Why Tourism Matters

There's a symbiotic relationship between the visitors that visit our city and us, the local community that call it home. The same things that make Arlington a great place to live also make it a great place to visit.

Tourism, as an industry, is very much a part of the cloth that make Arlington what is. While visitors may come and go, their tax dollars spent while visiting stays here - and ripples through the community - touching local businesses, city services, and ultimately improve the quality of life for all Arlington residents.


12,000 jobs are created by tourism in Arlington alone, ranging from those that are directly related to tourism and those that indirectly support tourism.


Tourism also helps fund and improve our local infrastructure, amenities, programs and services enjoyed by residents and tourists alike by bringing in tax dollars through spending.

Civic Pride

Tourism creates a real sense of civic pride in Arlington, encouraging a culturally diverse identity, healthier lifestyles and an overall better quality of life.

Economic Growth

Tourism drives economic and income growth by supporting our local businesses, from locally-owned restaurants and coffee houses, to art galleries, to one-of-a-kind retail shopping.