Hundreds of travel organizations and businesses across the United States are celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with in-person events, spotlighting the critical role that travel plays in driving economic growth and recovery through the theme the "Future of Travel." The country's support for the industry is trending on Twitter and other platforms, with posts from Puerto Rico and Mississippi to Philadelphia and San Diego using the #NTTW22 and #FutureOfTravel hashtags.
This year’s theme underscores travel’s bright future, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and how the industry can restore the workforce, help communities accelerate economic recovery, foster sustainability, usher in new innovations and reconnect travelers of all backgrounds.
“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S. — evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in driving America’s recovery and future economic growth,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel.
Held every year during the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to underscore the economic power of travel in the United States. The 39th annual NTTW arrives as the industry looks for new growth and success following the challenges of the past two years.
“The hundreds of live events our industry has planned during NTTW is proof that the future of travel is not behind a screen, but together and in person,” said Dow. “After two years of mostly virtual meetings, it is encouraging to see travel organizations across America return to in-person rallies and spotlight the collective strength of our industry and where we are headed.
Dow will join Destination DC president and CEO Elliott Ferguson, Brand USA president and CEO Chris Thompson, and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, for an NTTW rally at Northeast D.C.’s Union Market Hi-Lawn on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. ET.