Gov. McAuliffe leads mission to recruit more business for Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor McAuliffe will lead a four-day marketing mission to Boston and Canada.

The trip will take place May 17 to May 20.  Durning the trip, McAuliffe and his delegation will attend 20 meetings in order to promote the advantages of doing business in Virginia.

He will promote Virginia products including oysters, wine, craft beer, outdoor recreation, and other things produced in Virginia.

McAuliffe will host three receptions to showcase what he says are some of Virginia’s highlights including, it’s growing economy, agricultural assets, culinary offerings, and scenic beauty.

“Marketing and trade missions are a critical component of Virginia’s proactive approach to economic development and building a New Virginia Economy,” McAuliffe said. “These business networking trips provide invaluable opportunities to personally encourage corporate leaders to invest in Virginia and create jobs for our citizens. Missions also give us the ability to promote our world-class tourism products.”

Domestic tourism  is an instant money maker for the state. In 2014, visitors spent over $22 billion in Virginia, which contributed  $1.5 billion in state and local taxes. The money from tourism also helped to support 217,000 jobs.

Canada is Virginia’s number one export market in tourism. A number of Canadians come to Virginia for their vacation. Air Canada even started offering non-stop flights May 2 of this year.

Canada was Virginia’s export destination, in 2015, receiving over $3 billion in manufactured goods. The top exports included industrial machinery, mineral fuels, paper and paperboard, and electrical machinery.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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