Sumner County Tourism will visit three Tennessee Welcome Centers to greet visitors with live music and treats to promote tourism in Sumner County during the 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) celebration.
Sumner County Tourism will be at the I-40 Smith County (Buffalo Valley) Welcome Center on Wednesday, May 9; the I-65 Giles County (Ardmore) Welcome Center on Thursday, May 10; and the I-65 Robertson County (Mitchellville) Welcome Center on Friday, May 11. National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12) 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 1,100 jobs right here in Sumner County, Tennessee,” said Barry Young, Executive Director of Sumner County Tourism. “This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our community: tourism thriving in our area and the growth of restaurants, attractions, hotels, and retail. 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 for our local, state, and national economies.”
The theme of this year’s NTTW is “Travel Then and Now,” which 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 Sumner County, 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. Statistics from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development are as follows:
- 1,100 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Sumner County.
- Visitors spent $142.32 million in Sumner County in 2016.
- Travel and tourism generates $12.35 million in state and local tax revenue for Sumner County.
- Each household in Sumner County pays $197.85 less in taxes thanks to tourism.
These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. Travel is a $2.4 trillion industry in the U.S. and visitors support 15.6 million American jobs — roughly 8.8 million direct travel jobs, and 6.8 million indirect and induced jobs. Travel-related spending generated $75.6 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues in 2017.
“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.”
Sumner County Tourism is a 501(c)(6) non-profit destination marketing organization that promotes and encourages tourism to and within Sumner County, Tennessee.