- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tourists visiting the District spent $6.2 billion last year, up from 2011 and the seventh year in a row the city has surpassed $5.5 billion, officials said.

Officials with Destination DC, the city’s tourism bureau, announced Tuesday that visitors last year spent $6.2 billion, up from $6 billion in 2011.

Standing on the second floor of the Newseum, one the District’s dozens of museums and tourist attractions, Destination DC President Elliott L. Ferguson said he was “encouraged by this growth” because it “translates into a stronger local economy and job market.”

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton also touted the District’s strong rally last year.

“Every visitor to the District of Columbia plays a vital role in sustaining our local economy since they stay in our hotels, done at our restaurants, visit our attractions and shop in our stores,” Mr. Gray said. “It’s important that we continue to invest in tourism and keep DC at the forefront of the consumer’s mind.”

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