Virginia tourism generated $19.2 billion in revenue in 2008

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Revenue from Virginia’s tourism industry rose slightly in 2008 despite the recession.

Tourism revenue increased 2.8 percent to $19.2 billion in 2008, according to annual economic impact data from the U.S. Travel Association. The industry supported 210,620 Virginia jobs and generated $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue during the year.

“Our industry is not immune to the tough economic times,  which have affected some localities and destinations harder than others,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corp. “We do believe that Virginia stands to benefit from the trend of travelers looking to take closer-in vacations.  Virginia’s location within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population makes the state even more appealing for budget-conscious visitors.”

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