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W.Va. Featured As Top Travel Region

West Virginians know that as part of our work to diversify the economy and protect our natural treasures, the travel and hospitality industries must grow. The Mountain State got a big boost in that direction as travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has named it one of the Top Travel Regions to visit in 2022. We are the only U.S. state to receive such a nod.

Others receiving the designation included Westfjords, Iceland; Scenic Rim, Australia; Vancouver Island, Canada; and Burgundy, France.

“2022 is the perfect time to discover West Virginia, a still-uncrowded region with unspoiled mountains and unmistakable heritage where the leisurely tempo of Southern small towns converges with the adrenaline sports that attract adventurers from across the continent,” Lonely Planet said.

It is wonderful to see the good work of West Virginia Department of Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby and her team coming to fruition.

“West Virginia is an incredible four-season travel destination, and we can’t wait to welcome new visitors as they plan their trips to the Best in Travel destinations for 2022,” Ruby said. But the work is not over. Among the unfinished tasks is for voters to remind some of our more extreme elected officials that behavior and outbursts during which they almost seem to revel in embarrassing the rest of us will no longer be tolerated. We cannot allow them to be the bad apples that ruin the bunch.

Assuming those few won’t be holding us back much longer, then, West Virginians should be thrilled with the opportunity to welcome visitors to our Wild and Wonderful state. We have so much to offer. It shouldn’t take much to get some of those visitors to make a return trip to Almost Heaven.

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