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Governor Says Agritourism Is A $2.2 Billion Dollar Business In Virginia

Governor McAuliffe has announced new figures that show agritourism has become a $2.2 billion dollar business in Virginia, with everything from wine tasting to berry picking and farmer’s markets.

Pole Green Produce is ready, “We usually open this time of year and shoppers are coming back for more tomatoes and strawberries, snaps and stuff like that, cantaloupe.

But Caroline Logan, of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, says there is big tourism money here, “Agritourism is booming in Virginia and we’ve seen such a growth in the last few years farmers markets for sure, but just about anything you can do outside that touches the earth, has grown in the earth or has stood on the earth at some point.”

The benchmark study shows agritourism accounts for $2.2 billion dollars in economic activity, 22,000 jobs and $135 million in state and local taxes.