Virginia Tourism reaches and exceeds pre-pandemic levels

In an email Shenandoah County Tourism announced that tourism has surpassed pre pandemic levels in their contributions to both the local and state economy.

Tourism expenditures reached over $130 million while local labor income reached $31 million supporting almost 1,150 jobs in Shenandoah County alone.

In addition, tourism supported over $5 million in local taxes at the county and town level.

In addition to that tourism in Shenandoah County added another $3.3 million in state taxes.

The Director of Tourism and Economic Development Jenna French explained in the email that it was exciting to see the industry bounce back above pre pandemic levels.

French noted that places like Shenandoah County were among the top destinations which helps fuel the local economy and small businesses as well.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced that travelers to Virginia spent $69 million a day in 2021 that is up from $48 million in 2020.

Virginia’s tourism revenues reached $25.2 billion in 2021making an 87 percent recovery from the 2019 pre pandemic spending.

Coastal Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Highlands were some of the top destinations and revenue generators for the state.

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