Tourism was responsible for $195.8 million in spending in the City of Fredericksburg last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC).
That was up 4.9 percent from 2017, and has grown about 25 percent in the past five years. This travel spending in Fredericksburg in 2018 was also responsible for $36.4 million of payroll, 1,709 jobs and $7.6 million in local tax receipts, according to the data.
All data were received by the VTC from the U.S. Travel Association and are based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. The data show that these travelers spent $26 billion in Virginia last year.
“Virginia’s tourism industry had a banner year in 2018, hitting new records and making important impacts on our communities across the Commonwealth,” VTC President and CEO Rita McClenny said in a news release. Here is a video the VTC released about the data: