Increase in Shenandoah County tourism boosts economy and job growth

Shenandoah County saw an increase in tourism revenue during 2022, according to a recent release from the Tourism and Development Department.

Tourism spending reached over $138 million dollars and supported 1,245 jobs.

The spending represented a 6.3% increase from the previous year.

Tourism also supported over $5.5 million in local taxes in addition to another $3.6 million in state taxes.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation found that Virginia generated $30.3 billion in visitor spending in 2022, an increase of over 20% from 2021 and exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 4.4%.

Jenna French, Director of Tourism and Economic Development said, “Tourism continues to be a vital part of economic growth for Shenandoah County. The continued increase in visitation to our area year over year has helped support the growth of many small businesses throughout our communities adding vibrancy to the County and enhancing the quality of life for local residents as well.”

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Tourism Tuesday Shenandoah County: SO Many Things To Do

We recorded our conversation for Tourism Tuesday – Shenandoah County edition – with Kary Haun from Shenandoah County Tourism at Nancy’s Coffee Bar in Strasburg.

Kary filled us in on the new events brochure that will feature events across Shenandoah County throughout 2022. She gave us some insight into the Five Things Friday posts that will begin this week and highlight 250 things to do in Shenandoah County in celebration of their 250th year.

Plus, we talked about skiing at Bryce, Cupid’s Market in Strasburg and a Beginner Beekeeping Class hosted by Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation.

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You can get more information about Shenandoah County’s 250th Celebration on their website: and follow them on Facebook.

SCT and ED receive a $20 K grant

Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development received a recovery and marketing grant of $20,000.

The grant is the largest awarded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).

The funds are to help in the recovery of the losses the industry suffered last year.

The funds will help digital and marketing campaigns and help create monthly blogs.

Some funds will also go towards Shenandoah County’s 250 commemorative in Jan. 2022.

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