April 28, 2022

St. Joseph, MO Convention & Visitors Bureau/Buchanan County Tourism Board Celebrates the ‘Future of Travel’

National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.

April 27, 2022 – St. Joseph, MONational 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 planning a “Tourism Celebration” on Friday, May 6th.  We will be giving away geranium plants to our Visitor Industry Partners throughout the day.  Starting at 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., there will be a live remote with Eagle Radio’s Q-Country 92.7 FM in the parking lot of 911 Frederick.  During the 2-hour timeframe, we will be promoting our tourism destination to include eight reports from tourism partners. Anyone listening to Q-Country is invited down to enjoy a slice of Geneo’s pizza (until it’s gone), and we will have various giveaways from the CVB throughout the two hours.

The day is all about tourism industry socializing, generating excitement for summer travel, and bringing new visitors and groups into our community.

Other events are happening throughout the week.  On Tuesday, we will be visiting our local media to give thanks for their consistent support.  On Wednesday, staff from the Missouri Division of Tourism will be in town touring many of our local attractions and museums and overnighting at local Bed & Breakfasts.  St. Joseph is also hosting a week-long conference at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. So, we’re saddling up for a busy ride!

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 2021, Buchanan County generated over $200.6 Million in tourism-related economic impact, as reported directly from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • In 2021, 119 conventions, sporting events, motorcoaches, and school groups were hosted in St. Jo with an estimated economic impact of 2.7 million dollars; Rebounding nicely from 2020.
  • Museum attendance was up 63% in 2021 over 2020.
  • The tourism industry employs 3,739 people in Buchanan County.

About NTTW: This year’s theme 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.

“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.—evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in driving America’s recovery and future economic growth,” added Dow.



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