Latest Mostly True Fact-checks in Tourism Jim Justice stated on September 19, 2018 in a tweet: "WV's tourism industry grew at a rate 30% above the national rate in 2017. This increase reversed a four-year decline in which travel-generated spending fell more than $600 million." Jay Roberts stated on March 31, 2015 in a House floor debate: About 85 percent of hotel guests who will pay the new $5 hotel/motel fee will be from outside Georgia. Michael T. Owens stated on April 1, 2015 in a news report: A $5-a-night hotel/motel tax that’s part of the transportation bill will hurt Georgia’s convention business by adding extra costs for large groups coming to the state. Nan Rich stated on July 11, 2014 in a speech to the Florida Press Association: "Tourism and retirees are the dominant economic engines in our state." Kasim Reed stated on August 7, 2013 in a radio interview: Atlanta now has as many visitors as Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. Orlando, Fla., and New York City still have more visitors. Kathleen Ford stated on August 6, 2013 in a mayoral debate: "There is no planned air-conditioned restaurant out on the Lens." Rick Scott stated on September 14, 2011 in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe": Says the Panhandle has had its highest-ever bed tax collections in 2011. Betty Sutton stated on March 3, 2011 in a House committee hearing: "Lake Erie supports nearly 10 percent of Ohio's jobs and generates $750 million in state and local taxes."