LOGAN, W.Va. — It is now estimated by the marketing group Miles Media that people visit around 34 websites when planning a vacation.
Hotels, activities, amenities, parks, restaurants, plays, movies and travel options are all searched by prospective vacationers.
Online impressions of vacation destinations have skyrocketed in recent years and the potential for continued growth remains.
In the vein of the ever-expanding role of the area’s tourism industry, a film crew shooting videos for the magazine “Budget Travel” was in Logan County September 28.
The magazine reportedly focuses on giving prospective travelers the most bang for their buck and showcases travel destinations not usually on the beaten path.
Debrina Williams, with the Hatfield and McCoy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, explained, “We are delighted to be included in Budget Travel’s footage for this reason. We are happy to highlight what we have in our area from our trail system to the restaurants and lodging. We want people to know what’s here because we have a lot to offer.”
The film crew explained they had been tasked by Budget Travel to compile videos highlighting West Virginia.
The group recently completed shooting in Morgantown, Lewisburg and Huntington.
While in Logan, the group visited restaurants and shops in downtown Logan before taking a tour of the area’s outdoor majesty on the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System’s Bearwallow Trail.
The release of the videos on the Budget Travel website is set for the spring of 2017.
Christ Zeto, with Hatfield and McCoy Trails, noted, “We are happy to showcase the hard work we do. We are proud of our area.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]