Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 View Comments Production art for “Head Over Heels”(Provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown) Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for Head Over Heels, a new Broadway musical featuring the iconic songs of The Go-Go’s. Featuring a book by James Magruder (adapted from an original book by Jeff Whitty), with Michael Mayer as director and Spencer Liff as choreographer, Head Over Heels will begin previews on June 23 with an opening slated for July 26 at the Hudson Theatre.Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance Arcadia, Head Over Heels is an Elizabethan love story turned on its head, set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”The cast of Head Over Heels will include Rachel York (Disaster!), Jeremy Kushnier (Paramour), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), newcomer Bonnie Milligan and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint, who will be the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on the Great White Way.Rounding out the principal cast will be Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening) and Tom Alan Robbins (The Ling King). The ensemble will include Sharon Catherine Brown (Dreamgirls), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Lisa Finegold (Rock of Ages), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Gavin Lodge (Annie), Samantha Pollino (Hot Feet), Justin Prescott (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Tanner Ray Wilson (Cats), Ricardo Zayas (Hamilton), Brian Flores, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson and Gregory Liles.Originally fronted by Carlisle, the Go-Go’s were the first and only all-female band who both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. The internationally acclaimed pop hitmakers helped cement the foundation of the early-’80s pop-rock sound. Head Over Heels
PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, has partnered with The Broadway Channel to present Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, a monthly series of specials about Broadway and the theater community. Hosted by PIX11’s Emmy-Award winning anchor Tamsen Fadal, the latest installment, Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal: Tony Winners and Summer Shows, will air on PIX11 in New York on Sunday, June 24 at 6:00pm ET and will also air on WSFL-TV in Miami on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00pm ET.Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal: Tony Winners and Summer Shows will feature the following: Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal is executive-produced by John Gore, Tamsen Fadal and Broadway Channel Senior Vice President Matthew Hege and produced by Keith Hurd. View Comments Tamsen Fadal(Photo: Getty Images) Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk talking about The Band’s Visit and their incredible Tony wins, plus Tony winner Ari’el Stachel talking about his Broadway debut Andrew Garfield and Tony Kushner talking about Angels in America Tamsen Fadal sitting down with Tony-winning actress LaChanze, one of the stars of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical A behind-the-scenes talk with the stars of The Beast in the Jungle Tamsen Fadal getting a sneak peek at Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the new Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels with star Rachel York Plus, Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek with a Broadway.com minute
Other value added by activity highlights include the following:Boating/fishing was the largest conventional activity for the nation as a whole at $20.9 billion in current-dollar value added. At the state level, this was the largest conventional activity in 29 states and the District of Columbia, led by Florida ($2.7 billion) and California ($1.8 billion).RVing was the second-largest conventional activity nationally with $16.9 billion in current-dollar value added. It was also the largest conventional activity in nine states, led by Indiana ($2.9 billion) and Ohio ($599.5 million).Snow activities was the sixth-largest conventional activity at the national level with $5.6 billion in current-dollar value added. At the state level, snow activities was the largest conventional activity in Colorado ($1.5 billion), Utah ($549.2 million), and Vermont ($175.9 million).Guided tours/outfitted travel, part of the other core activities category, accounted for $12.9 billion and was also one of the fastest growing activities in 2017, growing 11.4 percent.Outdoor Recreation by IndustryToday’s data also show the role that different industries play in the outdoor recreation economy, including their impact on value added, gross output, employment, and compensation. The arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services sector was the largest contributor to the U.S. outdoor recreation economy in 2017, accounting for $112.9 billion (national table 10). At the state level, this same sector was the largest contributor to outdoor recreation for 26 states and the District of Columbia.Other value added by industry highlights include the following:Retail trade had the second largest sector contribution to outdoor recreation nationally, accounting for $95.7 billion of current-dollar value added. Retail trade was the largest contributor to outdoor recreation value added in 17 states, including Texas ($8.5 billion), Washington ($2.8 billion), and Ohio ($2.7 billion).Manufacturing contributed $51.7 billion nationally to the outdoor recreation economy in 2017 and was the third largest outdoor recreation sector. At the state level, manufacturing was the largest sector for outdoor recreation value added in Indiana ($4.7 billion), Wisconsin ($2.0 billion), Louisiana ($1.6 billion), and Kansas ($684.2 million).Seeking Public CommentThe public is invited to submit comments on the prototype state statistics by emailing OutdoorRecreation@bea.gov(link sends e-mail). Comments are due by March 31, 2020. The feedback will be used to help finalize data sources and methodology for the state outdoor recreation statistics. Official state statistics are scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.Source: Governor. BEA. 10.24.2019 Governor Scott addresses crowd at a Thursday press conference to promote hunting and fishing. With the governor to his left is Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter and to his right in the gray sweater is Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore. Courtesy photo.Vermont Business Magazine Flanked by store owners, hunting and angling groups and supporters of outdoor recreation, Governor Phil Scott in Barre today recognized the important contribution hunting, fishing and related activities have in strengthening and diversifying Vermont’s economy.“Vermont has a rich history of hunting and angling, extending back before we were even a state. It’s a major part of our way of life,” said Governor Scott. “For me it was a family tradition, and I encourage more Vermonters who have an interest to get out there and try it. Take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or mentee, and learn what the tradition is all about.”A new report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis(link is external) finds that Vermont is fourth among states when measured by contribution of outdoor recreation to Gross Domestic Product. This is greater than states like Alaska, Florida and Colorado.“Recreation in Vermont’s forests, fields and waterways plays a significant role in our economy,” Governor Scott added. “This new analysis shows, once again, how important hunting, fishing, shooting and related activities are to our state.”In Vermont, hunting, shooting and trapping is the second largest sector of outdoor recreation, after snow sports. Fishing, boating and related activities were measured separately, and were fifth among outdoor recreational activities. Overall, more than 17,000 Vermonters work in outdoor recreation according to the report.“Wildlife-based recreation is a huge part of Vermont’s economy, and what makes our state special,” said Louis Porter, commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Each year, nearly 80,000 people are licensed to hunt in Vermont, and more than 132,000 are licensed to fish.”One important aspect of the contribution of hunting and fishing in Vermont is that much of the economic activity occurs in small and medium sized businesses, which are often located in more rural parts of Vermont.“From game check-in stations located in stores to sporting good stores to meat cutters, many Vermonters own, manage or work in small businesses like ours, which depend on hunters, anglers and trappers,” said Theresa Elmer, co-owner of Mountain Deer Taxidermy in Northfield. “These businesses are important parts of their rural communities which don’t have all the economic opportunities which exist in Vermont’s more urban areas.”Another important part of the economic contribution of hunting and fishing is the local, sustainable and healthy food provided through these activities. Hunting of the state’s big game species alone provided more than 4 million servings of food in Vermont in 2018, according to a Vermont Fish and Wildlife analysis.Bureau of Economic Analysis: Outdoor RecreationThe U.S. outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($427.2 billion) of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 (national table 2) according to statistics released in September by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) also shows that inflation-adjusted (real) GDP for the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.9 percent in 2017, faster than the 2.4 percent growth of the overall U.S. economy. Real gross output, compensation, and employment all grew faster in outdoor recreation than for the economy as a whole.With this release, BEA introduces prototype statistics on outdoor recreation for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These new statistics show that the relative size of the outdoor recreation economy ranged from 5.4 percent of GDP for Hawaii to 1.2 percent of GDP for the District of Columbia.Outdoor Recreation by ActivityFor the first time, ORSA includes information on the contribution of outdoor recreation activities to GDP. These data, referred to as value added by activity statistics, are available at both the national and state level.Activities are grouped into three categories: conventional core activities (such as camping, hiking, boating, and hunting); other core activities (such as gardening and outdoor concerts); and supporting activities (such as construction, travel and tourism, local trips, and government expenditures).Conventional outdoor recreation accounted for 30.6 percent of the outdoor recreation economy nationwide in 2017, other recreation accounted for 19.3 percent, and the remaining 50.1 percent was supporting activities (national table 2).
