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  • According to the National Restaurant Association, table service restaurants derive roughly one-third of their annual sales revenue from tourists.
  • Texas foodservice sales are greater than $27 billion per year.
  • The foodservice industry sales will contribute significantly to the state's coffers with $2.2 billion in sales tax revenues.
  • More than 45,000 restaurants can be found within the state's borders.
  • Texas remains the second largest foodservice market in the nation, behind California.
  • As the largest retail employer in Texas, the Texas foodservice industry employs more than 650,000 people.
  • Total wages and benefits in the industry exceed $7 billion.
  • Most restaurateurs started in entry-level jobs


  • The hospitality industry generates nearly $2.2 billion in state tax revenues and $676 million locally.
  • An entry-level employee is more likely to be promoted to a management position in the hotel industry than an entry-level employee within just about any other corporate sector.
  • Texas hotel industry employes over 89,000 people.
  • Each year the Texas hotel industry sells in excess of 64 million room nights annually, generating over $4.5 billion in revenue.
  • More than 3,300 lodging facilities in Texas host more than 177 million travelers a year.


  • Texas ranks behind California as the second most popular state for trips taken by U.S. travelers.
  • Without the tax revenue generated by travel to Texas, each Texas household would face an average of $792 in additional annual taxes to maintain existing government services.
  • The travel and tourism industry employs more than 485,000 people in the state, earning an estimated total of $11.2 billion.
  • The Texas hospitality industry has been ranked one of the top three industries in the state.
  • The industry contributes over $40 billion to the Texas economy each year. Since 1990, total travel spending has increased by more than 88%.

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