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TOURISM BOOMING: Gov. Jim Justice reported that West Virginia’s tourism industry is up 3.8 percent over pre-pandemic levels as of 2021. While nationally tourism is still down 27 percent from 2019, the Mountain State continues to trend upward, the governor said.

The figures come from yearly economic impact research released at the industry’s annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The research shows traveler spending in West Virginia exceeded $4.9 billion in 2021.

In addition to statewide data, the report shows that each of the state’s nine travel regions saw growth in 2021. The report also shows that visitor spending for accommodations was $723 million, an increase of 44.1 percent and visitors who stayed in a short-team rental spent $176 million in 2021, an increase of 15.4 percent.

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