Governor announces first increase in traveler spending since 2012


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.

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