30% of businesses in the private sector
  • Data provided by the National Restaurant Association [source]


  • 62,500 properties nationwide
  • 8.3 million people employed by the hotel industry
  • $1.5 trillion in hotel revenue, guest spending, and taxes contributed by U.S. hotel sales.
  • Data provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association & Tourism Economics [source]

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