West Virginia's Celebrating National Tourism Week

  • Posted on: 11 May 2012
  • By: The Media Center

May 11, 2012 - The Media Center provided live satellite news/media coverage of National Tourism Week from the Tamarack in Beckley, WV.

National Tourism Week is being celebrated throughout the United States and across the state of West Virginia during the week of May 5 – May 13.

The national event, designated by a joint resolution of the U. S. Congress during the Reagan administration in 1983, was designed to promote and encourage travel within the United States. President Barack Obama sent a message backing the week-long promotion by saying that “tourism contributes to the success of the American and World economies.”

The celebration is coordinated by the U.S. Travel Association headquartered in Washington, D.C. According to the association's fact sheet, travel is one of America's largest employers supporting 14.4 million jobs (including 44,400 in West Virginia). Travel is one of America's largest industries, generating $1.9 trillion in economic output. And travel is the country's largest services export ($152.4 billion), creating a balance of trade surplus for the United States of $42 billion.

West Virginia state welcome centers and other West Virginia destinations will have special activities throughout this week.

For West Virginia travel information call 1-800-CALL-WVA or visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism website at: http://wvtourism.com/default.aspx

Take a look at the picture below of The Media Center's one and only, Dan Shreve with the President of the WV CVB Association, Kara Dense.

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