Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Tourism officials say visitors to West Virginia spent nearly $4.4 billion in 2008.
A study released Monday by the West Virginia Division of Tourism found that all visitors spent about $12 million a day in the state.
Visitors who stayed overnight in commercial lodging facilities spent $1.4 billion last year, and day travelers spent $2.1 billion, largely on gambling and entertainment.
Adjusted for inflation, travel spending has increased by 4.5 percent from 2000 to 2008.
According to the study, travel spending generated $591 million in state and local tax revenues and directly supported 44,000 jobs with earnings of $912 million.
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