A record $26 billion was generated by Virginia’s tourism industry in 2018 in tourist spending. Out of these $26 billion, $10.3 billion were spent in Northern Virginia. All five Northern Virginia counties rank among the top 10 in the commonwealth for tourism. Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Loudon County All five Northern Virginia counties rank among the top 10 in the commonwealth for tourism.
According to wtop.com, “Each county has its own tourism marketing offices. But they also pull together to market the region through the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership, which includes marketing organizations from Alexandria and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William. Tourism accounted for more than 91,400 jobs in Northern Virginia in 2018.”
Emily Cassell, president of the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership, said, “Each of our destinations has its own truly unique array of visitor experiences, from iconic attractions to hotels, shopping, culinary adventures, arts, recreation and more. Promoting Northern Virginia together as a region helps visitors fully experience the area’s great offerings and is an even bigger win for us and for the commonwealth.”
As per wtop.com, “Among the newest additions to tourist attractions in Northern Virginia will be the Tall Ship Providence, a replica of an 18th-century ship, that opens to the public in Old Town Alexandria this fall, and the National Museum of the United States Army, which opens on the public grounds of Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County in June 2020. Tourism is the fifth-largest employer in Virginia, supporting 234,000 jobs statewide, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. Domestic tourists spend roughly $71 million a day in Virginia.”