Virginia Beach Tourism Revenue Reached $1.4 Billion in 2015

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

​Data recently released by the U.S. Travel Association shows tourism revenue for Virginia Beach reached $1.4 billion in 2015, a 2.4 percent increase over 2014. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 12,924 while local tourism-related taxes reached $54,930,151. U.S. Travel also reported an increase in revenue for all regions in Virginia, generating $23 billion in travel spending in 2015. Similarly, tourism supported 223,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes.*

The increase is largely attributed to Virginia's authentic, local travel experiences, diversity of tourism product, and the notable efforts of the destination marketing organizations and their leadership.

"The unique experiences offered in Virginia Beach entices visitors to return year after year," said Brad Van Dommelen, director of the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. "As we strive toward being recognized as a desirable year round coastal city, our travel and tourism growth continues to generate a significant economic impact for our community and enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Virginia Beach."

"Having a strong tourism industry is vital to job creation and economic growth in Virginia," said Governor Terry 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. It's easy to see why travelers are eager to discover why Virginia is for Lovers."

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.visitvirginiabeach.com)
Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to "Live the Life." Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia's most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VisitVaBch, Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitvabeach, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitVaBeach and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.

*All reported data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corporation 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. Detailed economic impact data by locality is available on www.vatc.org under Research.

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