It's the Economy!

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

October 12, 2007

Charlottesville has always been a hot spot for tourism. The city is touted as the best place in which to live.

But, there's another growing allure to central Virginia: the outskirts of city proper.

From the picturesque views, to the vineyards and the bed and breakfasts, central Virginia's vast countryside has something for everyone.

"We have everything here. We've got culture. We've got arts. We've got lodging. You know, we've got the winearies. We've got the Shanendoah National Park," said Jay Crawford, the Director of Communications at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

They also have a plan to keep business so vibrant: keeping tourists in the area.

"There is a little bit of every bed and breakfast in our house from the coffee at your door in the morning that I got once that left a great impression on me," said Marty Tourville. He and his wife Victoria are the innkeepers of the Inn on Poplar Hill in Orange, VA.

While guests spend more time they are also spending more money.

According to the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, tourists spend 400 million dollars each year.

"The number of people employed in the tourism industry is more than 7,000," said Crawford.

As the fall season rounds the bend so will an influx of tourists.
Local innkeepers and wineary owners will open their doors and vineyards to the business.

"We are going to have a great fall this year. We're already booked for quite a number of weekends through November, and we still have some rooms available," said Tourville.

If you would like to read more about the tourism industry in central Virginia pick up the Chamber's Quarterly Report. They are available in the office downtown and are free for the taking.

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