Virginia Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast, hosting nearly 6 million overnight visitors and 7.2 million day visitors annually. In fact, the City accounts for 43 percent of travel-related spending in Hampton Roads.
Tourism is an important contributor to Virginia Beach’s local economy. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 12,568 while local and state tourism-related taxes derived from activity in Virginia Beach were $115 million. Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that direct travel-related expenditures for Virginia Beach in 2014 reached $1.37 billion.
Even outside of the typical June-August tourism season, Virginia Beach hotels maintain a 63 percent occupancy rate, making Virginia Beach a year-round destination. Visitors are attracted to Virginia Beach for many reasons, not just our three world-class beaches. Sports events are a major draw, as is the 516,000 square foot Virginia Beach Convention Center and the numerous major attractions throughout the Virginia Beach MSA.
For more information, contact the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitvirginiabeach.com or (757) 385-2000.
2014 Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Report
2014 Economic Impact of Tourism