National Travel & Tourism Week

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National Travel and Tourism Week—America's annual salute to travel and tourism—was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. This week of events serves to champion the power of our industry.

Travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy. The travel community marks the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local governments.

What is National Travel and Tourism Week?

 
  • National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 33rd year, is the annual salute to travel in America. It is traditionally celebrated during the first full week of May.
  • Communities nationwide will unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers,business leaders and local media with rallies, events and other activities.
  • This NTTW, travel is “hitting the campaign trail” to highlight its positive impact on all our lives. Our theme? “Travel ’16.”
  • Travel is a job creator, economic engine, educator, pro-family and pro-health … Travel is a primary industry that works for America.

Travel is one of America’s largest industries.


  • Travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.
  • Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $927.9 billion by domestic and international travelers in 2014.
  • The travel industry directly generated $141.5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. 
  • Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $29,398 a second.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,147 MORE in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel industry.

Travel is one of America’s largest employers.


  • Travel supports more than 15 million jobs in the U.S.—8 million in direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs. 
  • One in every 9 American jobs depends on travel.
  • Travel is one of the top 10 employers of American workers in 49 of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 
  • Since the employment recovery began, the travel industry has added 917,000 jobs and has outpaced job growth in the rest of the economy by 26 percent.

Travel is America’s largest services export industry.


  • Travel generated $220.8 billion in travel exports in 2014 (international travelers paid a total of $43.5 billion in passenger fare receipts).
  • The U.S. travel and tourism industry generated nearly $75 billion in trade surplus for the U.S. economy in 2014.
  • Travel now accounts for 10 percent of all U.S. exports of goods and services.
All data from U.S. Travel Association, unless otherwise noted.
U.S. Department of Commerce, 2015
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