by Joy Choquette, Vermont Business MagazineThe benefits of running a small business in Franklin County are great. Here are some of the strongest reasons to begin or continue business in the county:Dairy Farmers of America recently invested $30 million into its St Albans plant and plans to invest another $10 million for milk hauling.The Town of Swanton received $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds. These monies will be loaned to Leader Evaporator to provide working capital while the company completes its turnaround plan.Unemployment in Franklin County is lower at 11.6 percent than the Vermont average of 12.7 percent.Community rejuvenation projects are underway in the towns of Enosburg, Richford, and Swanton.The Franklin County State Airport could receive more than $2.2 million in federal funds to rebuild and expand its existing runway.Citizens continue to show dedication to local merchants, restaurants, and other local businesses. “Buy local” remains an important focus in Franklin County.A solid work ethic and a diversity of industries in the area promote a strong business landscape.Manufacturers such as Barry Callebaut, Ben & Jerry’s, Kaytec Inc, Mylan Technologies, Peerless Clothing, Westrock, and others remain mainstays in the county.Like every area of Vermont, Franklin County has its share of challenges. Here are some of the most pressing issues that face current and potential business owners now:COVID-19-related issues include the closed border between Franklin County and Canada, drastically reduced tourism, poor milk prices, greater unemployment than usual, and partial capacity or other restrictions that most establishments are dealing with.Childcare, housing, transportation, and substance abuse issues continue to be real challenges in the county. Also, broadband internet is not available or reliable in all areas of Franklin County.Uncertainty looms for many small business owners as they struggle to carry on with “business as usual” in the face of very unusual circumstances. Some businesses have closed, others are struggling to stay afloat.Reduced networking opportunities, community events, and other gatherings pose a hardship for many businesses in the area.The threat of furlough for many employed by Homeland Security in the area and the layoffs which have already taken place at NMC create financial hardships for citizens, and upset the delicate balance of the local economy.
[selfie]NEJC Shout Outs! Click here to post YOUR message, and share it with thousands of northeast Johnson County residents for just $5. Say happy birthday, promote a garage sale, wish a local sports team good luck — whatever![/selfie]The JO offering free bus rides all day Wednesday. If you need to get somewhere and are rideless today, you’re in luck. The JO is open its doors to travelers free of charge. From The Jo: “‘Free Ride Day on The JO is our way to say thank you to our regular riders and hopefully attract some new ones who’ve thought about riding the bus but never tried it before,’ says Cris Lowe, Community Relations Coordinator for Johnson County Transit. ‘Riders can take The JO Xpress to downtown Kansas City or hop on the K-10 Connector to spend the day in Lawrence, for example, for free, and can even enjoy free Wi-Fi on the ride.’The JO will also have a “selfie contest” on Wednesday. Riders who take a picture of themselves on a JO bus and post it on The JO Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a prize pack.”Prairie Village police action helped crash victim survive fire. Fox 4 aired a piece Wednesday on the news we brought you yesterday morning regarding the use of a special fire extinguisher that helped responders get a man out of a fiery wreckage of his truck alive. [Without powerful fire extinguishers, police would not have known man was inside burning truck — Fox 4]Prescription drug take back scheduled in Fairway. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Price Chopper in Roeland Park or the Hen House in Fairway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The police departments in each community will be assisting with the drug take back. Anyone can dispose of accumulated, unwanted, unused prescription drugs by stopping at either location. No forms, questions or inconvenience involved.The drugs will be sealed and destroyed at an EPA approved incinerator.Fairway sales tax forum set for Thursday. The second of two public forums to answer questions about the city’s upcoming vote on raising the sales tax will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fairway City Hall. Ballots are scheduled to mailed to registered voters in Fairway this week. An increased sales tax would pay for improvements at the city pool and the public works building.Another big win from SM East lacrosse. The Lancers boys lacrosse team showed continued dominating form Tuesday as it beat Northland 14-2. SM East has four regular season games left before the playoffs begin, and it looks to three-peat as Lacrosse Association of Kansas City champions.Recycling drop-off event. Saturday you can take a number of items to Mission’s Sylvester Powell Community Center to recycle. The multi-city event is sponsored by Fairway, Roeland Park, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Westwood and Westwood Hills. Tires, rims, monitors, televisions, gently worn shoes and furniture are just a few of the items that can be recycled from 8 