- Arlington visitors spent nearly $3 billion in 2014, generating close to $81 million in tax revenues for community
- Travel spending up 4.9% over 2013
- Record spending in County comprises 13 percent of Commonwealth’s $22.4 billion total
- Destination marketing and business collaboration resulting in increased awareness of Arlington among meeting planners and travelers
Data released today by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that tourism in Arlington generated $2.97 billion in local travel spending in 2014, an increase of 4.9 percent over 2013. Tourism also supported 24,750 jobs in the County and generated $80.7 million in local tax receipts benefiting the community. Arlington visitor spending accounted for 13 percent of Virginia’s $22.4 billion total, and resulted in $107.8 million in tax receipts for the Commonwealth.
USTA largely attributes statewide increases to Virginia’s authentic, local travel experiences and surging culinary scene. All data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) from USTA and is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.
“Congratulations to all who work in Arlington’s outstanding hospitality community,” said Victor Hoskins, director of Arlington Economic Development. “These record numbers are a testament to the excellent quality and value of Arlington’s travel and tourism offerings, and the strong collaboration between the County and local businesses in promoting our destination both domestically and internationally.”
“These new figures illustrate the importance of investing in tourism, an industry which is helping to build a new Virginia economy, creating solid, good-paying jobs for our residents,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.
“Tourism is one of the five largest industries in Virginia, generating economic growth in all regions of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Today’s news is excellent. What is even better is we have more opportunities for prosperity in this strategic sector. With continuing teamwork among state, local and private sector partners, we will capture to the fullest the benefits of our tremendous tourism assets.”
Read the governor’s press release. Detailed economic impact data by Virginia locality is available on the Virginia Tourism Corporation website. For more information on Arlington tourism, visit www.stayarlington.com.
The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS) is the official destination marketing organization for Arlington, Va. A division within Arlington Economic Development, ACVS promotes Arlington’s overall destination experience – encompassing hotels, restaurants, stores, attractions, transportation, cultural amenities and more – to meeting planners, business travelers, vacationers and media. Grounded in research and best practices, the award-winning organization focuses on targeted advertising & promotion, public relations, meeting & convention sales, and visitor services to influence travelers to stay, shop, dine and play in Arlington when visiting the Washington, D.C., area. Arlington has been Virginia’s top county for tourism economic impact since 2009.