Celebrate Travel and Tourism Week May 6-12
It’s amazing how much has changed over the years in Loveland, Colorado. Years ago, Benson Sculpture Garden was started by a small group of people looking to develop a public arts scene. Now, the park boasts 158 pieces of sculpture on permanent display and annually hosts the largest outdoor juried sculpture show and sale in the United States.
One thing that has stayed remarkably the same, though: our industry’s unique emphasis on welcoming visitors from near and far, which has helped position travel and tourism as an economic power in the lives of Loveland residents.
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.
That’s why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors to Loveland, Colorado —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 Loveland, Colorado, and for our country as a whole.
Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Get social and engage with the #VisitLoveland and #NTTW18 hashtags 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 in Loveland, Colorado.