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Monday, May 10, 2010

National Travel and Tourism Week

In honor of "National Travel and Tourism Week" May 8-16. The Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCCVB) has planned many activities to celebrate the tremendous economic, social and cultural impact travel and tourism has had in Harrison County; and the local hospitality and tourism employees who keep the visitors coming back, year after year.

The U.S. Travel Association reports that travel and tourism is one of America's largest industries. Direct spending by domestic and international travelers generated $704 billion in the nation's economy last year. The industry also represents one of America's largest employers, accounting for more than 10 million direct and indirect jobs. Though the travel workforce has declined as a result of the prolonged recession, the industry expects to add 90,000 new American jobs due to modest gains in travel expected in 2010.

In recognition of travel and tourism's tremendous economic, social and cultural impact in Harrison County, the HCCVB will be observing "National Travel and Tourism Week" May 8-16 with an open house at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center. Free popcorn and a special gift will be given to local residents. Tourism promotion is funded by $442,000 in Innkeeper's Taxes and $574,000 in Casino Admission Taxes each year. This critical county function is made possible because of visitor spending - without cost to Harrison County residents. Approximately $318 million is brought into Harrison County's economy each year from direct visitor spending.

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