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national travel and tourism week

travel and tourism 16It’s the best week of the year – National Travel and Tourism Week! Every year, tourism professionals use this week to show off how awesome tourism is and the effect it has on our economy. According to opens in a new, “Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015.” In the US, 15.1 MILLION jobs are supported by travel expenditures – that’s 1 out of 9 jobs that depend on travel and tourism. Seems like a good enough reason to celebrate to us!

This week, get out and experience tourism for yourself; you can be a tourist right here in Columbia, whether you live here or not! Visit the locations on the form below for a chance to win great prizes AND get to know Columbia. You can pick up a copy at the CVB (on the corner of Providence and Elm), print the form below, or email Rachel at opens in a new windowRachel.Grant@CoMo.govcreate new email if you’d like a copy emailed to you. Once you have visited as many of the locations as you like, you can submit the form in person to our office or by email to Info@CoMo.govcreate new email.

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Want to know how tourism impacts Missouri and Boone County? Take a look at the 2015 numbers:

  • Total visitors to Missouri: 40.4 million
  • Total economic impact of Missouri tourism industry: $15.9 billion
  • Number of Missourians directly employed by tourism businesses: 297,129
  • Tourism-related employment: 11,404
  • Total tourism-related expenditures: $395,907,381

For more information:

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Therapeutic.  Adventure. Freedom. Jobs.

This year, to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, our industry is using the theme “Travel is ___” to highlight why tourism is vital to our economy and what it means to different people and communities.

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Travel can be anything to you – family time, a chance to get away, a way of life, and, possibly most important, 15 MILLION U.S. jobs. The opens in a new windowU.S. Travel Association says, “travel to and within the United States provides significant economic benefits for the nation, generating more than $2.1 trillion in economic output in 2014, with $927.9 billion spent directly by travelers.” That’s a lot of zeros.

Travel is essential to the U.S. economy, and it’s no different here in Columbia. In 2014, Boone County’s total tourism-related expenditures came out to over $368 million and tourism-related employment was over 11,000. What does that mean? Well, it means travel is a big deal.

This week, we’d like to know what travel is to YOU! DSC00663editopens IMAGE file

Come by the Convention and Visitors Bureau and fill out a card to share what travel is to you. There are also cards ready to be filled out at the visitor center in the City Hall lobby and the airport. Take a look at what we have so far. (Parks and Recreation Director, Mike Griggs, stopped by and added to the wall – can you guess which one?)

If you can’t stop by, we’d still love to know what travel means to you: tweet us at opens in a new window@ColumbiaMOCVB or tag us on Instagram opens in a new window@VisitColumbiaMO, and use the hashtag #NTTW2015.

Let’s do more than celebrate – let’s show everyone why travel is important to us and our communities. And in case you needed an excuse for a weekend getaway… well, it IS National Travel and Tourism Week.

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