Are the “Faces of Travel” part of your vacation plans?

Last updated: August 30, 2021

Join us as we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week in Mercer County! From May 7-13, we’ll pay tribute to all the human interactions that propel our economy.

A team sport

You know what they say: “no man is an island.” That’s especially true when it comes to travel. From the moment we book an ATV tour or make a hotel reservation, our plans go far beyond our personal calendar.

Just check out these facts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the travel industry creates the most exports— 11.2 percent in 2016. Compared to other economic drivers, tourism recovered much faster from the recession, too. It’s also the top 10 employer for 49 states.

That’s especially the case with West Virginia. Our state’s wild, wonderful scenery inspires a host of industries, from adventure outfitters to small-town cafes. If you’ve ever toured the state, you’ll know that other businesses also play a role. Ever pulled over for some ice cream? Of course!

Making it count in Mercer

Tourism is a top employer for us, too. Take a look at these Mercer County statistics, straight from a Dean Runyon study from the West Virginia Division of Tourism!

  • Tourism industries: 1,110
  • How much people spend in tourism related industries: $111.4 million
  • Taxes generated: $81.7 million
  • Average household savings from tourism spending: $316

It’s easy to see how tourism is a force of its own. Every adventure, meal, and souvenir counts. At the very least, you’ll never think of National Travel and Tourism Week in the same way!

Mercer connections

This year’s theme is “Faces of Travel.” After all, human interactions are inseparable from business trips and vacations. Who will you meet in Mercer County? What stories will you bring home?

If you’re in the area, see what personal connections you can make. Sign up for guided off-road trips, go exploring with a park ranger, or try southern comfort food, fresh from the farm. We bet you’ll meet some fascinating characters along the way.

While you’re at it, stop by our Convention and Visitors’ Bureau for travel tips, advice, and even more “faces of travel.” We can’t wait to meet you!

In fact, let’s introduce ourselves— the “faces of Mercer County CVB”:

Jamie Null, Executive Director

Karen Morris, Marketing Director

Erica Seibert, Hospitality Specialist

If you have any questions or need advice about group trips, feel free to call us at 1-800-221-3206 or send us an email. We’ll help create the Mercer County journey you envision. After all, that’s our job!

In honor of National Tourism and Travel Week, enjoy this video that features some of the many things that make Mercer County a unique travel destination. Happy trails!