FRANKLIN CO. - Data released this week by the Virginia Tourism Corporation shows all regions in Virginia reported an increase in tourism revenue for 2015 over the year before, including Franklin County.
Total tourism revenue in Franklin County for 2015 totalled $105,262,670, an increase over 2014's totals by 2.8 percent. Local tourism jobs were up 3.2 percent with 1,281 persons working in the sector. Tourism-related taxes for the same year totalled $3,089,246, an increase of 6.2 percent over 2014.
Across the entire state of Virginia, $23 billion in travel spending was reported for 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
The local data is based on travelers within the U.S. who spend on trips taken 50 miles or more from where they live.
"With two lakes and two rivers, outdoor recreation and related scenery continues to be a draw," said Franklin Co. tourism development manager David Rotenizer.
"This is terrific news for our community. For five years, Franklin County has continued to witness postitive growth in tourism-related jobs and revenue," Rotenizer said, also noting that visitor spending has surged from $45.8 million in Franklin Co. in 1996 to the latest figure of $105.2 million in 2015.