Parkersburg CVB to hold tourism seminars

PARKERSBURG – National Travel and Tourism Week is from May 4 to 12.

The Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission that week is two-fold – encourage the public to re-discover attractions in their own backyard and tourism partners and small businesses to attend two specialty seminars.

“Travel and tourism supports 14 million jobs across the nation, including many right here in Greater Parkersburg,” said Mark Lewis, Greater Parkersburg CVB president. “National Tourism Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of travel in our community. This is also a great chance for area business, events, and organizations to get to know the bureau better and how it can benefit them in their endeavors.”

The CVB will host two unique seminars focusing on hospitality training and small business success.

May 6, Hospitality Education – A comprehensive, half-day training course designed and developed by West Virginians to improve the quality of service that all guests of the mountain state receive. Identical sessions will be presented by John Sorrenti from the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office. Sessions are planned for May 6 (10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.) at the Fort Boreman Room, Judge Black Annex in downtown Parkersburg. The seminar is open to bureau partners at no cost.

May 7, Business Growth, Building Relationships, Building Our Community – The Greater Parkersburg and Marietta CVBs are teaming up to offer a special seminar May 7. This session will show you step by step how to conduct a professional sales meeting and how to generate more business. The seminar will take place at the Lafayette Hotel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $49 per person. (Greater Parkersburg CVB is offering 10 scholarships to bureau partners.) Reservations are required.

Travel and tourism is a $105 million industry for Wood County providing 1,040 jobs and generating $21 million in local wages and $858,000 in local tax revenue. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. Travel and tourism further supports employees in other industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

For more details and to reserve a space at each seminar: Bureau office at (304) 428-1130 or email