Last updated: 01:16 PM ET, Fri May 01 2015

2015 National Travel and Tourism Week Celebration Underway

Destination & Tourism | U.S. Travel Association | Patrick Clarke | May 01, 2015

2015 National Travel and Tourism Week Celebration Underway

Although holidays like Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day are typically what come to mind when you think about the start of May, the calendar shift also signals the arrival of the U.S.'s annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

This year's spring celebration is set to kick off on Saturday and will continue through May 10, with U.S. Travel Rally Day scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. 

The annual week-long "salute to travel and tourism in America" will feature a plethora of events and outreach efforts aimed at both promoting and showcasing the industry and its overall impact, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

The theme of 2015's celebration is "Travel is...," with the USTA encouraging travelers to customize the phrase by filling in the blank based on what travel is to them. Industry professionals are also encouraged to wear red all week long to show their support for each other.

Over the course of the next week or so, the industry will come together to celebrate its continued growth on a local and national level, with city and state convention and visitor bureaus chipping in to promote travel and tourism along with related events in some cases:

Travelers can participate in the celebration on social media websites like Twitter by using the hashtag #NTTW2015 to join the conversation.

After all, there's plenty to commemorate. 

According to the Lane Report, the industry generates more than $2 trillion for the U.S. economy, including $141.5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments in 2014. What's more, the industry's impact can be measured in employment, with one in every nine American workers linked to travel and tourism. 

National Travel and Tourism Week has been held annually since 1984, the year after it was established via a congressional resolution. 


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