Officials predict rowdy weekend won't hurt Va. Beach tourism

Officials predict rowdy weekend won't hurt Va. Beach tourism

Officials predict rowdy weekend won't hurt Va. Beach tourism

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- A rowdy and violent weekend at Virginia Beach's Oceanfront isn't expected to affect the city's tourism.

Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau director James Ricketts says the recent College Weekend was an isolated incident.

Ricketts tells The Virginian-Pilot that tourist inquiries are up 8 percent from 2012. He says the city consistently receives high ratings in visitor surveys for cleanliness, safety and family-friendliness.

Virginia Beach Hotel-Motel Association executive director Nancy Marscheider says her group is cautiously optimistic about this summer and the remainder of spring.

Police made nearly 150 arrests stemming from the College Weekend event. There were several shootings, stabbings and robberies. At least eight people were injured.

Police estimated up to 40,000 people congregated at the Oceanfront for the event.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-05-13-13 1052GMT

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