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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a recent trade and tourism mission to Canada has increased exports of Virginia seafood.

McAuliffe said Thursday that Rappahannock River Oyster Company has secured deals with Lagoon Seafood of Lachine, Quebec, and Toronto-based seafood importer SeaCore as a result of the September mission.

Rappahannock will supply SeaCore with oysters and Lagoon Seafood with oysters and clams.

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The Ocean City Town Council says no to a plan to drill for oil and gas in along the coast.

In addition, the resort approved a resolution that also opposes seismic airgun surveys in the nearby waters.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council said it had concerns about how it would affect the recreational fishing industry as well tourism.

The states of Maryland and Delaware have both called on the federal government to exclude them from the drilling areas.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says tourism revenues increased more than 4 percent from 2013 to $22.4 billion last year.

The governor said Monday that the tourism industry supported nearly 217,000 jobs and pumped more than $1.5 billion into the state and local economies in 2014. State and local revenues were up 5.6 percent from 2013.

Officials say the travel industry was the fifth largest private employer in the state last year and made up 7 percent of Virginia's total private employment. Domestic travelers spent $61 million a day in the state.

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The fireworks went off on time at Ocean City as tens of thousands packed the resort this weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that business was booming with some locals saying it was one of the best July 4th they have had in years.

There were a few incidents during the holiday weekend.

A man fell from a third story balcony and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Meanwhile, there was a reported fire on a public bus on Saturday which had to be evacuated.

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If you’re vacationing in Rehoboth Beach and looking forward to using the pool at your rental house that could come to an end in the near future.

The resort’s board of commissioners is looking at denying vacationers the right to use the pools of rental properties.

The Mayor and other city officials are concerned that the larger homes being built in the resort is causing too much noise and disruption in the residential areas.

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Delaware Congressman John Carney came to Rehoboth Beach with a message.

He opposes the federal plans to open up the Atlantic Coast to off shore drilling.

He met with environmental and tourism officials as part of his week of meetings aimed at the concerns over climate change.

Carney worries about the impact of what an oil spill like the recent one off the coast of Santa Barbara in California could have on the First State’s billion dollar tourism industry.

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There were around a quarter of a million people in Ocean City this past Memorial Day weekend which marks to the first day of the summer season.

And all of the 600 campsites were full.

With the big crowds and good weather many businesses have finally begun to see an end to the impact of the Great Recession.

Jessica Waters with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an exciting start to the season.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014.

A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs.

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia, including Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee is backing a bill to close a tax loophole for third-party travel websites.

The committee voted 9-4 on Wednesday in favor of the legislation, which ensures booking companies such as Expedia and Travelocity pay Maryland the same amount of sales tax on that a customer would pay if they did not purchase a discounted hotel room from the travel site.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's tourism industry experienced a record year for lodging and restaurant sales.

The city says tax receipts show lodging sales increased about 5 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, for a total of about $315 million. Those figures include hotels, campgrounds, vacation rental homes and condo rentals.

Citywide restaurant sales in 2014 increased 3.6 percent compared to 2013, amounting to $1.1 billion.

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Hockey could be coming to Worcester County officials are looking at possibly constructing a multi-purpose stadium-style arena that could provide a venue for a minor league hockey team as well as concerts and convention groups.

Bill Badger, director Economic Development, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is too soon to say where or when it might be built.

He adds that more than likely this would be a public-private venture.

But such project would stir up some competition with the Ocean City Convention Center.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says tourism in Maryland rose by 3.2 percent in 2013.

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development released its annual tourism report Tuesday. The report attempts to measure the effectiveness of the state's tourism efforts, and the impact travel and tourism have on the state's economy.

Margot Amelia, the agency's executive director, says "tourism has been and continues to be a powerful economic engine for Maryland."

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Now is the time that businesses along the Delmarva coastline are heading toward the end of the summer season. And, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt out to see how the tourist season has been doing.

It may be the sign of the long winter may have been good for business this summer.

WMDT reports that hotels in Rehoboth Beach say reservations are up.     

The hotels say they have not only seen an increase for this Memorial Day Weekend but tourists are filling up the rooms for the coming months.

At the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel they expected to be sold out by Fourth of July.

If the weather holds up it should beat the slow start of last year when rain and low temperatures took its toll on the tourist season.

Sunfest is back.

And Ocean City is gearing up for the first blast for the tourist season.

Some 240 vendors from across the country are setting up for the event… located in the Inlet parking lot that will feature food and live music.

This year’s 24th annual event will run through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With the rain gone and good weather showing up vendors say they have already been doing well.

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HANOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland tourism officials say more tourists than ever are visiting the state despite an anemic economy.

The Maryland Office of Tourism says the state attracted 35.4 million visitors in 2012. Leisure travel led the increase, growing 6.7 percent last year and 39 percent since 2007. The Daily Record reports the new figures were announced at the annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit this week.

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Maryland and Delaware tourism officials say there’s been a 20 percent uptick in information requests about activities in the region.

And there were similar spikes in Web traffic from the New Jersey and New York areas this year.

Whether they will come is still not clear.

Joseph Seneca, professor at Rutgers University released as study in January, saying they will after the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.

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If you plan on bicycling from Westover to Crisfield the Somerset County Commissioners could make it a bit safer.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Commissioners that the trail would follow the former railroad tracks.

But it would need to deal with the state’s 60-foot-wide right of way along the 13.5-mile stretch.

Julie Widdowson, the county tourism director, noted that unlike Wicomico and Worcester counties Somerset does not have any.

She said that this would boost tourism and bring more business to the region.

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The Crisfield Beach is open for summertime tourists.

City officials say that there was some $120-thousand in damages with much of the sand having disappeared as a result of Hurricane Sandy last year.

WBOC reports that private donations and some city funding help restore the beaches so that sunbathers can bask on the shores just as they did before.

Wayne Swift of Crisfield told the station that the beach is extremely important to nearby damaged neighborhoods.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Republican state senator is proposing legislation to study whether all Delaware public schools should wait until after Labor Day to start classes.

Sen. Gerald Hocker of Ocean View says the move could mean more money for Delawareans, particularly high school students with summer jobs.

Hocker says only two of Delaware's 19 public school districts, both in Sussex County, started classes after Labor Day last year.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City tourism officials are trying to get a better sense of visitors and where they're coming from.

Tourism Director Donna Abbott tells the Daily Times of Salisbury that Ocean City is looking for "firmer metrics" to improve marketing effectiveness and to better know where advertising money should be spent.

The tourism commission has agreed to create a subcommittee to study better ways to gage the tourist population.

ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) - Sidewalk bricks with QR codes on them are being proposed for a St. Michaels walking tour.

QR codes are square black-and-white codes that can be scanned by smart-phone software and take visitors to a web-page that will provide information about the location.

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It may only be early February but the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says it’s getting inundated with calls by potential first-time visitors.

These are many who normally show up at the beaches that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Chamber has allocated another $20-thousand for marketing in communities that typically see residents visit the resorts in Long island, New York or northern New Jersey.