Virginia Travel and Tourism Week


WHEREAS,the first full week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week to promote the contributions of travel and tourism to our nation’s economic prosperity and image around the world, and the well-being of Americans; and


WHEREAS, travel to and within the United States produces significant economic benefits, generating $2.1 trillion in economic output in 2013, and supporting 14.9 million jobs; and


WHEREAS, travel and tourism are vital components of Virginia’s diverse economy, a cornerstone of our vibrant quality of life, and a catalyst for entrepreneurship, cultural enrichment, historic preservation, community revitalization, and economic growth; and


WHEREAS, in 2012, the travel and tourism industry ranked as the fifth largest private employer in the Commonwealth, generating $21.2 billion in visitor spending, supporting 210,000 jobs, and providing $1.36 billion in state and local taxes; and 

WHEREAS, the Virginia Tourism Authority was established by the General Assembly of Virginia on July 1, 1999, to stimulate the tourism industry in the Commonwealth, support the development of local tourism marketing programs, and increase the prosperity and welfare of the people of Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, in an effort to market the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination, the Virginia Tourism Authority works tirelessly—in partnership with localities, destination marketing organizations, businesses, and non-profit institutions—to extend the appeal, reach, and impact of the “Virginia is for Lovers” brand; and 

WHEREAS, travel and tourism professionals are devoted ambassadors for Virginia, whose commitment to economic opportunity, community development, hospitality and progress exemplify the highest ideals and best traditions of the Commonwealth; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 3-11, 2014, as TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.