National Travel And Tourism Week Spotlights Benefits Of Travel To Greater Phoenix

Americans tout travel's positive effects on economy, business and communities nationwide

May 07, 2013, 08:01 ET from Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau

PHOENIX, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater Phoenix CVB and local area CVBs hosted a media brunch at the Desert Botanical Garden in their new restaurant, Gertrudes, on Monday, May 6, as part of the 30th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. Local area CVBs representing Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Glendale supported the National Travel and Tourism Week event at one of the foremost visitor attractions in the area. They also were there to show of support for the jobs and economic impact created by visitors to Greater Phoenix region.

Approximately 100 cities nationwide are expected to hold events to champion travel as a jobs creator and economic driver. Many events will be staged under the "Travel Effect" theme, which is part of the U.S. Travel Association's multiyear campaign to prove through authoritative research the real and meaningful impact the travel industry has on our lives, businesses and economy.

"Travel supports 14.6 million jobs across the nation, including thousands of local jobs here in Phoenix," said Doug MacKenzie, Director of Media Relations at the Greater Phoenix CVB.  "We are meeting today to celebrate the benefits of travel in our community, and we're letting our elected officials and local citizens know about the positive effect travel has on Phoenix's economy and people." 

Travel and tourism is a $18.3 billion industry for Arizona, providing over 150,000 jobs and generating $2.7 billion in local tax revenue. Travel employs a broad and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. Travel further supports employees in other industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

"Travel is a force that can drive our nation's economic recovery. It is one of the healthiest sectors in terms of job creation and hiring, employing one out of every eight Americans," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. "We are galvanizing support to spread awareness of the Travel Effect to showcase the power of our industry and its impact on not only our economy and businesses, but also on our health, education and relationships."

Travel Effect research proves that along with its economic benefits, travel has the power to improve relationships and to create lasting family memories. Additional studies include measuring the bottom-line impact of business travel and the impact of government meetings on public- and private-sector development and local communities. More information is available at

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism generated $2.0 trillion in economic output for the U.S. economy in 2012. The industry also represents one of America's largest employers, supporting 14.6 million jobs (including 7.7 million directly in the travel industry and 6.9 million in other industries). Direct spending by domestic and international travelers averaged $2.3 billion a day, $97.7 million an hour, $1.6 million a minute and $25,125 a second.

SOURCE Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau