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Visit Jackson will celebrate the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) this week, May 5 – 11, in support of the many ways travel contributes to the community.

NTTW unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

The theme of this year’s observance, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Jackson’s culture and economy. Each day of NTTW 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,” said Rickey Thigpen, President/CEO, Visit Jackson. “Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 7,000 right here in Jackson. This week, we are celebrating travel’s powerful impact on our community.”

Visit Jackson is calling on everyone — from elected officials to all local friends and neighbors — to join them in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel legislation at the local, state and national level.

This week’s activities include:

  • Tuesday – Press Conference, 10 a.m. at Josh Halbert Gardens in front of City Hall to include the crowning of the new Miss and Little Miss Jackson Hospitality
  • Wednesday – Mayor’s Conference on Tourism, an all-day educational conference focused on tourism/hospitality and event planning – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex
  • Friday – Declaration of “Mississippi Beautiful Day” by The Governor’s Office 11 a.m. @ Smith Park
  • Friday – Food Truck Friday/Rally Day – 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m. @ Smith Park

From the Hilton Jackson to the Jackson Convention Complex, travel employs a diverse workforce in the “City with Soul.”

  • 7,000 jobs are directly supported by travel and tourism in Jackson.
  • Travel and tourism generate close to $367 million in local taxes for Hinds County. ­

These local figures help paint an even larger picture of 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.
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