West Virginia governor says state hotel occupancy is growing

With Chief of Staff Mike Hall at his side, Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the capitol building on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say hotel occupancy has climbed from last year.
Gov. Jim Justice and other officials announced last week that statewide hotel occupancy grew around 16 percent in June from the same month in 2017. Officials say the growth produced a 20 percent revenue increase from a year earlier.
Justice announced the increase from a newly constructed luxury cabin at Chief Logan State Park last week. Justice’s office said in a news release the cabins will serve visitors to the Hatfield McCoy trail system.
Officials said every region saw increases. The news release said occupancy in the first two quarters of 2018 is up around 12 percent, producing revenue growth of nearly 15 percent.