National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic growth and building the path forward through the theme Future of Travel.
This year’s theme elevates how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, foster sustainability, usher in new innovations and reconnect travelers in the U.S. and around the world.
Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 39th annual NTTW (May 1-7) arrives as the industry looks ahead to future growth and success following the challenges of the past two years.
“NTTW has special significance this year as the travel industry looks ahead to a bright future,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry and how we are rebuilding to be more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive in the months and years to come.
“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,” added Dow.
According to the Mississippi Tourism Economic Contribution Report, in fiscal year 2021, Starkville was one of Mississippi’s top 10 most visited cities and over that time period visitors to Starkville spent $103,169,100. There are more than 1,200 people employed in the tourism industry in Oktibbeha County, accounting for 5.9% of total employment.
“National Travel and Tourism Week provides us with an opportunity to showcase and celebrate Mississippi’s 4th largest industry and its impact on our economy. Travel is key to our continued recovery from the effects of COVID-19 and this year’s theme, Future of Travel, is a way for us to highlight its impact,” said Director of Tourism Paige Hunt.
Please visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.