Virginia tourism increased over 20% in 2022

Virginia saw a 20.3% increase in tourism in 2022 according to an announcement from Governor Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Total visitor spending generated $30.3 billion and directly supported over 210,000 jobs.

Travelers on average spent $83 million per day in the Commonwealth which directly drove nearly $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues for the year.

The leading tourism sectors are recreation and food and beverage which exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 10%.

Transportation, especially air travel, had a slower recovery but the fastest growth in 2022.

One reason for the growth includes the use of marketing dollars distributed through the American Rescue Plan Act which helped Virginia reach roughly 15 million more households in 2022 than 2021. 

For a detailed look at Virginia’s economic impact data, click here.

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