Wood County Commission discusses local tourism, hotel-motel tax

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 2:52 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - One of the uses the Wood County Commission plans for forthcoming “American Recovery Act” money is the Wood County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It heard Thursday from the head of the bureau about the state of the local tourism industry during the pandemic.

While the convention bureau says a bus tour is planned through the area later this spring, several annual festivals have already announced cancellations for the second year in a row.

”The guidance we’ve received from the governor is, we can have groups or meetings of more than 100 people, CVB President Mark Lewis told the commission. “But how can you accomplish that in a safe way when you’ve not got enough people vaccinated, and still too many people coming down with the virus?”

Wood County’s hotel-motel tax saw a large drop in revenues this past year-money the commission plans to bolster with federal dollars.

Wood County is to get more than $16 million in funding from the stimulus plan approved earlier this year by Congress.

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