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VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Officials say Virginia's largest city is well positioned to see growth in tourism, but traffic gridlock and increased competition from other states could hinder it.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe told tourism officials in Virginia Beach on Monday that the state needs to diversify its economy away from its heavy reliance on defense spending. He says growing tourism is one of the best ways the Hampton Roads region can lessen its reliance on the military. He says he's committed to expanding light rail into Virginia Beach and widening interstates that tourists depend on to get to the area.

During a state of the tourism industry speech at an oceanfront hotel, Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Jim Ricketts said traffic is the top complaint among visitors to the city.

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