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
Travel has always been an industry of opportunity and is an indispensable source of American jobs
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).
One in every 9 American jobs depends on travel.
Two in five (40%) American workers whose first job was in the travel industry are now earning more than $100,000 per year.
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.
The travel industry is an essential economic driver and job creator
Travel generates $2.3 trillion for the U.S. economy, and is America’s second largest industry export.
Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $990 billion by domestic and international travelers in 2016.
Tax revenue from travel spending for federal, state and local governments totaled $157.8 billion in 2016.
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).