HAMPTON, Virginia – AUTHOR’S NOTE: The above video will be on file March 3, 2021.
Two organizations in Hampton have received tourism grants to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 downturn.
The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and the Hampton History Museum Association each received $ 10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program. The program offsets institutional funds used for marketing with government grants.
The Convention & Visitor Bureau will use the funds to promote the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex through marketing efforts. The Aquaplex is a state-of-the-art facility that, according to the city, is due to open in summer 2022. Their goal is to attract visitors who ultimately help the hotels, shops, and restaurants in the city.
“The tourism and hospitality industries were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, seeing revenue and job losses and the temporary shutdown of many tourism-related businesses,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “These funds will help revitalize the Virginia tourism industry, which will help spark new economic activity and help bring vital funds back to the communities.”
According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, visitors to the state spent $ 27 billion in 2019.