National Travel and Tourism Week—America's annual salute to travel and tourism—was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. The week unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth, and personal well-being.
“Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 1,100 people right here in Wood County,” said Mark Lewis, Greater Parkersburg CVB president. “During National Travel and Tourism we ask everyone to join us in saluting this important industry. Get out and experience our local attractions, shop in our unique stores, visit our parks, and dine at area restaurants. We have a lot to enjoy!”
Each year Wood County’s travel industry accounts for:
- $124.5 million in traveler spending at local businesses
- $1.1 million in taxes paid to local governments
- $250.03 of tax relief for every Wood County household
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Greater Parkersburg. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with our families is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.
To learn more about the Greater Parkersburg CVB, upcoming events, and more, visit www.GreaterParkersburg.com or call 304-428-1130.