Jackson, Mississippi — May 6, 2020 — National Travel and Tourism Week, the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year’s theme: the Spirit of Travel.
Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to underscore the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 37th NTTW (May 3-9) arrives at an opportune moment to unite the industry, celebrate its indomitable spirit and elevate the role it will play in America’s economic recovery.
“This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity to remind our visitors and our residents of the incredible spirit and resiliency of the state’s travel industry and workforce,’ said Governor Tate Reeves. “I am in awe of the strength of the industry and I know once visitors return, it will be stronger than ever.”
Since in-person rallies and events that have been hallmarks of NTTW in years past are not an option this year, Visit Mississippi is engaging by sharing virtual tourism experiences via social media.
“Through natural disasters, recessions and now a global pandemic, Mississippi’s tourism industry always finds a way to bounce back better than before,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “For now, we will virtually share Mississippi’s story with the world as we make preparations for when traditional travel is safe again.”
Visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about the week.