Governor Jim Justice announced that the tourism industry grew in 2017 for the first time since 2012.
Annual economic impact research shows that traveler spending in West Virginia grew at a rate 30 percent above the national rate in 2017. This reversed a four-year decline where travel-generated spending fell more than $600 million.
Travel-generated spending in West Virginia dropped more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2016. However, spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017.
“This is a landmark day for our tourism industry and our economy as a whole,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “When I took office, I knew we had to do something to get back on the right track in tourism, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Tourism needs to be a cornerstone of our economy, and it’s great to see it growing again.”
This news was announced during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Morgantown.