• Exhibitions Industry Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

    National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) recently concluded, which celebrated the economic impact of the U.S. travel industry. As you know, travel and tourism play a significant role in the strength of the exhibitions and events industry. To show their support for travel and tourism, several of our member organizations held events to recognize the local hospitality workforce and the positive effect travel and tourism has in their region.

    Visit New Orleans held a travel rally, parade and industry toast in support of NTTW. They also named their inaugural NTTW King and Queen: Corey Bourgeois, Kitchen Manager of Palace Cafe and Pat Coulter, General Manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown.

    The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority hosted a handful of events to celebrate their record-breaking tourism industry: a tourism rally featuring a wide variety of entertainment, a “Go Red” for Travel Rally Day, the 10th anniversary of Hospitality Heroes – a program that recognizes persons who have gone above and beyond to provide the best customer service, a Blood Drive Challenge, and the Helldorado Days parade.

    The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau held a party in a downtown park as a pop-up Memphis vacation, featuring a sampling of uniquely Memphis people and things all in one place on one day.

    Visit Orlando hosted their annual tourism luncheon and showed their appreciation to all of the city’s visitors over the last year in a big way – they set a Guinness World Record for gathering the most hand-written thank you cards (3,144) in 24 hours!

    Visit Austin invited the Austin community to attend the inaugural Give Back Gig, which benefited Art from the Streets artists. They also named 25 Visit Austin ambassadors!

    The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau encouraged locals to be tourists during a month-long extravaganza, which started with a press conference and Attraction Showcase. More than 90 of the city’s top attractions provided discounts to locals in an effort to educate the community on experiences available right at their doorstep.

    Lastly, Visit San Antonio held a weeks-worth of fun activities to promote and acknowledge the city’s tourism industry. A proclamation and reception started the week off and was followed by numerous salutes to local workforce groups along with a gala. Additionally, numerous discounts were provided across the city to thank hospitality employees.

    To our members who participated in these events or others, supported NTTW via social conversations or shared toolkits through your websites, your action is much appreciated! We believe it’s important to be advocates of not only exhibitions and events but also the businesses and commerce that impact our industry’s ability to flourish.


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