Alexandria Hotels Celebrated at ACVA Summer Social June 20, 2011

Alexandria Hotels Celebrated at ACVA Summer Social

Alexandria, VA (June 20, 2011) - The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association celebrated Alexandria's hotel industry and its contributions to the quality of life in Alexandria at the annual ACVA Summer Social on June 16, 2011. The hotel industry is one of Alexandria's biggest employers and generates $22 million in tax revenue for the City, including property taxes.
"Overnight guests drive Alexandria's tourism economy," said ACVA President & CEO Stephanie Pace Brown in her welcoming remarks. "In the last 12 months, more than 1.1 million room nights were sold in the city - that's up nearly 3 percent compared to the previous 12 months. And that has generated citywide room revenue totaling nearly $170 million.

"On average an Alexandria hotel contributes $1 million in City taxes each year - adding to the high quality of services enjoyed by the citizens of this great city," she continued. "Overnight guests shop, dine and celebrate - benefiting our businesses with a total $616 million of visitor spending annually."

Charles Banta, President of the Alexandria Hotel Association and General Manager for the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center said, "I am pleased to see that Alexandria's collection of hotel properties continue to grow - and continues to pump money into Alexandria's economy. Since 2007, the private sector has invested more than $400 million in Alexandria hotels, which now has more than 5,000 rooms."

Banta's remarks highlighted the $14 million renovation already underway at the Hilton Mark Center, which is where the event was held. Guests enjoyed a Dixieland band and Louisiana style food and cocktails.

About the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association is a public-private membership organization whose mission is to generate tourism and conventions that increase revenues and promote the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and its assets. Tourism contributes both to the economic health of the City and quality of life for its residents.