The tourism officials in Virginia, California are in an optomistic mood, after recent data revealed that tourism in Virginia Beach rebounded in 2010. According to reports, visitors spent about $1.13 billion in Virginia Beach in 2010, up more than 6 percent from 2009. Tourism officials said the Virginia Beach revenues represents about $94.9 million in city and state revenue and more than $211 million in payroll.
Moreover, the officials revealed that despite Hurricane Irene, summer hotel statistics for 2011 also remained positive with occupancy up 3 percent, room nights sold up 3 percent and revenue up nearly 4 percent. Virginia Beach is an independent resort city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia, on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North Ame rican Sand Soccer Championship, a beach soccer tournament. The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. It is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.