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Record Number Of Tourists Visited D.C. In 2012

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Statistics released by the tourism bureau Destination D.C. show a record 18.9 million tourists visited the nation's capital last year, about a million more than the year before. The study shows that most of those tourists were from the U.S., and about two million were international visitors.

Tourism bureau officials say they're encouraged by the growth, saying it translates into a stronger local economy and job market. The new numbers show visitor spending also increased to an estimated $6.2 billion in 2012. Destination D.C. says that more than half of the city's sales tax revenue is generated by visitor spending.

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