May 7-13, 2023 is National Travel and Tourism week. This is a week set aside for all of us in the tourism industry to recognize the impact that travel has on our community, state, and nation. For me personally, if there is one positive thing that came out of the recent pandemic, it was the reminder of the value and importance that travel has on our economy and on our personal well-being. To have a strong economy, we need people to move around, to go new places and spend money while they are there. And in our personal lives, we need to travel to keep ourselves healthy physically and mentally, and to broaden our thinking and understanding of the world in which we live. The travel and tourism industry makes a positive difference in our economy and in our lives.
Last week, along with several members of the Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism, I was able to attend a proclamation signing with Governor Kelly, proclaiming May 7-13 as National Travel and Tourism Week in Kansas. I wanted to share with you the words from the proclamation – as I think these statements speak loudly as to why this week is so important for us to recognize.
Proclamation By The Governor
TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS
WHEREAS, travel has a positive effect on Kansas and the nation’s economic prosperity, supporting more than 60,300 jobs; and
WHEREAS, the travel and tourism industry fuels every industry and will continue to be an essential part of Kansas’ economy, development, and workforce; and
WHEREAS, travel is an economic-driver for every community across the state, with $11.2 billion in direct and indirect spending, including $7 billion spent directly by travelers; and
WHEREAS, tourism spending supports vibrant and safe communities in Kansas by generating $700 million in state and local tax revenue to support essential services, such as education, emergency response, public safety and more; and
WHEREAS, travel and tourism enables success for all industries – including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and more – by driving sales growth, encouraging innovation, education and operations that move our economy, our nation and Kansas forward; and
WHEREAS, the travel and tourism industry is the heartbeat of Kansas communities and businesses, inviting visitors from around the globe to enjoy the experiences that only Kansas can offer; and
WHEREAS, welcoming visitors from near and far has always been, and always will be, the enduring spirit of the travel industry and Kansas.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Laura Kelly, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim May 7-13, 2023 as National Travel and Tourism Week in the state of Kansas and I urge all citizens to join in this observation.
The last two Whereas statements are my favorites…in fact I get a little choked up every time I read them. The travel industry IS the heartbeat of Kansas.
I wish you a very happy National Travel and Tourism Week.