During this past week, cities across the U.S. united to observe National Travel & Tourism Week, a yearly tradition established by a Congressional resolution in 1983. The event honors the important contributions the travel industry makes to the economy.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrated the tradition by creating an infographic of the economic impact meetings and conventions have on the city.

"At the Convention & Visitors Bureau, we promote Philadelphia's assets to overseas visitors, travel and tour operators, as well as to meeting planners. The impact of these visitors on our local economy is staggering, helping to support more than 65,000 hospitality jobs in Philadelphia," says Jack Ferguson, president/CEO, PHLCVB. "National Travel & Tourism Week is a time for us to showcase the power of these visitors and conventions, and this infographic tells that story in an entertaining way." 

In 2014, the travel and tourism industry had a tremendous impact on the U.S. $141.5 billion was generated in federal, state and local tax revenues, and $927.9 billion was derived from direct travel-related spending both by domestic and international travelers.

"Travel contributes to the fabric of America and continues to do wonders for our businesses and personal lives," says Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the travel industry in the U.S. "This weeklong celebration should extend to every day of the week to strengthen further our dynamic industry."

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.” 

 

The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. 

 

In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”