Save the Date for National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11, 2019;

Hospitality Hero Nominations Open, Event Details and More


Media Contact:

Nicole Stacey
Visit Pensacola
(850) 434-2142

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Pensacola, Fla. (Sunday, April 28, 2019) – National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, the 36th annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will take place May 5-11.

This year’s theme is “Travel Matters,” a recognition of the innumerable ways in which travel enriches lives and strengthens communities.

“The Pensacola Bay Area community has been the foundation of the hospitality and tourism industry’s success. Over 2 million travelers visited the destination last year thanks to residents that focus on enriching our area’s quality of life,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “In support of the visitors, the industry employees over 24,000 people, accounting for 18% of jobs and $427 million in wages in our local economy. Travel directly connects and effects each one of us in the community and I’m excited to celebrate our joint successes in the coming weeks.”

National Travel and Tourism Week 2019 will focus on the positive effects of travel from health and family benefits to community connection and economic development. Here’s a look at the week’s events.

Hospitality Olympics: Monday, May 6, 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W Cedar Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

Visit Pensacola will kick off the week with its fourth annual Hospitality Olympics. 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. Set to take place from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow at Blue Wahoos Stadium, teams will compete in several games for the Hospitality Olympics Cup.

Partner Workshop: Tuesday, May 7, 8 – 11:30 a.m.

Skopelos at New World, 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

Visit Pensacola is excited to host another marketing trends workshop. This half-day educational seminar will focus on the ins and outs of hospitality and tourism marketing including creative messaging, Majority Opinion Research and more. To register, click here.

Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon: Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.

The Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E Gregory Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32501

For the fourth year, Visit Pensacola will host its Hospitality Hero awards during the week’s annual luncheon. Hospitality Hero awards are dedicated to front-line team members that go above and beyond to create the Pensacola Experience. Nominations are now open and will be accepted through Friday, April 27, 2019. Categories include attractions/venues, lodging, restaurant/dining and shopping. To view the application, click here. To register for the luncheon, click here.

Tourism Gives Back: Thursday, May 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

Studer Community Institute Building, 220 W Garden Street #100, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

For the second year, 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.

This year we will assemble Pensacola Experience Summer bags that will be donated to underserved middle school children throughout Escambia County. Supplies and monetary donations are welcomed and may be dropped off at 1401 E Gregory Street. We are currently seeking donations for the following: sunscreen, books, art supplies, lip balm, toiletries hats, non-perishable snacks, sunglasses and attraction tickets.

Rally for Tourism: Friday, May 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

500 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32502

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. We will be gathering at the corner of S Palafox and Main Streets.

All events are public and open to the media. Please email Nicole Stacey with any questions at For more information on National Travel and Tourism Week, visit


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.