National Travel and Tourism Week 2019 (NTTW) kicked off on May 5, with cities and destinations across the country organizing hundreds of events and celebrations during the week.
This year’s theme is “Travel Matters,” a recognition of the innumerable ways travel drives the economy, enriches lives and strengthens communities. Each day of NTTW will spotlight a different example of why travel matters to America.
The week will also see proclamations, events, press conferences, luncheons and award ceremonies nationwide. Use the interactive NTTW event map to find a celebration nearest you.
Highlights from the week:
Sunday: Travel Matters to the Economy
Destinations shared travel’s impact on their local economies.
— AAA Travel (@AAA_Travel) May 5, 2019
— Visit The Woodlands (@TheWoodlandsCVB) May 5, 2019
— Visit Mississippi (@visitms) May 5, 2019
We are excited for National Travel Tourism Week. Travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy in 2018 across all U.S. industries. Here in Huntsville, see the economic impact from 2017. #NTTW19 @USTravel pic.twitter.com/FuMSw6SADZ
— VisitHuntsvilleAL (@Go2HuntsvilleAL) May 5, 2019
It's Travel and Tourism Week in South Dakota (Governor Kristi Noem)
Tourism Week: It’s a Big Deal (Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell)
Become a Tourist in Your Own Hometown (Visit Gainesville, Alachua County)
Monday: Travel Matters to New Experiences
Destinations shared unique experiences in their communities.
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What’s your first memory of traveling? Mine was with my parents, two sisters and family dog. We would load up in the Station wagon with a cooler of bologna sandwiches and chips to make the 8 hour trip to Pennsylvania to see our cousins, aunts and uncles. We would leave around 4am and I loved that we got to wear our pajamas and have our pillows. #travelmatters #travel #familymemories #familystrong @ustravel_association
In celebration of #NTTW19, we're talking about how travel matters for new experiences. From incredible cuisine to exciting outdoor adventure and much more, Albuquerque offers new experiences in spades. #TrueABQ #TravelMatters https://t.co/8MYdrwvmnF
— Visit Albuquerque (@VisitABQ) May 6, 2019
— VisitClarksville (@Clarksville_CVB) May 6, 2019
Today we're continuing to highlight National Travel and Tourism Week. This year's theme is #TravelMatters. Travel plays a vital role in new experiences. If you're visiting #Vegas for the first time, don't miss the #WelcomeToFabulousLasVegas sign! #nttw2019 pic.twitter.com/bgzXc5iKfz
— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) May 6, 2019
Why Travel Matters to Anne Arundel Residents (Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau)
Why Travel Matters in Louisiana’s Lafourche Parish (Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism)
Tuesday: Travel Matters to Our Jobs
Destinations shared travel's impact on their local workforces.
— Destination DC (@destinationdc) May 7, 2019
Did you know the travel industry supports 15.7 million American jobs & generates $2.5 trillion for our economy? As co-chair of Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus, I've worked to advance policies to strengthen & grow the tourism industry in Missouri & across the country #TravelMatters pic.twitter.com/xFFvoQTw6n
— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) May 6, 2019
— MI Restaurant & Lodging Assoc. (@TheOfficialMRLA) May 7, 2019
— Hayley Riggs (@HayleyKRiggs) May 7, 2019
Get Your Motor Runnin'—Sunday Starts Travel and Tourism Week in Texas (Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Wednesday: Travel Matters to Keeping America Connected
Transportation infrastructure is the central pillar that keeps our country connected and links us to the rest of the world.
Travel does matter. Travel and tourism means big business for the United States, including manufacturers. And, he U.S. tourism industry plays a critical role in creating jobs and boosting our economy. #NTTW19 https://t.co/C1Zg9VZlhr
— Sec. Wilbur Ross (@SecretaryRoss) May 8, 2019
Break away from the beaten path and take the road less traveled. Explore one of Louisiana’s 18 scenic byways and connect with locals to experience our #OnlyLouisiana culture first hand. #NTTW19 #TravelMatters https://t.co/wQ7fnOco9a pic.twitter.com/wP9P9zTJoI
— Louisiana Travel (@LouisianaTravel) May 8, 2019
Before mobile phones and the Internet made us closer, there was TRAVEL! Travel links us to various cultures and walks of life. Whether we fly back to our childhood homes or fly to another country, travel matters because it keeps us connected! #nttw19 #flydtw pic.twitter.com/e7HLXm9bXe
— DTW Airport (@DTWeetin) May 8, 2019
There are a number of ways to experience Alaska. No matter what way you’re experiencing the state - by air, land or sea - you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime in the Last Frontier. #nttw19 #TravelAlaska pic.twitter.com/IzoCnMVKoD
— Travel Alaska (@TravelAlaska) May 8, 2019
We spent yesterday afternoon at @LITAirport welcoming travelers to Little Rock as a part of National Travel & Tourism Week! A big thanks to everyone who came out to join us! #LoveLittleRock #NTTW19 pic.twitter.com/F1YIW2Iyp4
— Little Rock CVB (@LittleRockCVB) May 8, 2019
Delaware Should Nurture Its $3 Billion-Plus Tourism Industry (Delaware Tourism Office)
Get out There and Go—Travel and Tourism Matter (VISIT Lake Geneva)
Thursday: Travel Matters to Health
Travel can reduce stress, improve heart health and create stronger connections with loved ones, which leads to better health overall and a greater sense of well-being.
— Alamo Rent A Car (@Alamo) May 9, 2019
In 2017, Americans left behind 705 million vacation days. Is it time you take a break? A weekend getaway is all you need to reap the health benefits of travel. Ideas on what to do in Omaha any of the 52 weekends of the year: https://t.co/di8K4kzO1n #nttw19
— Visit Omaha (@VisitOmaha) May 10, 2019
Americans taking all or most of their vacation days to travel report being 20% happier with their relationships and 56% happier with their health. #TravelMatters #PlanForVacation #nttw19 pic.twitter.com/QGRiky1Omh
— The Natchez Trace (@TheNatchezTrace) May 10, 2019
May 5-11 is National Travel and Tourism Week, #nttw19.
Americans using most of their vacation days to travel report being 20% happier with their relationships & 56% happier with their health than those who travel little.
Come out and explore our curious communities! #ThisIsIowa pic.twitter.com/ElMKFXabBz
— Think Iowa City (@thinkiowacity) May 10, 2019
Recognizing the Importance of Tourism (Vermont State Representative Heidi Scheuermann)
We will be updating this post throughout the week. Check back to see if we feature a celebration from your city or submit your celebration to Nikki Carpenter (email@example.com) for a chance to be featured on the blog or in the recap video.
Don’t forget to include #nttw19 and #TravelMatters in all of your social media posts—we are looking forward to seeing all of the ways travel matters to you!