It looks like the declining tourism industry isn't just a problem for Southwest Virginia. Here's similar disturbing news from an area of the state that has always been a strong tourist mecca:
Tourism officials hope to get boost from inaugurationTo think: Congressman Boucher and his gaggle of local politicians have hitched our wagon to this lame horse.
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
Not only was Tim Kaine only the third governor to be sworn in at the former Capitol in Williamsburg, but he will be the chief state executive for next year's massive 400th anniversary celebration of the landing at Jamestown.
Williamsburg officials hope that in return for providing that added sheen of history to Kaine's inauguration, this weekend's ceremonies will provide a needed boost for their historical sites.
Tourism in the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown has declined over the past several years. Ten years ago, Williamsburg attracted more than 1 million people a year. Since then visitation has fallen about 25 percent, to between 700,000 and 800,000 people a year, according to Jim Bradley, spokesman for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
In 2003 alone, visitation declined 10 percent, followed by another drop in 2004. Last year looked a little better, Bradley said. (link)
Thanks for nothing.