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Culpeper Continues to Draw Visitors

People who visit Culpeper are usually very impressed by the shops, restaurants, friendly people and surrounding countryside. It’s no surprise, then, that the U.S. Travel Association reported that Culpeper tourism increased 5.1 percent last year.

In an article for the Culpeper Times, Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the Town of Culpeper, said:

“Visitors to Culpeper are drawn to our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts. Culpeper’s history and heritage continue to attract people from across the country, and our growing agritourism industry delivers authentic local experiences.  Culpeper continues to grow as a destination, and the numbers prove this.”

The state has actually put forth a big effort to promote Virginia as a tourist destination. According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia in 2016 generated $24 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 230,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.

I can personally attest to the draw of beauty of our area, including the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains, Warm Springs and other natural resources.

 

Culpeper tourism topped $38 million in 2015

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-6-03-02-pmThe Free Lance-Star reports:

Culpeper continues to attract visitors with its vibrant downtown, natural vistas and historic resources.

Local tourism generated $38.2 million last year, a nearly 3 percent increase over 2014, according to the Culpeper Department of Tourism, compared to a 2.4 percent increase statewide. Director Paige Read said visits to Culpeper in that same time period also increased.

“Our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts combined with our surrounding agri-tourism and rich history continue to draw people seeking an authentic, local experience,” she said.

Local tourism-supported jobs employed 390 people while local tourism-related taxes were $874,048, according to Read, citing Virginia Tourism Corporation data from the U.S. Travel Association based on Americans taking trips at least 50 miles from home.