From Crain's Detroit - Leisure spending on arts, culture and history ranked up there with overall tourism and sporting activities in Michigan last year.
While sightseeing accounted for the largest amount of spending at $3.5 billion, visitors and residents spent $2.08 billion to visit arts and cultural organizations and events, according to a report released this fall by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
That was about 17 percent of the total $12.6 billion in leisure spending/tourism spent in Michigan last year, according to the report.
Interestingly, 86 percent of the visitors to Michigan's cultural institutions were residents who traveled 50 miles or more to visit those places or events, according to the report.
Cultural tourism spending in Michigan increased $262.7 million or 2 percent between 2008 and 2010, Mike Latvis, director of public policy at ArtServe, said.
"We always talk about the number of jobs and the amount of salaries, and the amount leveraged by the state and federal governments' investment," he said.
"This just shows further in terms of the reinvestment the arts and cultural sector makes in Michigan's economy."