Craft Beer Industry Helps Grow Virginia's Tourism Economy~ Virginia Tourism Corporation development efforts support new craft brewery development ~
RICHMOND (July 31, 2014) - With 82 breweries and more opening every year, Virginia has become a magnet for the craft beer industry. Local love is on tap and August has recently been named Virginia Craft Beer Month to celebrate the budding industry. The commemorative month is a great time to highlight not only some of the Commonwealth's amazing craft breweries, but also to recognize a fast-growing segment of Virginia's economy.
"Virginia is fast becoming the prime East Coast destination for travelers looking for local flavor. Craft beer is also a multi-million dollar industry, contributing positively to the economies of small towns and big cities across the Commonwealth."
Many of Virginia's craft breweries are located within or in close proximity to smaller towns and communities Places like Abingdon, Afton, and Salem now have breweries, and locations such as Bristol, Floyd and Glade Spring are expecting brewery openings this year. Many more communities are targeting brewery businesses to compliment other related tourismeconomic development efforts.
Leaders in St. Paul, Virginia, for example, are interested in a brewery to enhance the experience of visitors who are now coming to ride the Spearhead Trails and float the Clinch River, both as part of key economic development initiatives in which Virginia Tourism Corporation has been involved.
Virginia Tourism Corporation's Partnership Marketing Development team has and continues to support numerous tourism culinary initiatives and entrepreneurs throughout the state, many in conjunction with local state and federal partners, through direct entrepreneur and businessassistance, partnership marketing funding, and other services.
Learn more about the craft beer industry in Virginia: http://www.virginia.org/craftbeer/
Learn more about the various tourism economic efforts of the Virginia Tourism Corporation by visiting www.vatc.org/PAM/
Media Contact: Caroline Logan, Director of Corporate Communications