FAIRFIELD -- The city of Fairfield generated $583 million in tourism-related spending last year, resulting in $36.8 million in state and local tax revenue while employing nearly 7,000 people in Solano County, according to a study by the Fairfeild Conference & Visitors Bureau.

The city also collected more than $1.7 million in transient occupancy tax  in 2012, according to the bureau, the destination marketing organization.

Highlights of Solano County's tourism data were released as part of National Travel and Tourism Week, which took place May 4--12.

“This national observance provides us an opportunity to truly appreciate what Fairfield and the Suisun Valley has to offer leisure travelers, small conferences and meetings, and tour groups,” said Anand Patel, bureau president and chief executive officer. "Attractions that set us apart from other destinations include Suisun Valley wineries and the Western Railway Museum, Jelly Belly and Anheuser-Busch brewery tours, plus wildlife viewing and nature hikes at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area and Solano Land Trust open spaces. It’s also a time to recognize what tourism means for us in terms of jobs and much needed revenues for local businesses."

The tourism bureau created by a business improvement district to market and promote tourism to the area, including overnight stays. The independent nonprofit 501(c)6 organization is funded by 18 lodging properties in Fairfield.