Prince William saw the highest growth in tourism dollars in the Northern Virginia area.
According to the tourism arm of Prince William County, Discover Prince William & Manassas, in 2016 the county saw the largest growth year over year in Northern Virginia, compared to the City of Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties.
“The amount of growth in tourism dependent business development over the past several years is unprecedented. With the construction of several new hotels, local craft beverage and dining developments, and the ongoing investment into new entertainment, shopping and sports tourism venues – the destination continues to grow as a place to visit and stay for domestic and international visitors and these types of investments add to the overall quality of life for residents and businesses in Prince William County,” stated Discover Prince William President and CEO Ann Marie Maher in a release.
Research conducted by the U.S. Travel Association and the Virginia Tourism Corporation found that Prince William generated $570 million in travel related expenses – a 5.4% increase from 2015 to 2016. The data also showed that the tourism dollars were able to support 6,522 jobs.
“Visitor related tax receipts in the County provided over $34 million dollars in both local and state receipts that support schools, roads, infrastructure and other services. Tourism in Prince William County provides an average state and local tax savings of over $251 for each Prince William County household,” stated a release.
Across the state, tourism revenue has grown by $2.2 billion since 2014.
“Virginia’s tourism industry is a critical component of the new Virginia economy, providing jobs for our citizens and funneling millions of dollars back into our communities,” stated Governor Terry McAuliffe in a release.