This year, May 12th through the 20th the tourism industry will observe National Tourism Week, a time to celebrate and promote how tourism and visitors from around the world support their respective communities. Even if you were not aware of National Tourism Week, you – as an avid traveler – have most certainly played an important role in the celebration, and in this week may benefit from related events. If you are unable to take time off for a paid vacation in this time, however, there are still ways to celebrate and be counted.
For nearly twenty-five years, the Travel Industry Association has observed this week-long itinerary of promotions, events, and advocacy designed not only to benefit destinations and businesses, but the visitors who patronize these places. If you are an avid traveler, you definitely want to stay alert of possible discounts and amenities available to you in this time. Communities around the United States generally participate in related National Tourism events, and this can mean big savings for the tourist. Here are just a few possibilities:
Day Trips: If you are unable to get away for a long period of time, consider taking a day trip or two to a nearby attraction or site of historical interest. Call ahead to see if any special discounts or incentives are being offered by state or national parks, amusement areas, or other tourist attractions in this time. Depending on where you live, you may be visiting in the off-season, and that can reap more breaks in cost.
Restaurant Discounts: If you happen to live in a touristy area, there may be a few eateries offering specials to coincide with this week. Ask around! You may be able to enjoy a nice dinner in a restaurant you don’t normally get to enjoy.
Tourism is but one of many industries that keeps our nation’s economy strong, and many opportunities await the local traveler during National Tourism Week. Take advantage of any offers that may come your way, and enjoy the trip!