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Advocacy Talking Points
- In 2016, Virginia Beach’s tourism industry produced $1.49 billion in total economic impact to the city.1
- Tourism-related spending generated $132.1 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.2
- Every $109,000 spent by travelers supports one job in Virginia Beach.3
- In 2016, there are 13,650 employed in Virginia Beach thanks to the tourism industry. 4
- In fact, two out of every five workers who start their careers in the travel industry go on to make more than $100,000 a year. 5
- Since 2010, visitor spending has increased by more than $360 million, and a record-breaking number of tourists have visited Virginia Beach bringing more government revenue, more jobs and more opportunities for small businesses and local communities. 6
Negative Impacts of Reductions
- A 5% decline in tourism economy will result in decline of $74.7 million in visitor expenditures7, $6.6 million local and state taxes8, 680 in employment9 and $13.9 million in payroll10.
1 2 4 5 Source: US Travel Association
3 Tourism expenditures ($1,493,988,762) provided by US Travel Association divided by tourism employment (13,650) provided by US Travel Association.
6 The difference between 2010 tourism expenditures ($1,129,959,737) and 2016 tourism expenditures ($1,493,988,762). Both numbers provided by US Travel Association.
7 Tourism expenditures ($1,493,988,762) multiplied by 5%. Expenditures provided by US Travel Association.
8 Local and state tax receipts ($132,078,940) multiplied by 5%. Tax receipts provided by US Travel Association.
9 Employment (13,650) multiplied by 5%. Employment provided by US Travel Association.
10 Payroll ($277,939,324) multiplied by 5%. Payroll provided by US Travel Association.