We welcome the ongoing efforts to link Mercer County to the more than 500 miles of existing Hatfield-McCoy Trails. The trail system — already a tremendous success story for southern West Virginia — stands to grow even more with the addition of Mercer County and its close proximity to interstates 77 and 81.Yeah, southern West Virginia is booming. And that 500 miles of existing trails have brought the renaissance about.
These out-of-town visitors who will travel to the trail system from I-77 and I-81 will also be bringing new tourism dollars into our region, helping to support local stores, convenience stations, hotels and motels, bed and breakfast establishments, state parks, ATV shops, malls and department stores. This influx of new visitors will be a win-win for the entire region.
We eagerly anticipate the long-awaited opening of the Mercer County leg of the Hatfield-McCoy trail system.
Skipping past the "ATV shops, local stores, and convenience stations" - which come and go - many of which have come and gone - a look at new construction of hotels and motels in southern West Virginia quickly shows that there is no there there. Where's the boom, fellas? Where are the new Holiday Inns? Where are the expansions? As for malls, there's only one, to my knowledge, in the entire region. (This would lead one to believe that I'm right). And that's the Mercer Mall in Bluefield, which has been around for twenty years and is nowhere near a trail. So what's that all about? Department stores? Where? In Welch? Are you kidding?
A helpful bit of advice to all editorialists: Ignore the happy horseshit that government entities spew about how great tourism is and look around you. They are known to give out wildly inaccurate information - mostly because they're paid to - about the millions of tourism dollars that are flowing into the region, when there is absolutely no concrete evidence that that's the case. Look around.
"We eagerly anticipate the long-awaited ..."
Go no further. Long-awaited is right.