tourism

Inside Appalachia
5:37 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

How Appalachian Culture Is Connected to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Romania

'Thistle and Shamrock' host Fiona Ritchie and Warren Wilson president emeritus Doug Orr.
Credit University of North Carolina Press

This week we have a special episode of Inside Appalachia as we explore Appalachia through a multi-cultural lens, looking at how our culture connects to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and even Romania. We'll even visit a Hare Krishna Temple in West Virginia. And do you want to find out what Irish Road Bowling is and where you can go to see a game? Listen to the podcast to find out more.

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Economy
12:04 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Thousands Will Ride the World Class Gauley Rapids Beginning This Weekend

White water rafting on the Gauley RIver begins this weekend.
Credit Ken Thomas / wikimedia Commons

Five thousand people on some 500 boats are expected on the Gauley River beginning Friday as the U.S. Corp of Engineers begins drawing down the water levels on Summersville Lake, releasing a thunderous amount of water into the Upper and Lower sections of the Gauley.

The releases will occur during the next 7 consecutive weekends, supporting the local rafting industry and ensuring the river maintains its world class rafting status.

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Christian Youth Camp
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Faith Based Adventure Camp Planned for Nicholas Co.

West Virginia Young Life Representative Scott Berg says the camp will be between Mt. Nebo and Kessler's Cross Lanes.

A faith based organization plans to develop land in West Virginia to create a youth camp. The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority made the announcement earlier this week.

Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization, plans to build an adventure camp in Nicholas County close to Mt. Nebo.

The organization has 35 camps around the globe according to their website. In a release, Young Life’s state Director, Scott Berg, said it was the outdoor activities, and landscape that attracted the group to West Virginia.


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Tourism
11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year

National Park visitors spend millions in southern West Virginia communities.
Credit National Park Service

A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.

The report says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the Gauley River National Recreation Area in 2013.

In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park  Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.

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Inside Appalachia
9:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mountaintop Removal Concerns, "Food Tourism," Nostalgic Rebirth and more

A young yoga skeptic finds interest in the exercises.

Kentucky farmers are testing the nutritional value of hay.

And a music camp carries on the tradition of ole time Appalachian music.

Residents concerned about environmental impact. After approval for a mountain top removal site near Kanawha State Forest, the safety of people living in the area are not the only red flag being raised. As Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Radio reports, the possible effects on plant and animal life are drawing criticism.

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News
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Mapping Appalachia's Food and Farm to Table Destinations

Jennifer "Tootie" Jones raises grass-fed beef and sells to about 14 restaurants and retail shops across W.Va.
Credit Roxy Todd

Agri-tourism is not a new concept to Jennifer "Tootie" Jones. A fifth generation farmer, she raises grass fed beef on Swift Level Farm in Lewisburg. She was one of the farmers who attended yesterday’s event at the Capitol Market. She sells beef to 14 West Virginia restaurants and several retail stores, some of which are featured on a new online map, called Bon Appétit Appalachia, a project by the Appalachian Regional Commission. There’s also a print map, which lists 283 food destinations across the region, including:

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4:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Debate Over ATV Safety In West Virginia

NPR fellow Leah Binkovitz reports on the increase of ATV tourism in West Virginia and concerns over safety and regulation in this report for WBUR's Here & Now.
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There's a debate underway in West Virginia over the all-terrain vehicle. ATVs are a way of life in the state - a local passion and an increasingly important source of revenue. With summer - and riding season - on the way, businesses are looking forward to another flood of ATV tourism dollars.
W.Va. Recreation
8:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

W.Va. Campgrounds Opening for Season

Burnsville Lake Dam
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / recreation.gov

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
 
The corps says the Bakers Run and G.R. Freeman campgrounds at Sutton Lake will open April 18. The Bee Run campground opened on April 1.

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W.Va. Budget Reactions
3:59 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Child Advocacy Groups Question Governor's Priorities

Credit Gov. Tomblin's office (@GovTomblin / Twitter)

Child abuse and poverty prevention advocates are questioning Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s priorities.

Among the $67 million worth of cuts from the budget bill Thursday was about a $1 million reduction in funding for programs meant to prevent child abuse and child poverty.

Governor Tomblin started the 2014 session with a budget that cut funding for programs like In Home Family Education, Family Resource Networks, Child Advocacy Centers and other child abuse prevention programs.

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News
12:22 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Two New Trails Challenge Geocachers

Tim Eggleston and Laura Gassler
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two new geocache trails geared toward tourists open this weekend in West Virginia.

The Cabell County/Huntington Geotrail will take visitors on a treasure hunt through Cabell County looking for 15 caches. The Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau web site says the trail will include various types of geocaches including traditionals, unknowns and multis. This is the first time Cabell County is offering a geocache trail.

Meanwhile, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau kicks off its second annual geocache trail.

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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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Podcast
9:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 28, 2013

The family of an EMT who died on the job honors him with a scholarship to promote his vocation, an online program called West Virginia Welcome helps statewide the hospitality and tourism industries, and Beth Vorhees speaks with horror writer Frank Larnerd discusses his book Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckled Yarns of Appalachia.

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Tourism
7:18 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Online hospitality training raises standard of tourist care across W.Va.

A new, free hospitality training program is available online. WV Welcome is a free course designed to help folks in the tourism industry better serve guests from out of state.

Jerry Henderson became an advocate for hospitality when she opened her own Bed and Breakfast about 20 years ago in Buckhannon.  She now serves as the treasurer of WV Hospitality and Travel Association and says knowing the best ways to be a gracious host is not only good for business, it’s good for the state.

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Podcast
12:23 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Sept. 21, 2013

New environmental regs, coal a tourism draw in southern W.Va, an historic clock in downtown Lexington Ky. restored and Big Stone Gap Va. gets a taste of Hollywood.

WVU Professor on EPA Regulations: With the proposed regulations targeting new coal-fired power plants, one West Virginia University law professor is predicting new challenges for the region’s coal industry.

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