National Travel and Tourism Week is the annual celebration of the contribution of the U.S. travel industry and will spotlight the critical role that travel plays in driving economic growth and building the path forward through the theme “Future of Travel”.
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, the first full week in May, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) was created by Congress in 1983 to recognize the economic power of travel in the U.S. the 39th annual NTTW 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 tourism in Surry County looks ahead to a brighter future,” said Pat Bernshausen, Tourism Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the local tourism industry and how stakeholders are adapting and rebuilding to be more dynamic, innovative, and sustainable in the months and years to come,” added Bernshausen.
Despite the hardships of the past two years, Surry County Tourism is anticipating a future that will strengthen small businesses as well as the local economy. During National Travel and Tourism Week the Surry County Visitors Center will be open (Monday through Friday) to guests with daily themes and activities.