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W.Va. officials man rest stops during tourism week

Times West Virginian photo by Angelee Wiley  Betsy Saunders (left) speaks with Leisha Elliott, the executive director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Marion County, during National Tourism Week events at the Interstate 79 rest area in Harrison County on Wednesday. Saunders was traveling from Richmond, Virginia, but she said she loves to stop in West Virginia.
Times West Virginian photo by Angelee Wiley
Betsy Saunders (left) speaks with Leisha Elliott, the executive director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Marion County, during National Tourism Week events at the Interstate 79 rest area in Harrison County on Wednesday. Saunders was traveling from Richmond, Virginia, but she said she loves to stop in West Virginia.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — National Tourism Week is in full swing.

On Wednesday, the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Marion County (CVB) and the Clarksburg-Bridgeport CVBs set up along the two Interstate 79 rest areas in Harrison County to greet tourists.

 “We decided to pick one day to be able to greet travelers coming on I-79 North because they will be coming closer to Marion County,” said Leisha Elliott, the executive director of the Marion County CVB. “It has been a lot of fun. Some people are relatively local, (and) we’ve had several parents headed to Morgantown to help students pack up.”

National Tourism Week began Sunday and will last through May 10. CVBs in the state are “adopting” a welcome center, toll plaza or rest area one day throughout the week.

Kathie Titus, the executive director of the Greater Clarksburg CVB, was set up at the rest area on I-79 South. She said she was excited just to have a presence in the community and meet people traveling through who she normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet.

“It’s nice that we have one of our brochures here with all of our fairs and festivals and people are picking them up,” Titus said. “Hopefully the next time they’re traveling through, it might be worth getting off of the interstate for a little bit to visit one of our festivals.”

The Greater Clarksburg CVB had a board set up where people stopping by could sign their names and list where they are from.

Titus said they had people stop from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and even Canada…

 

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