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Washington D.C. tourism beats records in 2012

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Nearly 19 million tourists pumped $6.2 billion into the District of Columbia in 2012, breaking records in both categories in the process, officials say.

In a report to be released Wednesday by Destination D.C., the city's tourism and convention agency, 18.9 million visitors came in and out of the District, including 2.2 million from overseas. The exact number is about a million more than the previous record of 17.9 million, which was set in 2011.

Those millions of tourists spent $6.2 billion during their time in Washington, according to the report. The spending had an estimated economic impact of $4.8 billion, according to financial analysis firm IHS Global Insight.

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