National Travel & Tourism Week

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What is National Travel and Tourism Week?

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  • National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 35th year, is the annual salute to travel in America.

  • During the first full week in May, communities nationwide unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders and media with rallies, events and other activities.

  • This NTTW, the industry is coming together to recognize the many contributions of travel and tourism over the last several decades

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Travel has always been an industry of opportunity and is an indispensable source of American jobs

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The travel industry is America’s seventh-largest employer—supporting 15.3 million jobs (8.6 million directly in the travel industry and 6.7 million in other industries).

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One in every 9 American jobs depends on travel.

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Two in five (40%) American workers whose first job was in the travel industry are now earning more than $100,000 per year.

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Among workers who began their careers in the travel industry, 33 percent earned at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to just 28 percent in healthcare, 19 percent in construction and 18 percent in manufacturing.

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The travel industry is an essential economic driver and job creator

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Travel generates $2.3 trillion for the U.S. economy, and is America’s second largest industry export.

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Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $990 billion by domestic and international travelers in 2016.

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Tax revenue from travel spending for federal, state and local governments totaled $157.8 billion in 2016.

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Travel employment has created jobs faster than the rest of the economy across the U.S.—generating 9 percent of all new jobs created following the Great Recession (2010-2016).

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