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National Travel & Tourism Week – May 1-7

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Girlfriends enjoying a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains

VISIT NC SMOKIES IS THE POWER OF TRAVEL

National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) spotlights the dynamic, innovative future of the U.S. travel industry.

This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and promising future of the U.S. travel and tourism industry.

The 39th annual NTTW, taking place May 1-7, recognizes the Future of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in rebuilding the workforce, helping communities recover, fostering sustainability, ushering in new innovations and reconnecting travelers in the U.S. and around the world.

Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. Travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S. Here in Haywood County, more than 1,720 jobs were directly attributable to travel & tourism. State tax revenues generated from travel to Haywood County are $9.3 million and local tax revenues are $9.6 million. As a result of tourism, the tax savings per Haywood County resident is $297.42.

While the industry was hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, we are recovering and positioning our industry for a return to growth. There is great optimism among American travelers to get back on the road and see our great country.

We have overcome many obstacles, and the future is bright.

That’s why here in Haywood County and across America, we are using NTTW to recognize the contributions of the U.S. travel industry and how we will grow a more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive future. While the pandemic was a setback, it’s also an opportunity to reimagine the industry to be greater than ever before.

We’re celebrating Travel & Tourism Week by hosting an open house at the Haywood County Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5th. We invite you to stop by, grab a snack, enter our raffle goodie-bag-giveaway, see our Haywood County advertising and breathtaking photography.

From Maggie Valley to Waynesville and beyond, Haywood’s travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and the spirit of our community. From all of us at Visit NC Smokies, we are excited for all of the promising things ahead for Haywood County and the U.S. travel industry.

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