Travel & Tourism Week Comes to Texas!
Monday, May 7, 2018
TTIA, Director of Communications
TTIA Rallies Texas Communities in Support of the Travel and Tourism Industry
Community, Business and Political Leaders Gather to Endorse Travel’s Economic Benefits During National Travel and Tourism Week
Austin, Texas (May 7, 2018) — TTIA is rallying the Texas Travel & Tourism Industry in support of the 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12), which unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
TTIA President and CEO David Teel: “Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 1.1 Million Texans employed directly and indirectly by Travel right here in Texas. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support travel-friendly legislation that strengthen our local, state and national economies.”
The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Then and Now,” highlights the travel industry’s history of economic impact in every corner of America, and its enduring ethos of welcoming travelers from near and far. Across Texas, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance. Some of the numbers:
- 677,900 direct jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Texas, when you factor indirect jobs impacted by Travel, that number tops 1.1 million jobs
- Travel and tourism generates $7.0 billion in state and local tax revenue for Texas
- Each Texas household saves $690 in state and local taxes generated by travel
- 68.5 million travelers visited Texas from outside the state
These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. To wit:
- Travel is a $2.4 trillion industry in the U.S.
- These visitors support 15.6 million American jobs—roughly 8.8 million direct travel jobs, and 6.8 million indirect and induced jobs.
- Travel-related spending generated $75.6 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues in 2017.
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Texas. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with family is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.
“Many aspects of the U.S. travel experience may have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t: our industry’s enduring ethos of welcoming travelers from near and far,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. “Whether we’re talking about 1968 or 2018, welcoming visitors allows our industry to create travel jobs that have been a gateway to the middle class for millions—and they’re completely non-exportable, no matter how much the global economy changes. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re saluting travel’s long history as an economic engine in our country, and calling on our nation’s leaders to prioritize travel-friendly legislation, for the sake of millions of American workers.”
The following Texas communities are hosting Travel & Tourism Week events:
Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau
Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau
Amarillo Convention & Visitors Council
Bay City Tourism Council
Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau
Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lewisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Sugarland Convention & Visitor Services
South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Temple Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
About TTIA: TTIA is a non-profit organization made up of businesses, organizations, associations and individuals dedicated to making Life Better in a State of Travel. TTIA’s mission is to unify and develop industry leadership that will support and influence the growth of Texas travel and tourism. For more information about the Texas Travel Industry Association, visit www.ttia.org.