a.m. to noon. A fee will charged by the vendors for some of the items. A full list and of accepted items and fees can be found here. https://missionks.org/DocumentCenter/View/6772Four NEJC natives inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Four college students originally from the SM North area have been inducted into a prestigious national honor society. Membership requires approval by the chapter. The top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors at a college or university are eligible for induction. The students are:Hassana Samassekou, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapterBonnie Postlethwaite, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapterGary Craig, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapterMary Cranor, Pittsburg State University chapter
USA Today:No, it’s not that simple, but new research says happy lives are longer — by 35%.The study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who reported feeling happiest had a 35% reduced risk of dying compared with those who reported feeling least happy.Rather than rely on recollections about their feelings of happiness as in earlier studies, this British study of 3,853 participants ages 52-79 rated their feelings at different times on one particular day. Five years later, researchers recorded the number who died and controlled for a variety of factors, including age, gender, health, wealth, education and marital status.This approach “gets closer to measuring how people actually feel” rather than relying on recollections or general questions about well-being, says epidemiologist Andrew Steptoe, a psychology professor at University College in London, who co-authored the study.Read the full story: USA Today More of our Members in the Media >
WHO ranks antibiotics for stewardship effortsOriginally published Jul 21.Carbapenems, penicillins, quinolones, macrolides and ketolides, and the newest cephalosporins were among the antibiotics that a World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel yesterday rated as “critically important” for human medicine of highest priority in limiting their use in food animals to combat resistance to the drugs.The WHO advisory group’s latest update of the list appeared in Clinical Infectious Diseases. It was first developed in 2005 and updated about every 2 year since then, most recently in 2013.”The updated ranking allows stakeholders in the agriculture sector and regulatory agencies to focus risk management efforts on drugs used in food animals that are the most important to human medicine,” the authors said.”In particular, the current large scale use of fluoroquinolones, macrolides, third generation cephalosporins and any potential use of glycopeptides and carbapenems needs to be addressed urgently.”The complete list of antibiotics deemed critical to human health is: aminoglycosides, ansamycins, carbapenems and other penems, third- and fourth-generation cephalosporins, phosphonic acid derivatives, glycopeptides, glycylcyclines, lipopeptides, macrolides and ketolides, monobactams, oxazolidinones, penicillins (natural, aminopenicillins, and antipseudomonal), polymyxins, quinolones, and drugs solely used to treat tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases.Phosphonic acid derivatives, monobactams, and polymyxins are new to the list because of their greater importance for treating multi-resistant gram-negative bacteria. Streptogramins, on the other hand, were bumped from the critically important list to the next level—highly important—because more effective antimicrobials with fewer side effects are now available to treat gram-positive infections, the experts said.Jul 20 Clin Infect Dis abstract New antibiotic performs well against hospital pneumonia in phase 3 trialOriginally published Jul 21.London-based drug company AstraZeneca today announced that Zavicefta, its new combination antibiotic for treating a spectrum of serious gram-negative infections, performed well in a phase 3 trial against hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), including infections tied to ventilator use.The intravenous drug is a combination of third-generation cephalosporin drug ceftazidime and the broad-spectrum beta-lactamase inhibitor avibactam. It was found to be statistically non-inferior to meropenem, a carbapenem antibiotic, in the REPROVE trial, which involved 879 HAP patients in 23 countries, the company said in a news release. Results were comparable between the two drugs for both cure rates at 21 days and all-cause mortality at 28 days.Safety profiles were similar for both Zavicefta and meropenem. Full results from the REPROVE trial are expected to be presented at future scientific meetings, the company said.Hans Sijbesma, managing director of AstraZeneca’s Antibiotics Business Unit, said, “The positive results from this important phase 3 trial validate our science-led approach and confirm the effectiveness of Zavicefta in treating hospital-acquired pneumonia, providing patients and physicians with a much-needed new treatment option in the fight against antibiotic-resistant pathogens.”The European Commission approved the drug on Jun 24 for intravenous use in treating adults who have HAP.Jul 21 AstraZeneca press release Algorithm may help identify drugs to treat resistant fungal infectionsOriginally published Jul 14.A team of Chinese scientists has developed an algorithm that can