Travel and Tourism

Tourists visiting Virginia last year generated a record-setting $22-billion in revenue. That’s according to the latest state numbers, which also indicate that the tourism industry has become the fifth-largest private employer in the state.  State officials say the Commonwealth’s global exposure will soon grow even more.

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Governor McAuliffe has kicked off Business Appreciation Month with a dedication to some of Virginia's oldest businesses. He says during the month of May, he will make a series of economic development announcements that highlight his efforts to bring more jobs to the Commonwealth.

But one official explains that companies without the traditional "corporate” profile will also feature interesting events to look forward to throughout the rest of the year.

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In Blacksburg, Virginia the words, “game day” mean two things: Hokie football and traffic.  But a new economic impact study says that traffic brings 69-million dollars a year to the region. 

Coloring books are usually for kids, and they’re rarely considered art, but a Charlottesville man has published a coloring book for all ages, with black and white drawings that took at least forty hours to create. 

Bob Anderson is an architect who likes to build green.  He’s always considered himself a conservationist, and when his son decided to host a bachelor party in the Costa Rican rainforest, Anderson was delighted. 

The Corcovado National Park was remote, lush and teeming with beautiful birds and animals.

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You’ve heard of ‘Eco-Tourism’ where visitors go to learn about the local the ecology of a place.  Now there’s variation on that theme.  It’s "Agri-Tourism" and it’s a growing thing in Virginia. 

You might think the largest industry in Virginia is defense or some other government related sector, but in fact it’s Agriculture and third largest, tourism.  So it’s no surprise that the ‘Agritourism’ sector is growing.

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