-Statewide visitor spending reached $25.2 billion-
CULPEPER, VA – Tourism revenue for Culpeper, Virginia reached $68.8 million in 2021, a 32.8 percent increase over 2020. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 650 while local tourism-related taxes were $2,916,623.
According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), tourism in Virginia generated $25 billion in visitor spending in 2021, marking an 87% recovery to pre-pandemic spending in 2019. The tourism industry also supported 185,255 jobs for Virginia communities and provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue. All data is from Tourism Economics and is based on domestic visitor spending from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.
80 of Virginia’s 133 localities fully recovered to 2019 levels of spending and many grew even further. Specifically, Coastal Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, and the Blue Ridge Highlands regions contributed most significantly to the overall recovery in the Commonwealth.
“Culpeper continues to prove it is a resilient community. The local businesses here have a strong sense of place and purpose, which has been one of the main driving forces behind the increase in visitor spending and recovery efforts here” offers Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development. “I can proudly say Culpeper is one of the 80 localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that has now exceeded the 2019 levels of spending and expect those numbers to continue to grow as we recover from the pandemic.”
“Tourism has seen an incredible comeback thanks to the hardworking leaders in the travel and tourism industry across Virginia,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “As travelers continue to visit communities across the state, Virginia is on pace to restore the tourism industry into the vibrant and highly performing economic engine it always has been. We look forward to an even stronger recovery in 2022.”
While the coronavirus has had a significant impact on Virginia’s tourism economy over the last several years, the industry remains hopeful as the upward trend in travel continues to grow as we recover. As Americans have begun to travel again, Culpeper intends to continue to help restore the tourism economy into the economic engine it always has been.
About the Culpeper Department of Tourism & Economic Development
The Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is responsible for promoting the Culpeper community as an attractive travel destination, enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live, work, and vacation. Their office also strives to enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Culpeper residents, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities.
About Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most iconic and recognizable travel brands in the world. Using that powerful brand equity, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is charged with promoting the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination by showcasing all there is to love in a Virginia vacation. The dollars spent by travelers fuel the economy, provide jobs for Virginians, and improve communities across the state. Simply put, tourism helps make Virginia a great place to live, work, and visit. Learn more at virginia.org.
** Virginia Tourism partnered with Tourism Economics for its 2021 Annual Economic Impact study.
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