-All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $23 billion-
Data released by the U.S. Travel Association reveals that Norfolk posted an increase in tourism revenue last year. Tourism revenue for Norfolk reached $764,712,066, a 2.7 percent change over 2014. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 7,137 while local tourism-related taxes were $23,918,711.
“Tourism was again an important contributor to Norfolk’s economy in 2015. The increase is largely attributed to VisitNorfolk’s notable efforts in promoting the city as a premier destination for both leisure and business travel,” said VisitNorfolk president & CEO Anthony J. DiFilippo
All data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) from U.S. Travel Association and is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.
"Having a strong tourism industry is vital to job creation and economic growth in Virginia," said Governor McAuliffe. "Travelers are coming to Virginia from across the country and the globe to experience our world-class restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, music festivals, oyster farms, beaches, mountains, and more. Our rich history, scenic beauty, vibrant arts, and burgeoning culinary scene make Virginia a destination like none other.”