Join us September 8-11, 2024 in beautiful Charleston, West Virginia. Registration is open. Get ready for a knowledge-charged conference where you will hear from leading experts in the tourism industry. We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2024

We are delighted to be holding this year’s conference on September 8-11 at Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in the Metro Valley region. The conference will be full of education and networking opportunities for tourism professionals of all backgrounds – from students entering the field to seasoned experts looking to hone their skills and reconnect with colleagues. We hope you’ll join us!

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Conference Fast Facts

DATES: September 8-11, 2024

LOCATION: Charleston Coliseum
& Convention Center

200 Civic Center Dr, Charleston, WV 25301

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Start planning your visit to the Metro Valley by submitting your conference registration and exploring the tentative event program.

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2024 Stars of Almost Heaven Awards

The annual Stars of Almost Heaven Awards are an opportunity for the West Virginia Department of Tourism to recognize industry partners across the state for their achievements in advertising, marketing and public relations, as well as their contributions to the tourism industry in West Virginia.

*Submissions are closed.

2024 Innovators’ Showdown

The mission behind the Innovators Showdown is to spread good ideas in Almost Heaven. This new session will put the spotlight on new programs and projects that creative West Virginians have developed throughout all aspects of the tourism industry.

*Submissions are closed.

Application for K-12 Educator Scholarships

Each year, we provide a limited number of scholarships for k-12 teachers, counselors and administrators in West Virginia to attend the Governor’s Conference on Tourism for free. These scholarships also include the cost of hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference. Our goal in providing these scholarships is to share knowledge directly with tourism educators and to create direct connections between the educators and tourism industry leaders across the state.

Please apply by August 1, 2024 for best consideration for the Septembers 8-11, 2024 conference.

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Have any questions?

Reach out to Brenna Dugan, Organizational Communications Coordinator, at

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