Tourism accounts for 23.7 Billion Dollars spent in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This includes direct travel expenses, state and local taxes, and 229 thousand jobs with $5.6 Billion in salaries. In Hampton Roads Tourism accounts for nearly $5 billion in direct travel expenditures, state and local tax revenue and 47,315 jobs bringing in in $1 in salaries.*
As a powerful economic partner, the Hampton Roads Chamber is excited to collaborate with the Virginia Beach Hotel Association and the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association for the Coastal Virginia Hospitality Expo on February 1, 2018.
Tourism and Hospitality is a pillar of our economy in this region. As an impactful advocate, the Hampton Roads Chamber helps to promote legislation that benefits this industry and fuels our local economy.
Diana Burke, Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Hotel Association, wrote in a letter to City Council “We are pleased to participate in the health and vitality of the city. The Tourism investment program is used to spur on venue development, which is key to remaining competitive in an ever-changing market, while reserving general fund dollars for other vital initiatives! Being a cheerleader for the tourism industry is a must as it generates necessary funds to support other vital programs throughout the city (i.e., schools, police, etc…). In fact, $4.9 million in FY16 and FY17 went to the Virginia Beach Schools from Tourism Tax Revenue.”
Hampton Roads Chamber President & CEO Bryan Stephens will moderate the opening panel on Tourism. The distinguished panel includes Bruce Thompson, CEO of Gold Key PHR, Barry DuVal, President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and Mitchell Reiss CEO of the Williamsburg Foundation. The luncheon speaker is Duane Cummings, CEO of Leadercast.
The event includes a vendor expo, cake decorating contest, culinary discussion panel, silent auction and a chef’s chopped contest.
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*Statistics from 2017 Virginia Beach State of Tourism Report