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May 4, 2020

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are joining hundreds of cities, states and businesses across the country in the nation’s annual salute to the power of travel and tourism. National Travel and Tourism Week runs May 3-9, 2020, with the theme “Spirit of Travel.”

This year, more than ever, the travel and tourism industry must unite together, support each other and remind the country that even through the most difficult times, the spirit of travel cannot be broken. It is the spirit of travel that makes visitors feel at home, provides lasting memories and inspires millions each and every day. It is the spirit of travel that is the undercurrent of American culture. And now is a time for the spirit of travel to be protected and supported.

Watch a video from Karen Riordan, president and CEO of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, talking about the spirit of travel. "When times are uncertain, the only certainty is that the spirit of travel will not be shattered." 

Since in-person rallies and events that have been hallmarks of NTTW in years past are not an option this year, our tourism community is is encouraging local residents to support our tourism-oriented businesses. Locals can purchase gift cards for future shopping, playing and dining or learn more about local attractions through video tours.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established as National Tourism Week in 1983 when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrated in May 1984. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a presidential proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” By January 1986, industry leaders had formed a permanent full-time office at the U.S. Travel Association to sponsor the event and expand tourism awareness into year-round programs.

For more information on tourism’s impact on the Myrtle Beach area, visit TourismWorksForUs.com.


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