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Study: Vermont tourism spending on rise

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Figures just out from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing show the state saw record growth in visitor spending and tourism-related employment in 2011.

A study for the tourism department by a consulting economics firm found visitors made nearly 14 million trips to Vermont for leisure, business or personal travel.

Spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.7 billion, with about $275 million of that going to the state in taxes and fees. That was up 37.5 percent from 2009.

Jobs in hospitality and recreation were up 14 percent since 2009, with visitor spending supporting nearly 38,000 jobs in the state.

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