Manassas has become the place to be for many tourists.
Tourism expenditures have increased in the City.
Manassas visitors spent about $71.1 million last year, a 4.5 increase from 2016, according to the 2017 state and local economic impact data.
The information was recently released by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Annual payroll was about $12.1 million, a 4.7 percent jump. Local tax receipts rose 2.7 percent to about $1.9 million.
In the Commonwealth, expenditures rose to $25 billion, which supported 230,000 and $5.9 million is wages.
Travel costs increased for all Virginia localities, according to a release.
Since 2010, travel expenditures has risen by 3.9 percent.
Tourism plays an important role in the City of Manassas, which is home to various historical sites, including Liberia House and Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Special events held year-round bring 300,000 visitors to the Historic Manassas area.
“Tourism is a vital part of our local economy and the City of Manassas places a strong emphasis on developing venues and special events to bring visitors into the community,” Economic Development Director Patrick Small wrote in an email to What’s Up Prince William. “Our Historic Downtown is a tremendous draw but there are many other restaurants, events and attractions throughout the City that cater to tourists.”
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