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National Travel and Tourism Week 2018 Theme

“Travel Then and Now”

Industry leaders to come together in May to recognize how far the travel industry has come.

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. 

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

Monday, May 7: Hospitality Olympics, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: Blue Wahoos Stadium

Visit Pensacola will officially kick off the week with its third annual Hospitality Olympics. Set to take place from 8:30 a.m. – 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.

Tuesday, May 8: Hospitality & Tourism Week Summit 2018, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Skopelos at New World Inn

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 several others. Quint will speak to us about vibrant communities and Jeff will give a full update on 2017 tourism numbers and visitor perceptions. More details to come on additional speakers.

Wednesday, May 9: Hospitality Hero Award Ceremony & Luncheon, Noon – 1 p.m.

Location: The Pensacola Grand Hotel

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.

Thursday, May 10: Tourism Gives Back 

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. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, May 11: Rally for Tourism, 11 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. Official details and location to follow.