On tourism spending, Fairfax constricted the gap with Arlington

Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fairfax CountyAs per the new data, Fairfax County once more played the bridesmaid to Arlington’s bride in terms of domestic-tourism spending last year. However, from 2015 onward, the gap between the two jurisdictions had started narrowing down.

Last year, Fairfax County profited from $3.03 billion spending amongst domestic tourists, which is tantamount to an increase of 3.4 percent from 2015, as per the figures pointed out by the state government.

Fairfax stayed one step after Arlington, which witnessed tourism spending of $3.11 billion for the year. Nevertheless the growth rate of Fairfax was pretty high than that of Arlington, with 2-percent respectively.

Loudoun County published a growth of 2.9 percent to $1.69 billion in order to keep hold of the third place among Virginia’s 133 cities and counties. The top five include Virginia Beach, up 6.2 percent to $1.49 billion, and Henrico County, up 3.2 percent to $880 million.

The jurisdictions of those five accounted for a whopping 43 percent of domestic-tourism spending in the commonwealth at that time of the year. Statistics were collected by the U.S. Travel Association for the Virginia Tourism Corp.

“Virginia’s tourism industry is a critical component of the new Virginia economy, providing jobs for our citizens and funneling millions of dollars back into our community,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a statement accompanying the data.


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