Fairfax County’s domestic tourism sector generated $3.03 billion of spending among local visitors in 2016, up 3.4% year over year, according to data from the state government.
From different places that offer Mexican food in Springfield, VA to different wildlife parks, the data county’s domestic-tourism spending in the previous year allowed it to narrow the gap with Arlington County, which posted the recorded amount.
Domestic tourists spent $3.11 billion in Arlington in 2016. While this is higher than the recorded figure in Fairfax, the year-over-year growth rate in Arlington only reached 2%. This indicated that the tourism industry in Fairfax has tapered its gap from the leading county in Virginia.
Fairfax’s recorded spending among local tourists also fared significantly higher than Loudoun County, which ranked third with a 2.9% growth to $1.69 billion. Virginia Beach and Henrico County completed the top five regions in the state, up 6.2% to $1.49 billion and 3.2% to $880 million, respectively.
Across Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that tourism represents an important part of the state’s economy, as revenue amounted to $2.2 billion since 2014 based on a compound annual growth rate of 3.3%.
Economy and Jobs
The impact of a vibrant tourism sector in the state has provided jobs to 230,000 people. It also spurred $1.7 billion of state and local taxes, following more than 45 million domestic tourists that went to the state in 2016.
In Fairfax, the county’s domestic tourism provided $57.1 million in local tax receipts, up 5.5% and has supported 30,800 jobs. These numbers further proved that tourism is the fifth biggest private employer in the state, according to Todd Haymore, state secretary of commerce and trade.
There are many places to see in Virginia, particularly in Fairfax County. Every dollar you spend will support jobs and the economy. When do you plan to spend a vacation in the state?