Visit LaGrange Celebrates National Tourism Week 2021 – LaGrange Daily News
Visit LaGrange, Inc., joins the rest of the United States this week in the annual celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) and the contributions that tourism has on local communities.
During NTTW, the travel industry is highlighting the critical role tourists play in driving national and local economic recovery efforts. “National Travel and Tourism Week takes on particular significance this year as the travel industry seeks to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said the President and CEO of the US. Travel Association, Roger Dow.
“Visit LaGrange, the Town of LaGrange’s tourism marketing organization, salutes the power of travel and those in our community who serve in the tourism industry by supporting and marketing the businesses that welcome our visitors every day,” said Visit LaGrange President and CEO Kathy Tilley. “Despite the difficulties of the past year, LaGrange is ready and eager to welcome visitors back and contribute to LaGrange’s recovery efforts.”
National Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity to remind visitors and residents of the incredible contributions the travel industry makes to their own community.
According to the Georgia tourism board, Explore Georgia, the economic impact of visitors to Troup County in 2019 was $199.29 million – a substantial growth from 2015 which was $156.27 million. There were nearly 1,350 tourism-related jobs in Troup County in 2019, representing a payroll of $35.37 million. “Local tax revenue from tourists was $6.02 million in 2019. If we didn’t have these visitors, every household in Troup County would have to be taxed an additional $562 a year to replace that revenue,” said Tilly. “Last year was incredibly challenging for our attractions, hotels, restaurants and stores, but everyone supported each other, and now we’re seeing travelers choosing to return to LaGrange to visit.”
NTTW, celebrated the first full week of May each year, was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the United States. The 38th Annual NTTW (May 2-8, 2021) comes at an opportune time to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of beginning a post-pandemic travel recovery.