Hospitality and Tourism Week, May 6 - 12

Celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community. The annual tradition brings industry professionals together to highlight the value of travel and consider the broad impact it holds for communities across the country. 

In 2018, 35 years after National Travel and Tourism Week was established by a congressional resolution, the industry will celebrate with a new theme: “Travel Then and Now.” The theme is a challenge to industry leaders to reflect on travel successes of years past while advocating for policies that promote growth for the future.

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2018, Visit Pensacola would like to cordially invite you to the following events:

Hospitality Olympics

Monday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W Cedar Street, Pensacola

Visit Pensacola will officially kick off the week with its third annual Hospitality Olympics. Set to take place from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow at Blue Wahoos Stadium, all tourism industry businesses and organizations are invited to form teams to compete. The Hospitality Olympics is a time for industry personnel to come together in a fun environment to celebrate the industry and get to know one another better. Sign your teams up for some friendly competition, here.

Hospitality & Tourism Week Summit

Tuesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Skopelos at New World, 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is excited to host the inaugural Hospitality & Tourism Week Summit 2018, a half day educational summit focused on the ins and outs of the tourism industry. This jam-packed morning will include presentations from Quint Studer, Jeff Shusterman and Sarah Peter. Studer will speak on creating vibrant communities, Shusterman will give a full update on 2017 tourism numbers and visitor perceptions and Peter will focus on the adventure traveler. The summit is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon

Wednesday, May 9, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E Gregory Street, Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is excited to open nominations for the Hospitality Hero Program. At the forefront of the industry, front line employees are the driving force between guests and their experiences. To honor those that go above and beyond, please take a moment to read the criteria and nominate your best employees for the categories below, here.

Visit Pensacola along with the industry and community will honor the winners at the annual Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon. Be on the lookout for official invitations. For sponsorship and table opportunities contact, Leslie White at

Tourism Gives Back

Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, 14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola

For the first time, Visit Pensacola will host Tourism Gives Back, a day for the industry to come together to contribute to the community that we know and love. In partnership with Clean the World, we will assemble and distribute hygiene kits to Loaves and Fishes. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000+ hotel and resort partners.

Rally for Tourism

Friday, May 11:10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Travel Rally Day will take to the streets this year. Join Visit Pensacola to spotlight the positive impact tourism has on the Pensacola Bay Area.

For more information on National Travel and Tourism Week 2018, contact Nicole Stacey at