Business Leaders Gather to Endorse Travel’s Economic and Cultural Benefits During National Travel and Tourism Week
Visit Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) are promoting the significance of travel and tourism during the 2019 National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), May 5 - 11, 2019.
Now in its 36th year, NTTW supports the many ways travel contributes to the community. The event unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. NTTW celebrates the many facets of travel: the economy, new experiences, jobs, infrastructure, health benefits, hometown pride and how travel strengthens families. The theme of this year’s NTTW is “Travel Matters,” and locally, the MBACC is highlighting the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Myrtle Beach’s culture and economy.
“This week, we are celebrating travel’s powerful impact on our community,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the MBACC. “The numbers tell an important story. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 83,000 jobs right here in Myrtle Beach, and economists estimate that 80% of our tourism-related jobs are year-round, full-time positions.”
At an annual MBACC travel and tourism celebration and update event on May 8, Riordan discussed the amazing economic impact tourism has on the Grand Strand area. “Locally, tourism provides more than $7 billion dollars in economic impact,” said Riordan. “This is huge for our residents and businesses, and we will continue to work hard to promote, protect and improve our beautiful community.”
The event recapped the MBACC’s current and upcoming marketing efforts and included updates on group sales and government affairs. The entire program can be viewed on the MBACC Partner Connect website.
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