Nearly 22 Million People Visited D.C. Last Year

May 8, 2019

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About 22 million people visited the District in 2018, marking the ninth consecutive year the number of visitors has increased.

Visitors spent about $7.8 billion in the city, and the tourism growth helped support 76,522 jobs throughout D.C., according to Destination DC.

“The continued growth of our city’s tourism industry reflects the overall strength and success of Washington, DC,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser in a statement. “From sporting events to restaurants to music venues and museums, we have more to do and see in our city than ever before. We’re proud to welcome people from around the world – to show them the city that is home to more than 700,000 Washingtonians, to create jobs and opportunity for our local businesses, and to share the history and culture that has made DC the best city in the world.”

Destination DC President and CEO Elliott L. Ferguson II said the growth is valuable for the city’s “Discover the Real DC” campaign, which encourages visitors to explore some of D.C.’s lesser-known attractions.

“An additional 1.1 million domestic visitors to DC year-over-year is a big deal for the city,” said Ferguson in a statement. “As we market the city through our ‘Discover the Real DC campaign,’ we continue to show potential visitors that there’s so much more to see and do in Washington, DC beyond the federal government and build on our momentum that’s sustaining visitation to the city.”

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