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      Secretary: Tourism at all-time high in N.M.

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says tourism is at an all-time high in New Mexico.

      Jacobson told the Tourism of Association of New Mexico on Thursday that domestic visits, spending and hospitality jobs have all hit record levels.

      In 2012, Jacobson says there were 32 million domestic overnight and day visitors to the state. That's up 2.6% over 2011. Day trips were up 4.8% to 17.5 million. Average per person spend was up 12.9% for day visits and 4.9% for overnight. Direct tourism spend increased to a record $5.9 billion, up from $5.5 billion in 2011.

      Additionally she says, tourism employment passed pre-recession levels in June of this year. Leisure and hospitality jobs increased 5.5% jobs over last summer to 4,767, marking 12 consecutive quarters of job growth.

      (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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