National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7, 2016) is dedicated to showcasing our country’s vibrant tourism industry. However, the truth is the hospitality industry runs 24/7, 365 days a year.
Did you know that travel is a $2.1 trillion industry that supports one out of nine U.S. jobs? These dollars have not stayed in top tourism hubs like New York, Orlando and Las Vegas; it has rippled throughout communities nationwide, bringing economic solvency for locals and dining, shopping and entertainment amenities for visitors, as well as locals.
Travel brings remarkable benefits to our personal lives. Multiple research studies have confirmed the positive health effects from vacations and time off, from reducing risk of heart disease to decreased depression. According to a Project: Time Off survey, most kids (61%) look forward to family vacations as a time to bond with their parents—and kids who travel are more likely to graduate from college, and earn an average of $5,000 more annually as adults. And at work, most bosses (80%) agree that employees taking vacation is good for their team, as it helps moral and impacts productivity. Use your valuable vacation time –as it’s good for you and the economy. If workers took just one more day off each year, it would generate an extra $73 billion annually for the economy.
Travel also broadens your mind, perspective and comfort zone. Multiple articles have found that visiting people, different cultures and new scenic ventures increases your perspective, compassion for others and solving problem capacity. Traveling bridges the gaps between neighbors, countries and traditions.
Given these extraordinary returns, and in light of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7, 2016), it’s important that every one from elected leaders to local citizens and visitors understand the impact travel has on our lives and economy.
Travel makes a difference in our communities and in our lives. As we celebrate the impact of travel this week, let your lawmakers know that they should promote strong travel policies that improve our business, economic and personal well-being.