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WHAT: National Travel and Tourism Week, taking place May 6 – 12, 2018, celebrates 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.
NOTE: There will be interviews and b-roll opportunities throughout the week.
Hospitality Olympics: Monday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Blue Wahoo’s Stadium, 351 W Cedar Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502
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 Wahoo’s 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.
Hospitality & Tourism Week Summit 2018: Tuesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Skopelos at New World, 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502
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.
Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon: Wednesday, May 9, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E Gregory Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32501
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. Visit Pensacola along with the industry and community will honor the winners at the annual Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon.
Tourism Gives Back: Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, 14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola, Fla. 32561
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 or visit, visitpensacola.org.
About Visit Pensacola
Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.