WV Tourism Industry Officials Meet With State Lawmakers
Charleston, Feb. 13, 2012 – West Virginia tourism and travel industry representatives and vendors gathered at the Capitol Monday, Feb. 13 for Tourism Day at the Legislature, an event designed to bring awareness to the significant economic and social impact tourism brings to the state. More than 70 exhibitors from various tourism-related businesses took part in the annual event in the Capitol. Industry partners had the opportunity to speak with legislators and the visiting public throughout the day.
The West Virginia tourism industry is a $6.2 billion industry for West Virginia, providing 44,000 direct jobs and generating $600 million in tax revenue. In 2011, over 13 million people took overnight trips to West Virginia’s tourism properties, a figure that is up over 40 percent over the last decade. Two notable segments of the tourism industry that have seen continued growth is the heritage sector with the new emphasis on West Virginia’s role in the Civil War and outdoor adventure activities.
The state’s tourism industry is also continuing to provide jobs, while various other industry sectors have had to reduce their work forces.
As thousands of out-of-state guests travel into the mountain state, West Virginia residents are also being encouraged to also discover the fun right in their own back yard throughout the year.
West Virginia has activities to make any trip fun and exciting, including dog and horse racing, table games, skiing, shopping, historic sites, whitewater rafting, golf, ATV, rock climbing, great food, affordable lodging to breathtaking scenic scenes. For more information on what there is to do in West Virginia, go online at www.wvtourism.com or call 800-CALLWVA.