Record Number of Communities Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

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Destination marketers in more than 400 U.S. cities -- a record number -- planned events this week to mark National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), an annual event celebrating travel and tourism in America, the U.S. Travel Association reported yesterday.

Now in its 32nd year, NTTW kicked off this year on May 2 and will conclude May 10. 

Among those who hosted NTTW events this week are Visit Orlando, which hosted a luncheon with national hero "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a disabled commercial plane on the Hudson River; the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., which hosted a "Visit Music City" luncheon honoring its front-line travel industry workers; the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a free after-work concert yesterday; and the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is offering sidewalk sales every day during the month of May at the Louisville Visitors Center.

Its 2015 theme is: "Travel is _________." In honor of the event, communities across the country were encouraged to fill in the blank with travel means to them.

"Travel is jobs. Travel is growth. Travel is creating memories with family. But most of all, travel is personal, and we've been thrilled to see how folks have embraced this year's theme and filled in the blank with benefits of travel that we didn't even think of," U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. "NTTW is an opportunity for travel stakeholders to speak firsthand to their local elected officials about the importance of travel. And ultimately, both because travel is such a universal enterprise and it creates profound economic impact in every corner of the country, everyone's a travel stakeholder."

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