During the week of May 6-12, National Travel and Tourism Week 2018 celebrates “Travel Then and Now!”
Travel Then and Now
Even if we weren’t there at the time, many are likely familiar with the landmarks and must see areas of the popular vacation spots. It’s amazing to look back and see how much has changed over the years, such as Las Vegas Strip.
One thing that has stayed remarkably the same, though: our industry’s unique emphasis on welcoming visiting locations near and far, which has helped position travel and tourism as an economic power.
Nationwide, the travel industry is a top-10 employer in 49 states and the District of Columbia. International travel is our country’s No. 2 export. One in nine Americans depend on travel to and within the U.S. for their employment—and it’s not just those directly working in the travel industry, either: overall, travel supports 15.6 million jobs and is a $2.4 trillion U.S. industry.
In 2017, travel generated $75.6 billion in state and local tax revenue, more than enough to pay all state and local police and fire fighters, or 1.25 million public school teachers (preschool and k—12) across the U.S. Travel is powerful for cities and states to thrive!
Think back on how travel to Florida looked for a visitor in 1960s. You’re probably conjuring up images of quaint mom-and-pop businesses, like tour operators, hotels and restaurants, and forest. Now re-envision 2018: the clothing styles may have changed, but the strength of small businesses supported by travel has not.
That’s why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors, and why our industry is highlighting “Travel Then and Now” during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2018, May 6-12. We encourage you to join us in observing NTTW this year, and celebrate all that travel does for our country as a whole.
Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Get social and engage with the #NTTW18 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Share your welcome with simple gestures such as a video message or picture and put that on your social media feed.
For more great ideas and resources, check out this toolkit from the U.S. Travel Association.
This year’s NTTW is more than just another campaign. It’s a movement that positions the travel industry as a primary driver in the U.S. economy, and an important part of our daily lives!
Las Vegas Then and Now
Fremont Street in 1952- By Edward N. Edstrom – Photo taken by my father, Edward N. Edstrom, and released to the public domain by me, his son, Gary B. Edstrom.Transferred from to Commons., Public Domain, Link
Fremont Street in the late 60s- By https://www.flickr.com/photos/that_chrysler_guy/ – https://www.flickr.com/photos/that_chrysler_guy/7161539179/, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Fremont Street in 1983- By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Fremont Street in today’s day- By Jean-Christophe BENOIST – Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link
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