DCVB Representatives will also be attending the “Georgia on my Mind Day” at the Kingsland Visitor Information Center on May 11, 2012 in honor of National Tourism Week to promote DeKalb County to travelers. The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.
According to the U.S. Travel Association’s 2011 data, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries and has generated $1.9 trillion in economic output, with $813 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.1 trillion in other industries.
Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers. Tourism supported 14.4 million jobs, including 7.5 million directly in the travel industry and 6.9 million in other industries. 1 out of every 9 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.
National Tourism Week was established when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” For more information about National Tourism Week, visit USTravel.org.