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Eastern Shore Tourism Up 25% Since 2010 - Click here to print this information

By Wesley Edwards

Ms. Kerry Allison Director of the Eastern Shore Tourism Commission presented her annual report to the Accomack County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night. She said that Virginia is the 2nd fastest growing tourism region in the United States and that visitors paid $7 million in local taxes.

The report said that tourism jobs between 2010 and 2015 were up 12%, that tourism spending since 2010 was up 25%.

Allison reported that travel guide views online were up 998%, that website visits to the Eastern Shore Tourism site were up 963% and that the Facebook likes were up 2,597%. She explained that most of these are due to the age demographic shifting from 55+ down to 25- 44-year-olds who use electronic communication more.

Allison also said that regionalized tourism like coastal Virginia, oyster and artisan trails, fall oyster/culinary marketing, regional economic development, and regional bus tours are all important things that tourists look for. She stated that visits to Tangier island was one of the most frequently hit websites.

Ms. Allison then thanked the Board for their support with Supervisor Grayson Chesser singing her praises as a straight shooter with no fluff.

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