Published on : Monday, October 16, 2017
Virginia Tourism Corporation has collected a data regarding the scope of economy generation in the Peninsula area which reveals as tourism will create the jobs and revenue earning in the economy. It is because the greater Peninsula, along with Gloucester, Mathews and Isle of Wight has added an estimated 423 tourism-related jobs from 2015 to 2016.
The employment of Greater Peninsula grew by 1,567 jobs since 2012 with 18,683 tourism jobs in 2016. The majority of 53 percent, of these tourism-related jobs are in Williamsburg and James City County. There are another 29 percent of tourism industries jobs are in Newport News and Hampton and 11 percent are in York.
The President and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, Karen Riordan viewed that almost everyone who lives in the Peninsula region is directly benefiting from the tourism sector.
The jobs are one of the most important ways in the tourism which affects the local economy, with the travel industry being the fifth-largest employer in Virginia.
The major employers include Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg, among a host of others.
The food service sector provides most of these tourism-related jobs while entertainment, recreation, lodging or hotels and retail all add to the jobs numbers.
According to the data revealed by Virgina Tourism, the payroll from tourism-related jobs in and around the Peninsula region of the Virginia has increased around 5.1 percent to $377 million from 2015 to 2016.
These numbers are estimates, and the U.S. Travel Association conducted the research for Virginia Tourism with its economic model by using sales and tax receipts, employment and wage data and attraction attendances.
Virginia Tourism Corporation in USA is a state agency focused on tourism marketing. The state is pushing the new breweries and distilleries as a major reason for tourism growth. In 2016, Tradition Brewing opened in Oyster Point, Oozlefinch Craft Brewery opened at Fort Monroe, Bull Island Brewing opened along the downtown Hampton waterfront and Ironclad Distillery began releasing its bourbon.
The Virginia Beer Company and Copper Fox Distillery opened in the Williamsburg area in 2016 while Silver Hand Meadery and 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery came on the scene there in late 2015. The hotels of Newport News have had overnight guests who have come in from both out of town and out of state to visit a local brewery or distillery.
The Tradition Brewing shares its activity lineup with local hotels and word is getting out that the brewery has event space to host reunions, corporate events and parties, said Jen Barnes, 37, event and marketing coordinator.
The tradition partner Zack Wittkamp said the brewery has added around 20 jobs since opening in June last year. The employees are seen as ambassadors not only for the craft industry but also for Newport News.