Tourism Can Be Continuing Boom
For most of our history, West Virginians have relied on industries with limited lifespans. Natural resources extraction has been the foundation of our economy and, through new oil and gas drilling techniques, will be important in the future.
Coal can play a big role, too, if the federal government allows it – but, by definition, any natural resources-based economy has its limits.
During the past decade or so, legalized gambling has helped but it, too, is fading.
Tourism already is an important contributor to our economy, in virtually every region of the state.
But bringing recreational travelers into West Virginia can be much, much bigger – a permanent foundation for our economy, analysts say.
The natural splendor of the Mountain State is virtually unmatched in the eastern United States. Several recreational pursuits, including skiing and whitewater trips, are unrivaled here.
During the next couple of years, state officials should make it a priority to expand West Virginia’s tourism industry. Managed carefully, it can be a gold mine that will never close.