Overseas Visitors Spend Record Amount in Va. in 2012

Oct. 1, 2013

Spending by tourists from other countries in Virginia broke a record in 2012.

Governor Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that international tourist spending totaled $425 million last year. The previous record was $390 million set in 2011.

McDonnell says in a news release that tourists from Canada spent nearly $155 million in 2012, an increase of more than 4 percent.

“Once again, our tourism industry is moving full speed ahead, providing instant revenue and quality jobs for Virginians,” said Governor McDonnell.

The figures are based on economic data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, the Survey of International Air Travelers and Statistics Canada.

Revenue from domestic visitors totaled a record $21.2 billion, a 4 percent increase from the previous year.

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