Nat'l Travel & Tourism Week

Posted: 5/1/2019
Author: Visit Springfield

Nat'l Travel & Tourism Week

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Why Travel &Tourism Matter in Springfield, IL

We pass popular tourist sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But the ALPLM and others like the Dana-Thomas House, Old State Capitol, our fabulous locally owned restaurants, and the many valued retailers are the backbone of Springfield, IL. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us, and thousands of annual visitors, a lifetime of memories. 

Travel & Tourism matter, and they improve Springfield, IL in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on residents. Travel & Tourism support 3,400 jobs in Sangamon County, and also have an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another. 

Travel & Tourism Matter to America

At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.7 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private sector employer. In 2018, traveler spending generated $171 billion in total tax revenue, including $78.6 billion in state and local revenue. That $78.6 billion can pay for a host of critical resources: it’s more than enough to pay all state and local police and firefighters, or the more than one million public high school teachers.

Travel & Tourism are powerful for cities and states, and Springfield is no exception. Last year, Springfield saw $9 million in local tax receipts directly from travel and tourism with visitors generating $450 million in spending in Sangamon County.  The 3,400 jobs created by the travel and tourism industry locally converts to $107 million in payroll. 

Think back to your first job. Maybe you worked at Knights Action Park as a life guard, or maybe your kids work there now. For many–one third of Americans to be exact–travel and tourism are the front door to a promising career. Americans whose first job in travel and tourism have an average career salary of $81,900, and two in 5 of those whose first job was in travel or tourism are now earning more than $100,000.

Think about how travel matters to the Cozy Dog Drive-in on Historic Route 66: travel-dependent leisure and hospitality is the largest small business employer in the U.S.

We encourage you to join us, May 5-11, in observing NTTW this year, and celebrate all that travel does for Sangamon County, and for our country as a whole.

Here are a few ways to get involved

  • Kicking off the week on Monday, May 6, Visit Springfield will host the Sam Madonia Morning Show at the Visitor Center in downtown Springfield.
  • Tuesday, May 7, Visit Springfield will celebrate by volunteering in our community at both the St. John’s Breadline and Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, showing that not only does Tourism Matter, but Tourism Cares.
  • Tuesday, May 7, Visit Springfield will host a 2-hour radio remote with Cool 93.9 at the Visitor Center.
  • Wednesday, May 8 the Visit Springfield Team will be at the Old State Capitol Plaza to interact and welcome guests to our city and to hand out commemorative takeaways from 10 am - 2 pm.
  • Thursday, May 9 the Central IL Customer Service Association presented by Visit Springfield will host a Keynote address by Jason Young called “Servicetopia” focusing on the importance of culture and customer service in today’s landscape.
  • Get social and engage with the #nttw19 and #visitspringfield on Facebook & Instagram. Share how travel matters in your community.

This year’s NTTW is more than just another campaign. It’s a movement that positions the travel industry as a primary driver in the U.S. economy, and as an important part of our daily lives in Springfield, IL



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