Traffic and sold out hotels at Virginia Beach

by Karen Hopkins VIRGINIA BEACH– The traffic is bumper to bumper as people head to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the Fourth of July. “We actually didn’t start hitting traffic until we got off the interstate,” tourist Kasey McCaw said. More families will hit the road this holiday weekend. AAA expects travel to jump 19 percent in Virginia. “We’re seeing folks that are going to take their summer vacation regardless of what is going on with the economy,” Steve LaFonde said. The economy hurt business at Barclay Bed and Breakfast. But now, owner Steve LaFonde says it’s picking up. All the rooms are booked. He says having more toursits in town means more tax revenue for the city. “Between the military and tourism, that’s what makes Virginia Beach run.” The Hilton, Holiday Inn, Wyndham and Best Western tell 13 News they’re sold out and welcoming those guests. “I think they’re treating tourists like they are really gald they are here,” Marie-Louise said. McCaw said getting here is worth the traffic wait. “Hopefully we’ll see some fireworks.”
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