Community, Business and Political Leaders Gather to Endorse Travel’s Economic and Cultural Benefits During National Travel and Tourism Week
Plymouth MA, -- The theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Plymouth County’s culture and economy. Each day of National Travel and Tourism Week will celebrate a different facet of travel: the economy, new experiences, jobs, infrastructure, health benefits, hometown pride and how travel strengthens families.
Just look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, and accounts for 149,000 jobs in Massachusetts including thousands of local jobs right here in Plymouth County. Travel and tourism generates $32,000,000 in local tax revenue for Plymouth County. “This week, we are celebrating travel’s powerful impact on our community. We’re calling on everyone — from elected officials to all of our local friends and neighbors — to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel legislation at the local, state and national level.
“In every pocket of America — from the largest cities to the smallest towns — travel matters,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “I, like so many others, got my start in the travel industry, and it shaped my life in ways I could have never imagined. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re celebrating how travel powers our economies, strengthens our communities, and changes our lives.”
These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide.
• Travel is a $2.5 trillion industry in the U.S.
• These visitors support 15.7 million American jobs—roughly 8.9 million direct travel jobs, and 6.8 million indirect jobs.
• Travel-related spending generated $171 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in 2018.
“I have seen firsthand how much travel matters to our community,” said Paula Fisher, Interim Executive Director of Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau. In FY17, Massachusetts travelers spent over $22.9 billion and that spending generated $1.5 billion in State and Local taxes. I’m proud of Plymouth County, and eager to welcome even more visitors here to show them why we love it here so much.”