Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legislature Today
7:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

House Looks at Senate Water Protection Bill, Charleston CVB Hopes to Shake Water Stigma, & More

The House of Delegates went through 60 items on their daily calendar on "Crossover Day," the last day for bills to be out of their house of origin. But, House Judiciary heard from environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies as they examined Senate Bill 373, the bill that would regulate above-ground storage facilities. The Senate votes on 11 bills, debates three possible Constitutional Amendments, and also votes on the teacher pay raise bill.

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Economy
1:19 am
Wed February 26, 2014

State and Local Tourism Evaluate Post-Spill Plans, Conference Participants Leave With No Bad Taste

Michael Guidi of Carr’s Holidays in New York State (left) sits down with Lauren Hunt of the Charleston CVB to discuss travel opportunities for the groups he serves. Guidi wasn't worried about the water in Charleston or how it might affect his decision to bring tourists to the area.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

With the state eclipsing the $5 billion mark for tourism revenue in 2012, this week’s Travel  South Conference in Charleston gave visitors bureaus across the state a chance to cash in and drive even more tourism opportunities to their respective areas. But the conference comes nearly seven weeks after the spill of thousands of gallons of MCHM into the Elk River by Freedom Industries. 

Many locals worry that the tourism economy would, much like the water, be left with a tainted reputation. Tourism professionals from across the country seemed unphased by the water crisis while here and local travel professionals hope the stigma of the spill won’t last. 

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Water Ban
4:08 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Small Businesses Struggle With Water Ban

As the water ban was lifted throughout the Charleston area yesterday restaurants and bars started to open their doors for the first time since Thursday.

Deno Stanley is the owner of Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille in downtown Charleston. He said when he received word last Thursday that he would have to close because of the water ban he was not happy.

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