West Virginia Tourism expected to rise

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – The pandemic has strongly impacted the tourism business nationwide, but experts are saying that might be a good thing for West Virginia. 

In a nationwide travel survey conducted by Long International, over 70 percent of people stated they don’t feel comfortable traveling to far, populated destinations and are opting for vacations in the open outdoors. 

“Post COVID people want to go to less crowded places, they want to go to charming small towns, they want outdoor recreation, they want to go to affordable destinations, and they want to take road trips. And that right there is the perfect destination here in West Virginia,” West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. 

Tourism in West Virginia is not expected to return to normal until 2024.