Prince William County offers many unique businesses.
Breweries, restaurants, historic sites and event venues are drawing numerous tourists to the area.
This has impacted the county’s “visitor economy,” which increased last year, according to a release.
It has ranked ninth out of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities for costs relating to tourism, according to the U.S. Travel Association and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
“Prince William County welcomes millions of visitors annually to popular attractions such as the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Potomac Mills, Jiffy Lube Live, Leesylvania State Park, and many others that benefit the $592 million robust visitor economy,” County Tourism Director Ann Marie Maher said in a release.
Visitors are also attracted to new organizations and spaces that are making Prince William County their home.
“With the recent announcement of the USTA Mid-Atlantic headquarters, the opening of Farm Brew Live at Innovation Park, and continued private investment in multiple new hotels, wedding, event, and craft beverage venues, among other attractions, the destination continues to evolve and encourage reasons to visit and stay in Prince William County,” Maher said.
Several other businesses have recently opened in Prince William County, such as Cabela’s and Club Eclipse in Gainesville.
Even more are on their way.
Cedar Run Brewery in Nokesville, and Sweeney Barn, an event venue in Manassas, are expected to open next year.
In 2017, tourism resulted in $592 million in travel costs, a 3.7 percent rise from 2016, and supported nearly 6,600 jobs.
The Commonwealth, overall, is also being impacted by tourism.
Virginia visitors spent $25 billion in travel and provided support to 232,000 jobs.
“Virginia’s tourism industry is an important diversifier for our economy as it continues to grow and flou
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