Spotsylvania County tourism tops $300 million in 2019

Spotsylvania County tourism tops $300 million in 2019

Tourism revenue for Spotsylvania County reached more than $303 million in 2019, a three percent increase over 2018. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled almost 3,200 while local tourism-related taxes were nearly $6 million. According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), tourism in Virginia generated $27 billion in visitor spending in 2019. The tourism industry also supported 237,000 jobs for Virginia communities and provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue. Virginia ranks 8th in the nation for domestic travel spending. All data is from the U.S. Travel Association and is based on domestic visitor spending from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. The travel industry in the Commonwealth has continued to grow 10 years in a row with a compound annual growth rate of 3.9 percent since 2010. However, these figures do not account for the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on the tourism industry. “Tourism is a fundamental component of our community, and we rely on it to help maintain the health of our local economy,” says Spotsylvania County Administrator Ed Petrovitch. “While these latest numbers are encouraging, we aren’t taking them for granted and will continue aggressive recovery efforts to help lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism in Spotsylvania County.” The coronavirus pandemic put the Virginia travel and tourism industry in crisis, and imposed a devastating strain on Virginia’s hotels, restaurants, attractions, and communities. The pandemic caused decreased revenue and a reduced workforce, while some businesses have been forced to ...
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