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Officials: Increased tourism investment paying off for West Virginia


More than $150 million worth of improvements at West Virginia State Parks and Forests have been competed in the last five years, officials said Tuesday.

During a ribbon cutting event celebrating renovations at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge, Gov. Jim Justice and Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby said the state’s strategy of increasing investment in tourism continues to pay off.

“Revenue in the state parks system is up 52%,” she said. “The state parks, last calendar year, brought in 52% more revenue than the first year the governor was here. Those numbers speak for themselves.”

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