Wilmington, NC: On April 18, the New Hanover County Commissioners approved a Proclamation that recognizes May 1-7, 2022 as National Travel and Tourism Week in New Hanover County.

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry and the critical role that travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward.

This year’s theme—Future of Travel—amplifies how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, foster sustainability, usher in new innovations and reconnect travelers in the U.S. and around the world.

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 39th annual NTTW (May 1-7) arrives as the industry looks ahead to future growth and success following the challenges of the past two years.

“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as the travel industry looks ahead to a bright future,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the U.S travel industry and how we are rebuilding to be more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive in the months and years to come.”

During its annual Travel Rally celebration on May 5, the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau [CVB] will host its first in-person travel industry gathering in two years with an exciting program focuses on industry challenges and opportunities. Special guest Dr. Adam Jones, Regional Economist in the Swain Center and Associate Professor of Economics in UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, will deliver an uplifting and entertaining keynote address entitled “Big Bang Theory Meets Wilmington Tourism.” A panel discussion with representatives from five industry sectors will highlight Best Practices in workforce development and innovative ideas to carry the industry into the future. Kim Hufham, New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority president/CEO, will present a state of tourism overview and announce this year’s Tourism Star and Tourism Legacy award recipients. Live entertainment, door prizes, and the debut of a new local tourism ambassador video will round out the celebration.

Said Kim Hufham, president/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority: “Despite the hardships of the past two years, the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau is planning for a future that will strengthen New Hanover County’s tourism industry and economy. This National Travel and Tourism Week we are spotlighting how travel benefits our workforce, supports our local economy, and contributes to our community’s identity and quality of place.”

Please visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.

The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau, markets and develops the county and its communities’ leisure and group travel experiences for economic growth and quality of place. Visit us online at WilmingtonAndBeaches.com.



Connie Nelson
Wilmington CVB
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