Did you know last week was National Travel and Tourism Week?
Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, this week of events serves to champion the power of the travel industry. 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.
Here in town, The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau held our fourth annual Party in the Park celebration in Court Square on May 9. It was a celebration of all things Memphis, but also a chance for us to show the economic impact travel and tourism has on our city.
Did you know tourism brings 11.5 million visitors a year to our city? It’s also responsible for more than 35,000 jobs in tourism and hospitality in Memphis and Shelby County. It all adds up to account for $3.2 billion annual visitor expenditures.
Pretty impressive, huh?
This year’s theme was “The Faces of Travel”. In my opinion, everyone who engages with tourists and visitors is a face of travel because everyone has something positive and unique to add to our ever-evolving narrative. We all have the opportunity to be ambassadors of the bluff city. Let’s face it… our city is ground zero for so many cool things and continues to innovate today.
If you’d like to learn more about how travel and tourism affects our city, please read this wonderful cover story from the Memphis Flyer.
On behalf of all of us at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Center, thanks for all that you do to make Memphis a highly sought after destination and experience. Until next time, don’t forget to join us for MemTalks coming up on June 22.