Tourism leaders from across the state came together at the Capitol Building to release data from an Anderson Economic Group study showing the impact of schools waiting to start school until after Labor Day.
The study examined the school year calendar and tourism in the state, and specifically looked at the effects of post-Labor Day School start and year-round schools on Michigan’s tourism industry.
“The Anderson Economic Group Study presents undeniable evidence of post-Labor Day school start’s beneficial impact on tourism, families and our great state,” said Deanna Richeson, MLTA President and CEO.
The study found room sales for Michigan hotels increased by roughly 40,000 room nights in 2007 due to the post-Labor Day school start law. The revenue from this was between $4.5 million and $5.2 million.
The study also shows that the mandate increased tourism spending by at least $20 million in 2007.