National Travel and Tourism Week 2021: Visit Joplin MO Celebrates the “Power of Travel”

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021 (May 2–8) Spotlights the Collective Strength of the U.S. Travel Industry

(Joplin, MO) – National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving post-pandemic economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme “Power of Travel.”

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The thirty-eighth annual NTTW (May 2–8) arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.

Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S. evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in America’s broader economic recovery.

Visit Joplin MO Director Patrick Tuttle said, “Despite the hardships of the last year, Visit Joplin MO is ready and eager to welcome back visitors and help drive Joplin’s recovery efforts. National Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity to remind visitors and residents of the incredible contributions of the travel industry, not just to our local economy and workforce, but to our community’s identity and culture.”

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Kerstin Landwer, Assistant Director/Director of Sales
Visit Joplin MO

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