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Springfield, IL Celebrates National Travel and Tourism’s 40th Anniversary Year
Visit Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel & Tourism week beginning early this year on Friday May 5 with the official NTTW week running May 7-13.
The events are part of the 40th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
“The travel industry fuels every industry—our industry’s success is the nation’s success,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “This week is a prime opportunity to elevate the message that travel is essential to moving America’s economy forward.”
“The numbers speak for themselves. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 3,500 right here in Sangamon County,” said Scott Dahl, Director Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This week, we are celebrating travel’s $483 million impact on our community and hoping to communicate on the overall value and contribution tourism makes to our quality of life in Springfield. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to all of our local friends and neighbors—to join us in RED and in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel and tourism efforts and legislation at the local, state and national level.”
Together, as we continue to return to levels above 2019, the importance of travel is clearer than ever before. As we shift our focus forward, together, we are defining more innovative, inclusive and globally competitive ways to move the tourism industry into the future.
From each locally owned business to the largest of sites and attractions, travel employs a diverse workforce in Springfield and Sangamon County:
Travel serves as a catalyst for a productive U.S. economy and helps power the success of other industries, fueling communities, small businesses and working families across the country.
We see daily how much travel & tourism matters to our community and are eager to welcome even more visitors, both domestic and international, here to show them what makes Springfield, IL a unique, affordable, walkable and friendly place to visit.