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Montgomery County Celebrates the “Power of Travel” During National Travel & Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021 (May 2-8), hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.

This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and its dynamic workforce.

The 38th annual NTTW, taking place May 2-8, recognizes the Power of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring the economy, rebuilding our workforce and reconnecting America.

Prior to the pandemic, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. The industry had experienced 107 straight months of growth, generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.

Unfortunately, that strong growth trend plummeted last year due to the pandemic. Travel spending in the U.S. declined 42%, costing the economy $1.1 trillion, while hardworking Americans supported by travel made up a staggering 65% of all U.S. unemployment.

From our extensive array of national, state and regional parks to our diverse arts and cultural attractions to our variety of hotels and everything in between, Montgomery County’s travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and our community’s unique character.

In 2019, Montgomery County ranked the #1 most visited county in Maryland with 9 million visitors annually and $1.984 billion in economic impact to the local economy. Due to the pandemic, Montgomery County’s hospitality, entertainment, recreation and cultural industries have experienced tremendous losses over the past year.

“Montgomery County —and the travel industry—is resilient. While we faced extraordinary challenges in the past year, our industry united like never before, lifted each other up, aided one another, and devoted ourselves fully to the task of supporting and restoring all sectors of our industry,” Visit Montgomery President and CEO Kelly Groff said.

Montgomery County is participating in NTTW by celebrating the tourism community all week long through our @VisitMoCo social media channels and a proclamation during the Montgomery County Council Session on May 11.

From all of us at Visit Montgomery, we are so excited to share the full power of our industry—and the strength and spirit of Montgomery County—this NTTW. In honor of NTTW, here are five ways you can help celebrate The Power of Travel.