Harrison and Marion Counties Celebrate National Tourism Week


It’s National Tourism Week and in conjunction with the state tourism office all Convention and Visitors Bureaus are “adopting” an Interstate rest area, Toll Plaza, or Welcome Center for one day this week.

The goal of National Tourism Week is to create a greater appreciation of the tourism industry’s economic impact and what better way to welcome people to the mountain state than with warm pepperoni rolls!

“I’ve had pepperoni rolls and they are delicious,” said Janet Switzer, Pennsylvania Resident.

“They’re wonderful, thank you!” said Charles Glazer, South Carolina Resident.

Wednesday, Convention and Visitors Bureaus in Harrison and Marion county “adopted” rest areas off of Interstate 79.

Kathie Titus, Clarksburg CVB Executive Director said, “Showcase what we have in the area for people driving through and stopping. This being such a beautiful day we are getting people from all over the United States and even Canada.”

CVB members handed out brochures, pins, and a variety of locally baked goods to visitors.

“It’s such a pleasant surprise to see these people we usually stop and we are in and out of here in two minutes. It was nice to take a little break and meet some local people and see everything you have to over here,” said Glazer.

“It’s just so lovely. It’s so beautiful and green and we were just saying how beautiful West Virginia is,” said June Switzer, Pennsylvania Resident.

CVB directors said the event is to not only promote tourism but to also highlight the economic impact.

“For the state of West Virginia it brings in a little over 5 billion dollars in a years time. In Marion County alone it brings in close to a thousand jobs,” said Leisha Elliott, Marion Co. CVB Executive Director.

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