Colonial Williamsburg tourism, donations increased last year

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February 1, 2007

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p. Colonial Williamsburg saw a marked increase in tourism and donations in 2006.

p. For the second consecutive year, ticket sales increased. 2006 saw 767,000 total admissions, a 5 percent increase over 2005 and the largest percent increase since the late 1980s.

p. The Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg surpassed its goal of $500 million, with donations totaling more than $510 million. This is Colonial Williamsburg’s first fund-raising campaign, and it goes toward preservation of the Historic Area, educational programs and endowment for key positions.

p. The number of individual donors to the Colonial Williamsburg Fund exceeded the 100,000 mark for the fifth consecutive year. The record 115,000 donors in 2006 contributed $14 million, another 5 percent increase over 2005.

p. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and Chairman Colin Campbell attributes the increase in attendance and donor support to the new initiatives that have been launched by the Foundation over the past six years. These initiatives include the creation of a Regional Welcome Center for America’s 400th Anniversary in May 2007 and the Revolutionary City program, which began last March.

p. Campbell believes that this trend of increase will continue in 2007, especially due to the 400th anniversary of Jamestown and the World Forum on the Future of Democracy, both of which will receive national and international attention.

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