State tourism numbers are in

Governor Glen Younkin and Virginia Tourism Corporation announced that Virginia’s tourism industry generated $30.3 billion in visitor spending last year. That’s an increase of 20.3% from 2021, exceeding 2019 levels by 4.4%. The tourism industry in Virginia directly supported more than 210,000. Jobs last year, an increase of more than 25,000 jobs relative to 2021, but still down about 30,000 jobs relative to 2019. Travelers spent $83 million per day in Virginia, up from $69 million in 2021. Virginia visitors directly drove nearly $2.2 billion in state. And local tax revenues and increase of 19.1% from $1.8 billion in 2021. Overnight visitation of Virginia increased by 10% to 42.2 million visitors, up from 38.3 million in 2020.