Alexandria Tourism Contributes Record $23.7 Million to City Coffers September 4, 2013
4% Increase in Visitor Spending Continues City's Growth Trend

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Visit Alexandria announced today that visitor spending in Alexandria in 2012 increased another 4 percent to $739 million. Tourism revenues here have now grown 26% since 2007, twice the statewide average.

That tourism growth also translated into an expanded tax base. Visitors last year generated a record $23.7 million in tax receipts for the City of Alexandria.

Tourism jobs are also on the rise. Last year, 6,158 Alexandrians were employed by tourism related businesses, up 1.5% from the prior year. And those jobs paid more with payroll rising 3.3%.

"I'm really proud of the city's partnership with the tourism community," said Visit Alexandria President & CEO Patricia Washington. "Their investment in tourism promotion is growing the tax base, generating revenue to pay for city services needed by citizens of Alexandria as it creates jobs and supports our small businesses, enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy."

The latest local tourism data comes from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.

City of Alexandria 2012 Tourism Revenues*

Expenditures: $738,747,068
Payroll: $122,092,456
Employment: 6,158
Local Tax Receipts: $ 23,748,472

% Change 2012/2011
Expenditures: 3.9%
Payroll: 3.3%
Employment: 1.5%
Local Tax Receipts: 2.7%

* Source: 2012 Economic Impact of Domestic Travel on Virginia and Localities, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Data is based on macroeconomic modeling and provides an estimate of receipts, not an accounting of actual taxes and receipts.

About Visit Alexandria
Visit Alexandria is a private nonprofit 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.