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West Virginia’s tourism industry supports nearly 45,000 jobs West Virginia’s tourism industry supports nearly 45,000 jobs

West Virginia Highlights Tourism Importance to Economy

On February 12, more than 200 tourism industry representatives gathered at West Virginia’s State Capitol to advocate for the industry as part of Tourism Day at the Legislature.

The annual event is designed to raise awareness of the significant economic impact of tourism in the US state. This year’s focus was on research which highlighted that every dollar the state spends on tourism, advertising generates eight dollars in state and local taxes.

Travellers spend just over USD4 billion a year in West Virginia, which is equivalent to roughly USD11.3 million per day.

“Without the USD527 million in state and local taxes generated from this industry, each household in West Virginia would have to pay an additional USD700-a-year in state and local taxes,” said Chelsea Ruby, tourism commissioner, West Virginia.