The Worcester County Commissioners joined with tourism professionals from across the county to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5 – 11.
“Tourism plays a key role in the economic health of Worcester County where it supports 13,885 jobs, which accounts for 56% of the local labor force,” WCT Director Lisa Challenger said. “Tourism generates roughly $1.8 billion in visitor spending and $336 million in tourism tax revenues. Beyond the dollars, tourism plays a significant role in the wonderful quality of life here on the shore.”
This year’s celebration marks the 36th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week. Because travel matters, the County Commissioners recognize the impact of tourism on Worcester County’s economy and applaud the numerous accomplishments made by Worcester County Tourism (WCT) and its many state and local partners to grow tourism locally.
“Folks who live Ocean Pines know of its wonders but we are actively working to share those wonders with the region, the state, and the country,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director with the Ocean Pines Association. “Last summer, we saw record numbers at many of our public amenities, including our five pools, the Yacht Club, Skate Park and at our special weekly events at White Horse Park.”
Americans taking all or most of their vacation days to travel report being 20 percent happier with their personal relationships and 56 percent happier with their health and well-being, according to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). Furthermore, travel helps families connect, creating everlasting memories and developing lifelong bonds.
Established in 1983, National Travel and Tourism Week takes place during the first full week in May each year. The celebration is an annual salute to travel in America. According to the USTA, travel generated $2.5 trillion across all U.S. industries in 2018. In fact, the USTA notes that the monumental impacts of travel stretch beyond the economy to play a significant role in the establishment of new experiences, jobs, keeping America connected, benefiting health, establishing hometown pride, and strengthening families.
Learn more about the diverse tourism opportunities available in Worcester County at http://visitworcester.org and on social media at #beachandbeyond.