National Travel & Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is America's annual salute to travel and tourism and it was established by a congressional resolution in 1983.  NTTW is recognized all around the country every year in May and the week serves to champion the power of travel.  Travel and tourism professionals in America work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy.

2017 NTTW Information

Save the date: May 7- 13, 2017 

Click here for more information about NTTW on the U.S. Travel Association's website.

2016 NTTW Information 

In 2016, NTTW was held during the week of May 1-7, 2016 and you will find an overview of NTTW in Wyoming below. 

Proclamation Signing with Governor Mead
Governor Mead declared May 1-7, 2016 NTTW in our great state by signing the NTTW proclamation on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:00pm at the WY State Museum. Communities around Wyoming were encouraged to also host their own special events to highlight the importance of tourism in Wyoming!

About National Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming
2016 marked the 33rd annual salute to the National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW). NTTW is recognized all around the country every year during the first week in May. The purpose of NTTW is to promote and champion the power of travel.

During NTTW in 2016, the Wyoming Office of Tourism celebrated the National Park Service Centennial. It just so happens, Wyoming is home to the very first National Park: Yellowstone, plus, the first National Monument: Devils Tower. In total, the state boasts an impressive 25 National Historic Landmarks and 11 nationally recognized recreation areas, trails and monuments.
[Check out the whole list here]

It goes without saying that this celebration is a pretty special one for WY. It also happens to be a good excuse to get out and enjoy all of those national treasures. Think of it as an invitation to a 100th birthday party. All you have to bring is a passion for adventure. Where will you find yours?

WOT celebrated NTTW at the SE/NE Welcome Centers
May 2-6 folks were invited to join a week-long celebration at the Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center in Cheyenne (I-25, Exit 4) and the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center in Beulah (I-90, Exit 199).

How to get involved
-Plan events in your community to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week and be sure to post details about the event on the events section on WOT’s consumer website. 
[Click here for a sample WY proclamation]

-Join the social conversation by using #ThatsWY and #FindYourPark to track your adventures and follow others.

-Embed the Centennial badge on your website to highlight your participation in the centennial celebration and link to [Celebrate the NPS Centennial] 
[Click here for the Centennial Digital Toolkit]

-WOT is producing limited edition Centennial stickers that will be available at a handful of distribution centers throughout WY.  More information will be available in May.

 WY Facts, Figures & Talking Points:

  • The travel and hospitality industry is the 2nd largest industry in Wyoming.
  • Travel is an important economic driver and is vital to our great state!
  • The number of overnight visitors grew 4.2% in 2015 to over 10.5 million people. 
  • Visitors in Wyoming spent $3.3 billion in 2015 which generated $170 million in state and local taxes. 
  • Each Wyoming household would pay $730 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the tourism industry in Wyoming.
  • The travel and hospitality industry employs nearly 32,000 full and part time jobs statewide and represents 12% of Wyoming's workforce.
  • Travel creates memories for a lifetime!
  • Take time to celebrate travel this week, reflect on your past travels and plan your next!

Click here for more information about National Travel and Tourism Week and be sure to check out the toolkit that the U.S. Travel Association created, full of materials to help communities plan activities to support NTTW

Britney Butler
Industry Relations Manager
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