Cruise ship – Disney Wonder – Alaska (Photo credit: blmiers2)
As I was thinking this week about my newest blog post, several thoughts passed through my mind. Two events happened this past week leading to this posting and a title that I hope intrigues you. You know that feeling you get when a trip that you have been planning and dreaming about is right around the corner? That my friends is “anticipation”, which leads to the first event of the week.
We have family trip coming up in June for an Alaskan Cruise on the Disney Wonder. Our travel documents with luggage tags and itinerary details arrived this week and the “anticipation” is building! We are taking this trip with family and it is wonderful and exciting to share in the “anticipation” with them. So just to illustrate the sense of “anticipation” I am going to save my blog about this upcoming trip until next time because the second event that happened this week needs to take front and center for now.
So here is the second event….sitting right in my local paper today. I want to share with you some interesting facts and information about the profound effect of travel on individuals, communities, and local economies. Giving credit where credit is due, this is from an editorial in The Colony Courier by Diane Baxter, Director of Communications and Tourism for the city of The Colony. I will put quotes around the portions I am extracting direct from her editorial and then will throw in some facts and figures. It is interesting reading and speaks not only to the personal side of travel but the real impact the travel industry has on economies. I hope you find it as educational and interesting as I did.
“The 30th annual National Travel and Tourism Week takes place May 4th – 12th. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers, among the top 10 in 48 states and the District of Colombia. According to the US Travel Association, in Texas 555,990 workers are supported by travel and tourism – jobs that resulted from visitors spending $8.8 billion statewide, including $604,400 million in Denton County“. I would be missing Diane’s point entirely if I did not mention what she is of course promoting for our City. If you are from the area and have driven by or little community you have to take note of the exciting things that are going on here. You can’t help but notice the amazing land sculpturing (I just made that up, not a technical term I am sure) that is happening on the site where the new Nebraska Furniture Mart and Grandscape development will sit. Not to mention the newest Top Golf and Specks on the opposite side of the tollway. From her article again, “The Colony is a unique destination for meetings, sporting events, and leisure travel. Using the tagline, THE Lake, THE Golf, THE Fun, The Colony Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly promotes the abundant amenities, events, and dining options found throughout the city”. I am here to tell you it is about to get even more abundant. So that is on the local front… but what about on a national level?
“In 1983, US Congress passed a joint resolution establishing National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW). In support, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “appropriate ceremonies and activities”. The tradition is celebrated the first full week of May and paves the way for people to gather nationwide to spread the word of travel“. This section of the editorial spurred me on to highlight this information for all of you. As a self-proclaimed travel blog I felt I had to do my part. Add to that, as an HR professional who is always cognizant of jobs and employment facts and figures, this was impressive and worth sharing too. “According to the US Travel Association, travel and tourism generated $2 trillion in economic output for the US economy in 2012. The industry also represents one of America’s largest employers, supporting 14.6 million American jobs – jobs that cannot be outsourced.”
Thanks for reading my post and being a small part of travel week. If you are reading this already then you understand “The Travel Effect” and what “anticipation” for an upcoming trip or your next travel adventure is all about. It is nice to know that when you travel you are a part of something good for our economy and the country. I am sure that when you go to another country the concept is the same and you are helping contribute to their local economy.
I leave you with one last tidbit, so that you can have some “anticipation” for my next post when I will talk about family travel. I am fortunate and blessed to have extended family that loves travel too. Whenever we are together and we go out to eat we always try to eat locally and support the local businesses. Based on all that is happening here in The Colony you may be able to do just that in the very near future.
Until next time…. Martin