Joined by the state’s Tourism Commission and dozens of hospitality industry representatives, Justice announced that statewide hotel occupancy in June jumped 16.1 percent from the same month in 2017. Combined with a robust average room rate, the occupancy boom also produced a 20 percent revenue increase in a year-over-year comparison with June 2017. The occupancy gains have been widespread. Justice announced increases for every region of the state and shared impressive year-to-date figures. In the first two quarters of this year, occupancy went up 11.7 percent producing revenue growth of 14.9 percent.
Chelsea Ruby, tourism commissioner, West Virginia, explained, “The success we have seen this year is a direct result of the Governor’s commitment to growing our tourism industry.”