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Visit Alexandria Highlights Economic Recovery and Record Tax Revenue at Annual Meeting

October 4, 2022


Rebecca Doser, [email protected] or 703-652-5363
Claire Mouledoux, [email protected] or 703-652-5367

Visit Alexandria Highlights Economic Recovery and Record Tax Revenue at Annual Meeting

New Ad Campaign Expands Marketing Across Neighborhoods

Alexandria, VA—At Visit Alexandria’s Annual Meeting on October 3, 2022, the tourism organization reported on the City’s record consumption tax revenue and the influence of expanded marketing on Alexandria’s economic recovery. Visit Alexandria also unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at increasing the benefit of visitor spending across the city’s neighborhoods.

Economic Recovery

With added support from the City of Alexandria’s American Rescue Plan funding, Visit Alexandria was able to increase its marketing buy this year, capitalizing on pent-up travel demand. The increased investment appears to have paid off, as the City set a new record of $76 million in consumption tax revenues.

Alexandria relies on consumption tax revenues to support core City services and minimize the tax rate for residents. In Fiscal Year 2022, those receipts rebounded from $59 million to a record $76 million. With an estimated 71% of these revenues coming from non-residents, based on analysis of credit card data, visitors saved the average Alexandria household over $750 per year in taxes. Lodging tax revenue collected in Alexandria in Fiscal Year 2022 more than doubled over the previous year but still trails pre-pandemic levels. Virginia Tourism Corporation reports that visitors from more than 50 miles away generated $612 million in direct spending in calendar year 2021 which was up 38% over the prior year.

Visit Alexandria also credited the successes of Fiscal Year 2022 to Alexandria’s community evolution, embodied in partnerships and innovation that make the City more vibrant, welcoming and cohesive: The evolution of the waterfront, the new pedestrian zone on King Street, independent business openings and expansions, the strength and evolution of neighborhoods, new civic leadership, the groundbreaking of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus and the national accolades Alexandria is earning as a result.

“I’m grateful for the leadership of our tourism and hospitality sector and the partnership with Visit Alexandria as together we work to continue our city’s economic recovery,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. “There is still work to be done, and we know other destinations are upping their game, so we cannot let up.”

New “Expand Your ALX” Campaign

Visit Alexandria also unveiled a new advertising campaign highlighting the city’s neighborhoods as part of a strategy to broaden recovery throughout the city. “Expand Your ALX” invites D.C.-area residents who love Old Town to expand their perception and experience of Alexandria. Featured neighborhoods include Alexandria’s West End, Del Ray, Arlandria and Carlyle. The campaign includes website content at with more content rolling out in 2023.

The campaign, which launches this week, will include online video, social media, print, and digital display advertising.

“Expand Your ALX is an exciting invitation to not only explore our physical neighborhoods but also to expand your understanding and experience of the diverse cultures, people and history in our city,” said Patricia Washington, President & CEO of Visit Alexandria. “With this new campaign, we are excited to step up the impact of visitor spending across Alexandria.”

Fiscal Year 2022 KPIs and Programs

Visit Alexandria’s Key Performance Indicators include all-time record web traffic, digital marketing impressions, press coverage, sales leads, social media followers and membership.

  • 9 million web visits (+30% YoY)
  • 158 million digital marketing impressions (+26% YoY)
  • 1,265 press hits (+21% YoY)
  • $46.4 million in group sales leads (+146% YoY)
  • 180,000 social media followers (+9% YoY)
  • 426 members (+5% YoY)

Highlights of Fiscal Year 2022 programs include:

  • Leveraging Alexandria’s 2021 ranking as a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the fourth time Alexandria has ranked among the top 5 Best Small Cities and on the list since the category was created in 2018.
  • Launching a new website featuring a mobile-first design, inspirational visual and video capabilities and diverse content layouts.
  • Expanding marketing spend by 39% to support web redesign as well as new advertising tactics such as streaming audio and Expedia, plus an increased presence on YouTube and native advertising.
  • Launching the “Drop In” campaign to tap into the $109 billion Black travel market, which built on our collaboration with members, the Office of Historic Alexandria and other industry partners over many years to paint a more complete and inclusive picture of Alexandria.
  • Launching a dedicated Spanish-language campaign in regional print, radio and social media channels targeting the D.C. region.
  • The return and elevation of the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon and Portside in Old Town Summer Festival, both of which garnered record attendance.

Looking Ahead

Visit Alexandria wrapped up the annual meeting by previewing more priority projects for Fiscal Year 2023, in addition to the “Expand Your ALX” D.C. regional campaign. The organization is developing a new destination ad campaign for overnight travelers and will be increasing awareness-oriented paid media placements. Visit Alexandria will expand the footprint of its organization-run signature events by partnering with the Campagna Center and the City of Alexandria on the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. A new tiered Alexandria Restaurant Week pricing structure was launched during the summer promotion in August 2022 and will continue for the winter promotion in January 2023. Visit Alexandria’s sales team will launch a new meetings campaign highlighting the city’s appeal as a small meetings destination and will build on its focused approach to lead generation that yielded record results in Fiscal Year 2022. The membership team will bring website partnership sales in-house and the Alexandria Visitor Center at Ramsay House will be renovated.


Visit Alexandria is the nonprofit tourism marketing organization for Alexandria, Virginia. Voted a Travel + LeisureBest City in the U.S. 2022 and a Southern LivingBest City on the Rise 2022, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is the nation’s third oldest locally designated historic district, boasting more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Walk in the footsteps of George Washington and America’s Founding Fathers while learning about Black history and African American changemakers that have shaped the history of Alexandria and the U.S.

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