This year, the focus of National Travel and Tourism Week is the significant impact the industry has on economies in local communities. In 2019, people visiting Virginia spent a total of $27 billion, supported 237,000 work opportunities and contributed $1.8 billion in state and local taxes. That’s according to Virginia is for Lovers.
Then in 2020, when the pandemic hit across the country, spending by domestic and international travelers declined by 40%.
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, there is now a surge in traveling as millions are vaccinated.