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Summer tourism season hurt by rainy weather, officials say

Summer tourism season hurt by rainy weather, officials say

Rainy weather dampened the enthusiasm of tourists during the third quarter of 2018. Fewer people visited local museums and tourists brought in less money last summer compared with the same period a year earlier, according to Historic Triangle’s tourism destination officials.

The $2 transient occupancy tax — which levies a $2 per-night tax in the area’s hotels — was down, while the meals tax revenue was up slightly in July, August and September last year when compared to revenue during the same period in 2017. Colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation reported declines in ticketed admissions.

“I’m sure the rain had some sort of impact on visitation,” said Jody...

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