17th Annual NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK MAY 7-13, 2000
In 1983, the U.S. Congress designated National Tourism Week to draw public attention to the importance and benefits of the U.S. travel and tourism industry. The first event was celebrated with a Presidential Proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan at a public signing ceremony at The White House. To learn more about National Tourism Week, visit the Web site of the Travel Industry Association of America at www.tia.org and click on the "tourism awareness" link.
Chair of the IACVB Board of Directors, Greg Ortale, and IACVB president and CEO, Edward Nielsen, reflect on the meaning of National Tourism Week to convention and visitor bureaus nationwide.
National Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the flesh and blood of our industry. It is more than pointing at monuments or talking about all the dollars which flow into our communities as a result of tourism. It is a recognition that we all sustain our lives and our families from an industry that provides real opportunity to real people. Travel and tourism is one of the very few remaining "bootstrap" industries where hard work and experience can provide a truly vertical career path. It is an industry in the American tradition: hard work and reward. That is something we all should take pride in and celebrate annually in May.
--Greg D. Ortale President & CEO, Greater Minneapolis CVA
The observance of National Tourism Week validates IACVB's belief as an organization that our industry contributes in enormous ways to a community and its citizens. …