D.C. Tourism Industry Increased In 2010 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Tourism Industry Increased In 2010

Play associated audio
The Cherry Blossom Festival and D.C.'s monuments are two of the draws for tourists every year. The city is reporting that 15.5 million people visited the District last year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2375124085
The Cherry Blossom Festival and D.C.'s monuments are two of the draws for tourists every year. The city is reporting that 15.5 million people visited the District last year.

More than 15.5 million Americans visited the District last year, providing an important boost to the local economy. The number is a 5 percent increase over the 2009 tourism numbers, according to a report in the Washington Business Journal.

While the crowds on the National Mall and the long lines at Metro stations can sometimes irk long-time Washingtonians, there's no denying the importance of tourism for city coffers.

More than half of the sales tax generated by the city comes out of the wallets of tourists. Data released by the D.C. government Tuesday shows that visitor spending increased more than 8 percent last year to $5.7 billion.

That will mean about $623 million in additional tax dollars for D.C., notes the WBJ article.

"I had that $5.7 billion statistic in mind every time I went to the [U.S. House] Rules Committee or the House floor to prevent a shutdown of the government," said D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton at a press conference.

In terms of jobs, statistics from last year show the travel and tourism industry supports more than 70,000 jobs, second only to the federal government.

NPR

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
NPR

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
WAMU 88.5

Activists Protest Federal Minimum Wage, Saying Increase Doesn't Cut It

Protestors gathered outside Union Station to protest what they consider a paltry federal minimum-wage hike.
NPR

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.