Visit Pensacola Rallies in Support of Travel and Tourism
National Travel and Tourism Week takes place nationwide May 7-13, 2017. Pensacola’s tourism impact to be spotlighted.
Pensacola, Fla. (April 10, 2017) – Pensacola will join cities across the United States in celebrating the significant impact travel and tourism have on local economies during National Travel and Tourism Week (#NTTW17), May 7-13, 2017.
“This week puts our local tourism industry in the spotlight and gives us the chance to emphasize how valuable this sector is to our community and our economy,” said Steve Hayes, president of Visit Pensacola. “Our average visitor spends more than $172 a day at our local businesses- from restaurants to shops to grocery stores and outdoor activities.”
The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Faces of Travel,” shines a spotlight on the people that make up America’s travel industry. Across Pensacola, travel employs 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. Some of the numbers:
- Over 16,000 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Escambia County
- Travel and tourism generates direct spending in local tax revenue for Escambia County
These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. Throughout the week, Visit Pensacola will host events aimed at showcasing Pensacola’s travel and tourism assets and energizing the community.
On Monday, May 8, 2017, Visit Pensacola kicks off the celebrations with the 2nd Annual Hospitality Olympic games to be held at the Blue Wahoos Stadium from 9 a.m. to Noon. Visit Pensacola invites all tourism industry businesses and organizations to form teams and come out and compete in five different sporting events.
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Visit Pensacola will participate in the nationwide Travel Rally Day, hosting a local travel rally at Pensacola International Airport from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Travel Rally Day welcome visitors to our community while displaying the positive economic impact that tourism creates in Pensacola. Representatives from the hospitality community along with elected officials will wave signs and greet visitors at the airport.
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Visit Pensacola will host the very first Hospitality Lunch in the Square. A community luncheon in Seville Square to gather, network and enjoy our local community and downtown area. This brown bag style lunch is for anyone to join.
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Visit Pensacola will recognize our area’s top frontline staff nominees and winners at the 2nd Annual Hospitality Heroes Luncheon. This lunch to be held at Skopelos from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will also hear from keynote speaker, Alex Sheen, founder of the Because I said I would movement. For more information on tickets and tables call Leslie Brosofsky, 850.433.5398.
Lastly, we will wrap up the week with open houses at each of our Visitor Information Centers.Friday, May 12, 2017, we will host open houses at Pensacola Beach and the Pensacola locations. We will offer a hospitality trolley ride at 3 p.m. at the Pensacola location. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Perdido Key will host an open house from 9 a.m. – Noon with entertainment and refreshments. The open houses encourage visitors and locals to visit our locations and learn more about our area.
For more information on the events or the week, please visit www.visitpensacola.org/tourism or contact Leslie Brosofsky at 850.433.5398.
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.