Orlando, Fla., was ranked #1 on this year's list. Arlington is ranked #34, slipping eight spots, compared to its rank on last year's list. Washington, D.C. was ranked #7 on the list this year, falling five spots since last year. National Harbor was ranked for the first time this year, coming in #26. Last year, it was lumped in with Washington, D.C.
Last fall, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association announced an 8.1 percent increase in visitor spending in 2011 to total $711 million, generating city tax revenue of $23.1 million. Visitors to the city support more than 6,000 jobs with a payroll of $118 million.
In five years, visitor spending has increased 22 percent in Alexandria, outpacing increases for Virginia and Northern Virginia, both at 9 percent.