National Travel and Tourism Week 2021: Natchitoches Celebrates the ‘Power of Travel’

Marketing and Communications Director for the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (NAVCB), Kelli West, accepted a proclamation from City Council Member at Large, Betty Smith, at the Council’s meeting on April 26. The proclamation declares May 2 – 8, 2021 as National Travel and Tourism Week in the City of Natchitoches.

West had some good news to share with the Council. Tourism numbers are up, occupancy numbers at the hotels are up. Restaurants and attractions are seeing visitors. Despite the struggle many towns are facing, Natchitoches is doing well.

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme Power of Travel.

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 38th annual NTTW (May 2-8) arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.

“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as the travel industry looks to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “The past year was incredibly challenging, but we saw the full power of the travel industry on display in the way we united and supported one another through this crisis.”

“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.—evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in America’s broader economic recovery,” said Dow.

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