WVU Tourism Collaborative
West Virginia’s natural, cultural, heritage, and manmade resources are a sense of pride for our residents and entice visitors from around the world to come to The Mountain State to experience them. Tourism has become the third largest economic sector in West Virginia.
A West Virginia Ten Year Tourism Plan states that “given changes in demographics, leisure activity participation and visitor expectations, as well as an increasingly competitive environment, the path to continued tourism growth in West Virginia must be well thought out and deliberate in order to maximize the state’s tourism potential.”
The WVU Tourism Collaborative is a trans-disciplinary initiative comprised of West Virginia University faculty members from various Colleges and Departments with a wide range of tourism development and marketing expertise. The partnership includes:
- The Extension Service
- The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources Program
- The College of Business and Economics
- The Landscape Architecture/Environmental Design Program
- The College of Creative Arts
- The Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
- The Department of Public Administration
- The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
- The Community Design Team
Through research-based knowledge and strategies, the WVU Tourism Collaborative provides tourism development and marketing assistance to guide destinations throughout West Virginia through the Tourism Lifecycle.
The WVU Tourism Collaborative believes that the tourism support it provides should embrace the following principles:
- Participation – A diverse constituency should be involved in and benefit from tourism.
- Sustainability – Tourism should help to sustain or improve West Virginia’s economy, society, and environment.
- Lasting Engagement – We are committed to the long-term success of projects we engage in.
Learn more about the Members of the WVU Tourism Collaborative
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