Virginia Tourism Corporation has released data on the 2015 domestic travel economic impact on Virginia and its localities. The report includes estimates for travel expenditures, travel-generated employment and payroll income, as well as tax revenues for federal, state and local government.
In 2015, domestic travelers spent nearly $956 million while traveling within the Central Shenandoah Planning District, a 1.2% increase over the previous year. All counties and cities in the Planning District posted an increase. The County of Bath received the greatest expenditures by domestic travelers, totaling over $260 million. Rockingham County posted the greatest increase, up 3.1% from 2014.
Travel-related employment within the CSPDC also rose in 2015, a 1.8% increase to 8,317. Rockingham County posted the highest direct travel-related employment at 2,002 and was also the locality with the greatest increase, up 3.6% from the previous year. The full 2015 Economic Impact of Travel on Virginia report is available at the VTC website.