Northern Virginia leads state’s tourism with 3 local counties topping the list

Nearly 40% of total tourism expenditures is spent in Northern Virginia.

In September, the Virginia Tourism Corporation released the latest economic impact numbers for the state’s tourism industry, and the Northern Virginia region is currently leading the commonwealth in visitor expenditures.

With nearly 40% of total tourism expenditures for Virginia, NoVA is responsible for $10.3 billion in total travel-related profits, and more than one of every three tourism dollars in Virginia is spent in the region.

This has resulted in 91,416 jobs and $644 million in local and state tax revenue, according to data released by the U.S. Travel Association.

The Virginia tourism industry generated a record $26 billion in visitor spending in 2018, which is a 4.4% increase over 2017.

Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties lead the way in the region’s tourism, with Arlington County ranked as the No. 1 Virginia locality visited in 2018, with a total of $3.4 billion in domestic travel spending. 

Fairfax County placed No. 2., with $3.3 billion and Loudoun County came in third with $1.8 billion. In total, Virginia ranked eighth in the nation in domestic travel spending. 

For more information, visit vatc.org.

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