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."

This summer, New York is welcoming its first sports betting bar and casino, Rivers Sportsbook Schenectady. The lounge, designed by DMAC Architecture, is approximately 1,800 square feet of comfortable chairs with charging ports, betting terminals and a gaming floor. With walls covered in high definition televsions, Rivers Sportsbook allows guests to place bets on several different games rather than just focusing on one.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Mount Airy Casino Resort revealed its recent expansion with a ribbon cutting on May 2. The expansion included several additions and renovations to the resort's event space.

Before the expansion, Mount Airy Casino Resort lacked space to accommodate large scale meetings and conventions, but now it has a full-service four-star diamond resort that can accommodate 750 guests seated or 1,200 standing.