Current report exhibits growth in business and tourism in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – Lynchburg’s workplace of financial growth and tourism lately printed its annual report, which confirmed positives in lots of classes for the Hill Metropolis’s submit pandemic financial system.
“It’s always a moment to pause and look back on what the entire world, and country, and region, and the city of Lynchburg, has been through over the last two and a half, three years,” mentioned Marjette Upshur, director of financial growth and tourism for the town.
There was no playbook for the way companies may navigate a pandemic. However as we head into a traditional vacation season, the annual report confirmed business in Lynchburg is surpassing pre-pandemic ranges.
“I think some of the most rewarding things are watching your businesses make it through a pandemic,” mentioned Upshur.
That was clear within the report, but additionally from the attitude of Lynchburg business house owners.
“Overall it seems to be back. I would say that our numbers are actually better and that has to do with an increase at the local universities and hospitals and BWXT growing as well,” mentioned Michael Pearl, who owns Bailey Spencer downtown.
One thing that additionally caught out is tourism, the report mentioned home tourism has recovered 120% since July 2019.
“Tourism to the city of Lynchburg is our anchors, our colleges, our healthcare system, and our businesses drive an awful lot of traffic and visitors to the city. So to see that rebound, so quickly, it is really, really rewarding and gratifying,” mentioned Upshur.
“It says that we’re slowly becoming maybe, partially, a tourist city more so than just a place for people to love and live and that’s good for everybody,” mentioned Pearl.
Upshur mentioned this report is one thing they use for steering all through the remainder of the yr. It’s one thing metropolis leaders and companies hope to proceed constructing on into Lynchburg’s future.
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