The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

December 10, 2012

Tourism plays vital role in Fayette County

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OAK HILL —

 Fayette county tourism, by the numbers

Tourism employment has remained steady for the past 10 years (about 17 percent of all jobs), while manufacturing and construction have decreased by roughly 5 percent each.

17% of population (one out of six) working in the hospitality and tourism industry

730 — Number of full- and part-time tourism positions

$67.1million — Tourist spending, compared to $155.6 million in Raleigh

15 — Fayette’s ranking among 55 counties for tourism spending

$13.5 million — Worker earnings generated by tourism

$696,000 — County tax revenues from tourism ($4.57 million statewide)

$244 — Tourism tax relief per household

42.4% — Amount tourist spending grew from 2000 to 2010, compared to 36.7 percent statewide

Source: “Economic Impact of Travel on West Virginia, 2000-2010,” a 2010 study by Dean Runyan & Associates for the West Virginia Division of Tourism

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