Gallipolis, Ohio — The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week this week. This year is 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.

“Just look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including one in fourteen right here in Gallia said Amanda Crouse, Executive Director. “This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our community—since the French arriving in Gallipolis in 1790 to the present day. 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 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 Ohio, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

“I am fortunate to have worked in the travel industry in Gallia, with the Bureau, for two years,” said Assistant Director, Kaitlynn Halley “I know travel has helped Gallia immensely for many years, because of the tax revenue it generates, not to mention the countless businesses and jobs that are supported by our visitors. That’s why I’m proud to support travel on Rally Day and every day.”

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 Gallia. 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.”

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