National Travel and Tourism Week
May 7 - May 13, 2017
The Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with "the appropriate ceremonies and activities."
Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.
Congress established National Tourism Week in 1983 to increase awareness of the travel and tourism industry's economic, social, and cultural contributions. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with "the appropriate ceremonies and activities." Industry leaders and public relations professionals from the major travel and tourism trade associations were the first volunteers to manage the annual event. By January 1986 industry leaders had formed a permanent full-time office at the U.S. Travel Association to sponsor the event and expand tourism awareness into year-round programs.
While the public often knows about tourism's direct impact on businesses like attractions, hotels and restaurants, less well-known is the indirect economic impact of tourism on the businesses that keep attractions, hotels and restaurants running. Businesses such as:
· Hardware stores
· Carpet and window distributors and manufacturers
· Plumbing and construction companies.
When visitors come to North Carolina, businesses and citizens win National Travel and Tourism Week will be held 7-13.
This year's theme is Faces of Travel U.S. Travel's advocacy and awareness campaign.
NC Welcome Center Activities
North Carolina's nine Welcome Centers celebrate the occasion by inviting travel partners to help thank visitors for traveling here. Tourism Week provides an excellent opportunity to bring your message directly to visitors in the state seeking travel information. Attractions, accommodations and other tourism-related businesses are invited to contact the individual Welcome Center managers to coordinate participation in Tourism Week; there is no charge to participate, but space is limited and reservations are required. National Travel & Tourism Week activities at the N.C. Welcome Centers will be on May 10 at I-40 West and I-77 North; on May 11 at I-26 East, I-77 South and I-95 North; and May 12 at I-26 West, I-85 North, I-85 South and I-95 South. Each Center's observance will take place 10 am - 2 pm.