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Tourism spending up locally in 2011

Americans traveling into the Fredericksburg region spent about $594 million locally in 2011, a 6.8 percent increase over the year before.

That’s according to Virginia Tourism Corp. data released earlier this month. The data are based on direct spending by domestic travelers on items including meals, lodging, public transportation, auto transportation, shopping, admissions and entertainment.

The most money, about $229 million, was spent locally in Spotsylvania County, followed by Fredericksburg ($153 million), Stafford County ($110 million), Caroline County ($82 million) and King George County ($19 million).

The travel industry provided about 6,250 jobs in the Fredericksburg region last year and created about $16 million in local tax revenue.

Tourism was a $20.4 billion industry in Virginia last year, up 8 percent over 2010. Every Virginia locality had year-over-year gains in travel-related expenditures.

—Bill Freehling