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.

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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.

 NTTW op-eds
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.

NTTW op-eds
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. 

NTTW op-eds
Get Your Motor Runnin'—Sunday Starts Travel and Tourism Week in Texas (Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau) 
Tourism's Contribution to Economic Growth (Visit Colorado Springs)

 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.

NTTW op-eds:
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.

NTTW op-eds:
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 (ncarpenter@ustravel.org) 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!