Paying for ‘The Bachelorette’

On Monday, an estimated 5.22 million viewers tuned in to ABC to watch an episode of “The Bachelorette” filmed in Richmond.

If the attraction-laden footage looked like an advertisement for the city, that’s because it sort of was. Virginia Tourism Corp. paid $536,130.38 for the show to film here.

Virginia Tourism made a financial contribution of $300,000 to “The Bachelorette” to film in Virginia and $236,130.38 to help defray costs of rooms, meals, production space, internet and parking at the Graduate Hotel and Quirk Hotel, where the cast and staff stayed during filming, according to documents obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.