Gov. Justice, Tourism Secretary Ruby Announce State Record $7 Billion Annual Tourism Impact for 2022
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 11, 2023
Traveler spending in West Virginia contributes significantly to the state’s economy. Food and beverage spending topped $1.4 billion in 2022. Lodging spending surpassed $800 million for the first time ever, led by a 275% increase in short-term rental revenue since 2019.
These record-breaking tourism numbers were presented at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism being held at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. In remarks at the conference, Gov. Justice recognized the more than 300 industry officials on site and the important role they’ve played in growing the tourism economy.
“You’ve done an unbelievable job taking our state’s tourism industry to the next level, and I could not be more proud,” Gov. Justice said. “All we needed to do was show the world what we already knew we had in West Virginia, and now with these numbers today, it’s truly amazing to see what we have achieved. Tourism’s been one of my top priorities as Governor from the very beginning of my time in office, and it’s wonderful to see our investment pay off in a major way.”
“Gov. Justice’s commitment to tourism has paid off in a huge way,” Chelsea Ruby, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism, said. “We’re proud of the growth we’ve been able to achieve and the impact it has on our state’s economy. But most of all, we’re thrilled that more people than ever are discovering what West Virginia has to offer. We have the best tourism destination in the country, and these numbers show that the rest of the world is receiving that message.”