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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 05/11/2010

Virginia is for lovers … and Canadians

By Washington Post editors
LOCAL BLOG NETWORK

Virginia tourism officials are digging for gold in Canada.

They’re starting to target our northern neighbors by offering free trips through sweepstakes open only to Canadians. The first winners -- a senior Canadian couple and their granddaughter -- arrived in Roanoke last week.

More than half a million Canadians visited Virginia in 2008 and generated $122 million in revenue, according to estimates from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

You know it’s a proven investment when even Del. Bob Marshall supports it. Maybe that’s why no one really noticed when legislators voted this spring to expand Virginia’s tourism budget by 25 percent.

[Continue reading Paige Cunningham's post from Old Dominion Watchdog here.]

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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