Here are some of the top moments of NTTW 2016.
Last week, we wrapped another successful National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW). This year's theme, "Travel '16," channels the purpose of NTTW—to focus national attention on the importance of travel—to reflect the travel industry's goal of ensuring that travel, and its positive impact on the economy and our lives, remains part of the conversation this election season.
Major events to mark the week were staged in over 400 U.S. cities, and even members of Congress proudly endorsed "Travel '16." Here are some of the top moments of NTTW 2016:
1.) The U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring National Travel and Tourism Week.
— MarriottPublicPolicy (@MarriottPOV) April 29, 2016
Sen. Amy Klobuchar sponsored S. Res. 451, a Senate resolution supporting the goals and ideals of NTTW, and spotlighting the valuable contributions of travel and tourism to the U.S.
2.) CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske kicked off #NTTW16 at LAX.
It’s National Travel and Tourism Week! To help kick it off, Commissioner #Kerlikowske was at @flylaxairport yesterday to talk about how #CBP facilitates lawful travel while safeguarding our borders. CBP is gearing up for the busy summer travel season where we anticipate processing between 30,000 and 40,000 international travelers at LAX every day. Travelers have more options than ever before to expedite their entry into the U.S. including Trusted Traveler Programs like #GlobalEntry, Automated Passport Control kiosks and the Mobile Passport app. At #LAX more than 50% of travelers use APC kiosks to expedite their entry. We encourage travelers to familiarize themselves with all options available to them and be a #readytraveler this summer. #NTTW16 #traveling #summer #customs #immigration #travel #travelers @ustravel_association
3.) Travel leaders met with lawmakers during a record seven Travel Talks in one week.
— Power of Travel (@TravelCoalition) May 3, 2016
The Power of Travel Coalition's signature event series provides lawmakers with valuable exposure to the impact of travel in their communities.
4.) Two travel champions in the House of Representatives went on the record in support of travel.
Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), a co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus and recipient of the Distinguished Travel Champion award from the U.S. Travel Association, delivered a one-minute speech on the House floor in honor of NTTW.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), also a co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus and Distinguished Travel Champion, recognized NTTW in a video message, praising travel's benefits on both a local and national level and expressing his commitment to passing travel-friendly legislation.
5.) The Phillie Phanatic showed up at Travel Rally Day in Philadelphia.
6.) Washington, D.C. announced a record year for tourism to the city.
— Destination DC (@destinationdc) May 3, 2016
7.) West Virginians conquered their fear of heights for NTTW.
— Wild, Wonderful WV (@GoToWV) May 2, 2016
8.) New Orleans paraded through the French Quarter.
— New Orleans CVB (@NewOrleansCVB) May 3, 2016
9.) Virginia Beach hit the road to show how everyone is part of the "bigger picture" of tourism to the city.
— Virginia Beach CVB (@CVBVaBeach) May 3, 2016
10.) In Buffalo, N.Y., 600 people (including Brand USA's Chief Marketing Officer) attended an awards ceremony honoring travel and tourism leaders.
— VisitBuffaloNiagara (@BuffaloNiagara) May 3, 2016
11.) Visit Jacksonville staged a beach cleanup.
12.) Travel Portland invaded Pioneer Square.
— Travel Portland (@travelportland) May 3, 2016
13.) Orlando announced a record 66 million visitors in 2015.
14.) An NTTW flash mob surprised Las Vegas.
— Golden Nugget (@GoldenNuggetLV) May 4, 2016
15.) A senator's staff sang the praises of Greenville, S.C.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) May 4, 2016
16.) Los Angeles showed off its best parts.
17.) NTTW celebrants strolled through downtown El Paso.
Our free Downtown Walking Tour has kicked off! #NTTW16 #ItsAllGoodEP #ThisPlaceMatters This tour wraps up our series of National Travel and Tourism week events! Thanks to all who joined us. Today's tour is led by Bernie Sargent of the El Paso Historical Commission, and performing troupe Six Guns and Shady Ladies.
18.) The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region in Oregon made its hiking trails viewable to anyone, anywhere.
19.) Topeka made some chocolate-coated treats.
When people think of tourism, they usually think of attractions and hotels, but our stores are just as important! Hazel Hill is a great example of a business that treats both the locals and visitors like rockstars. Did you know they offer tours of their store and the opportunity to help make a sweet treat? Everyone in the shop displays passion and love for what they do, and there are many more shops in Topeka that do the same. Thank you @hazelhillchocolates for coating gummy bears and potato chips in chocolate. #NTTW16 #Topeka #Kansas #TopCityEats #chocolate #travelisjobs #tourism
20.) Visit Plano took to the skies with its very own hot air balloon.
— Visit Plano (@visitplano) May 4, 2016
21.) Visit Gainesville celebrated NTTW with a bed-making competition.
— Visit Gainesville (@Gainesville) May 3, 2016
Someone's got to keep it tidy.
22.) Ruston, L.A. took over the airwaves with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
23.) Memphis put some music on.
— Memphis (@MemphisTravel) May 3, 2016
24.) San Antonio hung out with a feathered friend, and it was a hoot.
25.) Columbia, S.C. brought a racecar driver to the Cola Museum.
— Jordan Anderson (@j66anderson) April 29, 2016
26.) And Nashville did what it does best.
— Nashville Tennessee (@visitmusiccity) May 3, 2016
All across America, travel is something to celebrate. In 2015, travelers spent $947 billion, generating more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity. Travel now supports 15.1 million jobs, employing one in nine Americans, with 8.1 million good-paying jobs in the industry itself and seven million across other sectors of the economy.
This is just a sample of some of the hundreds of events that took place last week. Check out #NTTW16 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see all the creative ways travel was celebrated this NTTW.