identify drug combinations to treat drug-resistant fungal infections.In a study published today in PLoS Computational Biology, the researchers report that they have developed a novel algorithm—called Network-based Laplacian regularized Least Square Synergistic (NLLSS) drug combination prediction—that successfully identified 7 of 13 synergistic drug combinations to treat the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. The algorithm, which was experimentally confirmed, works by integrating different kinds of information such as known synergistic drug combinations, drug-target interactions, and drug chemical structures.According to the study, fungal infections are one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections and are associated with high mortality, especially in patients with weakened immune systems. Moreover, drug resistance is becoming increasingly common in fungal infections. But synergistic drug combinations—in which the combination of two agents increases the effectiveness of a drug—have become a promising avenue of treatment for drug-resistant infections, the authors said.The problem, however, is that effective drug combinations have traditionally been identified through screening all possible combinations of a pre-defined set of drugs, which is a timely, costly, and labor-intensive process. Developing an algorithm that can computationally screen and identify synergistic drug combinations to treat drug-resistant fungal infections, the authors said, could save time and money and provide new treatments for overcoming fungal resistance.Jul 14 PLoS Comput Biol study
A study involving 28 COVID-19 patients in Japan has shown that the virus’s serial interval—the time between successive cases—is close to or shorter than its median incubation period, suggesting pre-symptomatic transmission may play a key role in the outbreak and case isolation alone might not be as effective as hoped.Also, a separate study today outlines how Hong Kong protected 413 healthcare workers from infection with the novel coronavirus as they cared for patients without contracting the disease.Serial interval estimated at 4.0 to 4.6 daysIn the Japanese study, published yesterday in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, investigators calculated that the time from symptom onset in a primary COVID-19 patient to symptom onset in secondary patients, or the serial interval, was 4.0 to 4.6 days.Led by researchers at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, the study, though small, is important because serial interval enables identification of epidemiologic links between cases and is an important parameter in epidemic transmission models to inform infection control methods.”When the serial interval is shorter than the incubation period, pre-symptomatic transmission is likely to have taken place and may even occur more frequently than symptomatic transmission,” the authors wrote.The incubation period is the time from exposure to the virus to first symptoms.Much spread might occur before symptomsThe researchers gathered dates of illness onset of primary patients (infectors) and secondary patients (infectees) from published research articles and case reports. They subjectively ranked the legitimacy of the data, analyzed both the full dataset (28 patients) and a subset of pairs that had highest certainty in reporting (18 patients) and then adjusted for right truncation of the data because the epidemic is still growing.They estimated the median serial interval at 4.0 days (95% credible interval [CrI], 3.1 to 4.9). When the data was limited to only the most certain pairs, the median serial interval was estimated at 4.6 days (95% CrI, 3.5 to 5.9). “This suggests that a substantial proportion of secondary transmission may occur prior to illness onset,” the authors wrote.They add, “The COVID-19 serial interval is also shorter than the serial interval of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), indicating that calculations made using the SARS serial interval may introduce bias.”Because of the shorter serial interval, “contact tracing methods must compete against the rapid replacement of case generations, and the number of contacts may soon exceed what available healthcare and public health workers are able to handle,” they wrote.Of the 28 infector-infectee pairs, 12 pairs were parts of family clusters.Protecting healthcare workers against COVID-19A robust, multifaceted response to the COVID-19 outbreak protected healthcare workers against the virus in a Hong Kong hospital, according to the second study, published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.Led by researchers at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, the study describes the hospital’s infection control response in the first 42 days after a cluster of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, was reported on Dec 31.The hospital, like other public hospitals in Hong Kong, immediately stepped up its infection control procedures using enhanced laboratory surveillance, early airborne infection isolation, rapid molecular diagnostic testing, and contact tracing for healthcare workers who had been unprotected against exposure.Workers were educated about personal protective equipment, infection control, and hand hygiene in staff forums and in-person sessions. When screening identified a patient infected with the coronavirus, he or she