Richmond attractions gain national attention | News
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- The Capitol City is being recognized for many of its historic attractions. An article in USA Today listed 11 reasons to visit Richmond.
They include the James River, Monument Avenue, the many festivals and the parks.
Staff at the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau say they're not surprised. They say attendance to many attractions has gone up 20 percent.
"We're a really affordably destination," said Spokesperson, Erin Bagnell. "The Richmond area is authentic and it's accessible."
The metro area brings in nearly $6 million from tourism each year.
"I love kayaking and just getting out in the nature," said Jim Kelly. "It's just so great there's something like that right in through the middle of our town."
Other attractions that didn't make the top 11, but were close include: The Strawberry Hill races, races at RIR and the CAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
According to the RMCVB, visitors spend roughly $5.75 million a year. Visits to attractions have gone up roughly 20 percent. One reason is Richmond's proximity to I-95 and I-64.
For the full USA Today article, click here.
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