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Where are you traveling this year? Are you planning a relaxing exotic vacation or a full itinerary staycation? Either way travel matters, you are helping many people have jobs while you are receiving a lifetime of memories.
Why Travel Matters in Arizona
We pass popular tourist sites like the Lost Dutchman State Park every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But the Lost Dutchman State Park and others like Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Catalina State Park, and Kartchner Caverns State Park are the backbones of Arizona.
Travel matters, and it improves Arizona in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on the local residents. Travel supports multiple travel jobs and travel- related attractions, and it also has an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another.
Travel Matters to America
At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.6 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private sector employer. In 2017, traveler spending generated $165 billion in total tax revenue, including $76 billion in state and local revenue. That $76 billion can pay for a host of critical resources: it’s more than enough to pay all state and local police and firefighters, or the more than one million public high school teachers, according to US Travel.
Travel is powerful for cities and states, and Arizona is no exception. Think back to your first job. Maybe you worked at Mormon Lake Lodge Steakhouse, or maybe your kids work there now. For many–one-third of Americans to be exact–travel is the front door to a promising career. Americans whose first job in travel have an average career salary of $81,900, and two in 5 of those whose first job was in travel are now earning more than $100,000, according to US Travel.
Think about how travel matters to Joe’s Farm Grill: travel dependent leisure and hospitality is the largest small business employer in the U.S. Those are only a few reasons why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors to Arizona—and why our industry is elevating the message of “Travel Matters” during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 5-11. We encourage you to join us in observing NTTW this year and celebrate all that travel does for our country as a whole.
Get involved and get social by engaging with the #nttw19 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Share how travel matters in your community.
U.S. Travel Association
For more great ideas and resources, check out this toolkit from U.S. Travel Association.
This year’s NTTW is more than just another campaign. It’s a movement that positions the travel industry as a primary driver in the U.S. economy, and as an important part of our daily lives in Arizona, and for our country as a whole.
How will you get involved?