was immediately isolated in an airborne isolation room or a ward with at least one meter of space between patients.Zero infections or deaths in hospital workersEleven unprotected healthcare workers out of 413 involved in treating patients with confirmed illness were quarantined for 14 days. No hospital workers were infected, and no hospital-acquired infections were identified after the first 6 weeks of the epidemic. This was despite the health system testing 1,275 patients with suspected infection and treating 42 patients with active, confirmed infection.”Vigilance in hand hygiene practice, wearing of surgical masks in the hospital, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment in patient care, especially performing aerosol-generating procedures, are the key infection control measures to prevent nosocomial transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [the COVID-19 virus],” the authors wrote.The investigators also collected air samples from near the mouth of a patient with a moderate viral load. The virus was not detected in any test, and tests of objects in the room detected it only on a window bench, suggesting that environmental transmission may not be as important as person-to-person transmission.Swift public health response in HangzhouAlso today, investigators at the First People’s Hospital at Zhejiang University School of Medicine published a letter in the same journal crediting public health efforts for rapid containment of the spread of COVID-19 in Hangzhou, China.The city’s COVID-19 cases climbed from an initial 6 on Jan 19 to 169 by Feb 27. In the last week that they studied, the number of new cases decreased sharply, and only 1 case was confirmed from Feb 17 to 20, according to the authors. There were no deaths among the patients.The researchers used a regression of log–incidence-over-time model to generate a fitted trajectory for daily incidence to prove the effects of the efforts, which began on Jan 23 with the launch of the highest level of emergency public health alert and response to limit people’s movements.On Feb 3, Hangzhou officials said only one family member was allowed to leave the family home and buy essentials outdoors every 2 days. At the same time, authorities implemented a package delivery method that involved no close contact with clients, which many express delivery companies adopted. Officials also urged employees and students to work online and arranged chartered transportation to help migrants return to their workplaces.On Feb 11, Hangzhou implemented a system consisting of green, yellow, and red codes. People wanting to visit Hangzhou had to submit their travel history and health information online before they could do so. A green code indicated a low risk of infection, while residents with yellow or red codes had to be quarantined for 7 to 14 days and report their health condition daily before their code turned green.The researchers said that their study shows that these efforts succeeded. “Now this health surveillance system has been applied in most cities in Zhejiang province and then would be promoted to other provinces,” they wrote.
Visitor spending supported 8.5 percent of all New Mexico jobs in 2018. According to research released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Oct. 18, the leisure and hospitality sector outpaced all other New Mexico job sectors in year-over-year employment increase with an addition of 7,200 jobs. “Growing tourism and diversifying our state’s economy is a collaborative effort with the tourism and lodging industry,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “Only together can we further expand the destination experience, so the tourism industry can reach its true economic potential.” Visitor spending generated $694 million in state and local taxes for New Mexico in 2018. The state of New Mexico saw $475 in tax revenue from visitor spending in 2018, and local governments saw $218 in tax revenue from visitor spending in 2018. Overall, visitor spending offset the tax burden on New Mexico residents by $900 per household. New Mexico saw a record-setting $7.1 billion in visitor spending in 2018, representing a 7 percent increase from 2017. The 7 percent increase in visitor spending in 2018 was a dramatic increase from the previous report, which showed an increase of 3.2 percent from 2016 to 2017. NMTD News: The study, produced by Tourism Economics, also reported visitor spending increases in lodging, food & beverage, retail, and recreation for 2018. Visitors to New Mexico spent $2.3 billion on lodging in 2018, which represents an increase of 10.1 percent from 2017. The study also reported visitor spending of $1.6 billion on food and beverage and $1.2 billion on shopping, representing an increase of 5.6 percent and 4.9 percent respectively. The study also reported visitor spending of $899 million on recreation, which is a 6.3 percent increase from 2017. Overall visitor spending has increased by 23 percent since 2013. SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) announced the results of its economic impact report for 2018, highlighted by record-setting growth in visitor spending. From the start of her administration, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham identified tourism as one of the state’s critical sectors for growth and diversification of New Mexico’s economy.
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