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Tourism Revenue Grew
in Charlottesville and Albemarle County in 2013
All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue
while Virginia topped $21 billion

Charlottesville, Virginia - September 9, 2014 - Tourism was again an important contributor to the local economy in 2013. Tourism revenue for Charlottesville and Albemarle County reached $523.7 million, a 4.3% percent increase over 2012. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 5,218 while local tourism-related taxes were $17.7 million.  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 per person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.

Data released by the United States Travel Association (U.S. Travel Association) reveals that every locality in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year.

According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia generated $21.5 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 213,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and provided $842 million in state taxes and $581 million in local taxes.

Quote from local official

"Tourism plays a key role in our economic development and growth in the Commonwealth, providing valuable jobs for citizens and stimulating business of all sizes," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "During my administration, I have made tourism a fundamental part of my economic development initiatives. The data released today shows once again that tourism provides a tremendous return on investment, and continues to provide jobs-213,000 of them-to the citizens of Virginia."

"Tourism is an instant revenue generator for the Commonwealth. 2014 was a banner year for travel and hospitality in Virginia, and we were pleased to see such continued improvement in our tourism economy," said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of VTC. "Tourism is a driving force of Virginia's economy--it creates jobs, generates economic impact, and benefits businesses and communities across the state. We are fortunate to have a governor and members of the General Assembly who recognize the importance of investing in an industry that continues to grow and strengthen our economy."

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is the state agency responsible for marketing Virginia to visitors and promoting the Virginia is for Lovers brand. Virginia is for Lovers is the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country. Virginia is for Lovers stands for love, pure and simple, and promotes the state as the ideal destination for loved ones to completely connect on a great vacation. Virginia is for Lovers was named one of the top 10 tourism marketing campaigns of all time by Forbes and was inducted into the National Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009.


The Virginia Tourism Corporation receives its annual economic impact data from the U.S. Travel Association.  The information is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per-person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. Detailed economic impact data by locality is available on under Research.



About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB)
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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