Austin celebrates National Travel and Tourism week


KATE:WELCOME BACK…RIGHT NOW – AUSTIN CELEBRATES NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK.WHICH UNITES COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CELEBRATE WHAT TRAVEL MEANS TO AMERICAN JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING.AND HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IS CEO OF VISIT AUSTIN IS TOM NOONAN… WELCOME.. “OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IN CHANGING OUR NAME TO ‘VISIT AUSTIN’ WAS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR VISITORS AND MEETING PLANNERS ALIKE TO FIND RELEVANT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES WHEN RESEARCHING AUSTIN AS A DESTINATION,” THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S NTTW, “FACES OF TRAVEL,” SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP AMERICA’S TRAVEL INDUSTRY. TRAVEL AND TOURISM EMPLOY A PROSPEROUS AND DIVERSE WORKFORCE, FROM AIRLINE AND HOTEL EMPLOYEES TO RESTAURANT, ATTRACTION AND RETAIL WORKERS, AND SUPPORTS RELATED SECTORS SUCH AS CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND FINANCE. IN AUSTIN ALONE, MORE THAN 120,000 RESIDENTS ARE EMPLOYED IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, WHICH IS NOW THE THIRDLARGEST EMPLOYER IN OUR REGION, ACCORDING TO THE GREATER AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. MONEY GENERATED FROM THOSE VISITORS SAVES TRAVIS COUNTY RESIDENTS ALMOST $1100/YEAR IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES.IN 2015, WE WELCOMED MORE THAN 24 MILLION VISITORS WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR A WHOPPING $7BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT TO OUR REGION.TO LEARN MORE VISIT AUSTINTEXAS.ORG/N TTW-17/FACES-OF-TRAVEL/ TRAVEL/

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