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Justice addresses rising West Virginia tourism numbers and potential for growth


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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — After years of decline, tourism in the Mountain State is beginning to rebound, with increasing numbers of visitors expected in the future.

Speaking on the second day of the annual Tourism Conference at the Morgantown Event Center, Gov. Jim Justice said spending on travel in West Virginia declined by more than $600 million, or 14 percent, from 2012-16.

But that trend started to turn around in 2017, marking the first growth in the state’s tourism industry since the four-year decline began.

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