Thursday, May 11, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week 2017





National Travel and Tourism Week 2017


Many of us are likely familiar with the frequently touted (and research-proven) positive effects of travel on our work performance, relationships and personal well-being. But, with all the national conversation about creating and keeping good American jobs, how much thought do we give to travel’s economic power in our lives?



It certainly deserves our attention. Travel is a top-10 employer in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The industry played a major role in America’s economic recovery post-recession—and now, travel is our country’s number one service export, accounting for 11 percent of all U.S. exports in 2015. The U.S. travel industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has recovered far faster than other economic sectors since 2008. Spending by travelers everywhere in the U.S., which currently totals over $947 billion annually, supports 15.1 million American jobs. That’s one in nine Americans whose employment depends upon plenty of travelers moving to and within the U.S. 
In Gallia County alone, one in every 14 jobs is supported by tourism.  



Our industry is one that relies on human interaction—whether it’s the front desk clerk at a hotel, the tour guide in a historic district, or the ticketing agent at an airport, our people are what make America a great place to visit, and keep our industry strong. That’s why, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2017, May 7-13, our industry is shining the spotlight on the people behind our nation’s travel industry with this year’s theme—“Faces of Travel”—and highlighting the need to craft smart, travel-friendly government policies that keep their jobs flourishing.  In Appalachia specifically, word-of-mouth is incredibly important for tourism. Travelers learn about what we have to offer mostly through our community members. One waitress' shopping suggestion can impact our economy.


This year’s NTTW is more than just another campaign. It’s a movement that positions the travel industry as a primary driver in the U.S. economy and an important part of our daily lives. For more information about Gallia County Tourism check out www.visitgallia.com or facebook.com/GalliaCountyConventionAndVisitorsBureau !


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