Tourists spent a record $7.1B in the District last year

A record-number of Americans visited the District last year, helping boost tourist spending in the nation’s capital to an all-time high of $7.1 billion.

More than 19.3 million Americans came to the District in 2015, an increase of 1 million visitors, or 5.3 percent, from the year before, according to a report released Tuesday by Destination D.C., the District’s marketing arm. The data was compiled by McLean-based travel research firm D.K. Shifflet.

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D.C. sets tourism record with 20 million visitors

D.C. set an all-time record with 20.2 million visitors in 2014, thanks in large part to a 16 percent boost in international visitors over the previous year.

About 90 percent of the city’s visitors still come from within the United States, but international visitors are an attractive target for tourism officials because they typically stay longer.

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