LAREDO, Texas, may 7.- This week, the Laredo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week. Established in 1983 by President Reagan, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual salute to travel in America. During the first full week in May, communities nationwide unite around a common theme to showcase travel’s contributions to the economy and American jobs. This year, the travel industry is coming together to celebrate why “Travel Matters,” spotlighting a different way travel matters each day to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
Travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy in 2018 across all U.S. industries. Here in Laredo, the travel industry generates an estimated $570 million in direct travel spending with approximately 1,377,205 leisure visitors to Laredo in 2018.