St. Joseph, MO Convention & Visitors Bureau/Buchanan County Tourism Board Celebrates the ‘Future of Travel’
National Travel and Tourism Week 2023 (May 7-13) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.
May 1, 2023 – St. Joseph, MO — 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 growth and building the path forward through the theme Future of Travel.
Why it Matters?
The #FutureOfTravel is driven by all of us – in every corner of our country and every sector of our industry. A brighter future starts today, in our own backyards. A future where friends, family, and colleagues can reconnect. A future where travel is once again the heartbeat of American communities and businesses, welcoming travelers from around the globe to dive into what can only be experienced here – and in person.
This year, the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau is wanting to bring more local awareness to the economic impact tourism has in Buchanan County. We will be giving away geranium plants to our Visitor Industry Partners throughout the week. We’re also partnering with JoeTown 107.5 for a Landmark Lotto contest with daily changes to win cash, and one lucky local to win a grand prize “staycation” package valued over $700.
The week is all about tourism industry socializing, generating excitement for summer travel, and bringing new visitors and groups into our community.
Local Tourism Facts:
- The St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau was established by Buchanan County voters in 1993 with the purpose of advertising and promoting tourism in Buchanan County, Missouri.
- In 2022, Buchanan County generated over $216 million in tourism-related spending, as reported directly from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
- In 2022, 208 conventions, sporting events, motorcoaches, and school groups were hosted in St. Jo with an estimated economic impact of $4.9 million; Rebounding nicely from 2020.
- The tourism industry employs 3,832 people in Buchanan County.
About NTTW: This year marks the 40th annual National Travel & Tourism Week, and elevates how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, foster sustainability, usher in new innovations, and reconnect travelers in the U.S. and around the world.
Celebrated annually during the first full week in May, Congress created NTTW in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 39th annual NTTW (May 1-7) arrives as the industry looks ahead to future growth and success following the challenges of the past two years.
“NTTW has special significance this year as the travel industry looks ahead to a bright future,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry and how we are rebuilding to be more dynamic, innovative, sustainable, and inclusive in the months and years to come.
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