WV Division of Tourism
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South Charleston, WV 25303
Rand McNally and USA TODAY - Search for the Best of the Road®
Rand McNally and USA TODAY announce a call for friends, family, colleagues or co-workers to put their town on the map and be named the Best of the Road. The inaugural search for the Best of the Road will enlist five teams to drive from New York to Los Angeles in search of the best small towns in America.
Now through May 31, Americans can nominate and vote for their favorite towns and attractions to be named points of interest (POI) for the Best of the Road contest. The top POIs -- whether it’s the Best Beach, Best Chili Dog or another attraction not to be missed -- will land a permanent spot on Rand McNally’s new travel Web site and a place in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas, as well as on USA TODAY's Travel Web page.
Please visit www.bestoftheroad.com to submit your nomination.
Smith Travel Research Hotel/Motel Statistics for First Quarter 2011
Occupancy Rate = 53.7% - Up 4.7%
Average Daily Rate (ADR) = $76.82 – Up 4.2%
Revenue per Available Room = $41.22 – Up 9.2%
Room Demand (number of rooms sold) = 1,306,491 – Up 6%
Source: Smith Travel Research)
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases Slightly in April
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased in March, improved in April. The Index now stands at 65.4 (1985=100), up from 63.8 in March.
Says Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer confidence, which had declined sharply in March, posted a modest gain in April. Consumers’ short-term outlook improved slightly, suggesting that the uncertainty expressed last month is easing. Inflation expectations, which had spiked, retreated somewhat in April. Although confidence remains weak, consumers’ assessment of current conditions gained ground for the seventh straight month, a sign that the economic recovery continues.”
Ten Civil War Trails signs installed in Charleston
Ten informational Civil War markers have been installed throughout Charleston, with the last sign installed at the historic Craik-Patton House. The Civil War Trails program includes Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than 1,000 markers throughout the five states. A total of 150 signs are posted throughout West Virginia.
West Virginia Tourism has been selected for a SW Resources 2010 Business Award. Recipients include Jane Bostic and Christina Fowler. This will be given at the annual SW Resources Awards Banquet held May 24, 2011 at The Blennerhassett Hotel.
Joe Black has been re-elected to the Southeast Chapter of Travel & Tourism Research Association Board of Directors (SETTRA). The goal of SETTRA is to increase the understanding and knowledge of tourism research within the industry and among tourism researchers. SETTRA is composed of twelve states, which include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.