JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Visit Jacksonville invites the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the local Travel and Tourism industry, the professionals that make our industry a thriving one, and the visitors that come from all over the world to explore and experience our destination during National Travel and Tourism Week 2017.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Visit Jacksonville invites the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the local Travel and Tourism industry, the professionals that make our industry a thriving one, and the visitors that come from all over the world to explore and experience our destination during National Travel and Tourism Week 2017. Now in its 34rd year, the special week (from May 7-13, 2017) serves to champion the power of the tourism industry.
Travel is a job creator, an economic engine, an educator, it promotes family and health. Travel is a primary industry that works for our nation and city.
Just last year alone:
- Direct spending by domestic and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.7 billion a day. That’s $113.1 million an hour. $1.9 million a minute.
- 1 out of 9 jobs in the nation depends on the travel industry. It directly supported nearly 8.6 million U.S. jobs in 2016, an increase of 2.4 percent from 2015. These are jobs that cannot be outsourced to any other place.
- Each household would pay an extra $1250 in taxes without the tax revenue generated by travel and tourism.
This 2017, so far in Jacksonville, our local travel and tourism industry is thriving:
- More than 16,000. That’s how many out-of-town visitors are in our destination every single day. And that matters, big time, because their presence here means huge economic benefits to Jacksonville
- According to our latest numbers, Travel and Tourism has an economic impact of $3.2 Billion in Jacksonville
- Tourism employs 53,000 local workers
- February 2017 was the best February ever for our destination, our local hotels earned more than back during the Super Bowl
- March 2017 marked the 42 month of consecutive growth for our hotels when it comes to revenue
- And March was very busy with almost 81% average hotel occupancy for the entire month. There were over 15,000 more room nights sold in this March than in March of 2016 which statistics show it was the busiest month in 2016.
“Jacksonville has had 4 years of record-breaking tourism growth. That is a huge accomplishment for the local tourism industry and for the city of Jacksonville, because not only are we offering a tourism product people from all over the world want to experience, but the overall positive economic impact of the industry is growing with more revenue being generated, more people employed in the sector, new business opening and a new destination image being presented to the world,” said Paul Astleford, President and CEO of Visit Jacksonville.
During the week of May 7-13, Visit Jacksonville invites our community to be tourists in their own hometown and experience the natural wonders, cultural offerings, and sporting events that make Jacksonville one of the top travel destination in Florida for leisure and business travelers. Show us how you are celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week on social media by using the hashtags #onlyinjax and #nttw17.
About Visit Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville is a DMAI accredited Destination Marketing Organization contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) to champion the growth of business and leisure tourism in Northeast Florida. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to www.VisitJacksonville.com or contact 800-733-2668.