National Travel & Tourism Week 2021, which runs from May 2nd through May 8th, spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry. This annual celebration spotlights the critical role that travel plays in the U.S. economy. This celebratory week was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel. Additionally, this year’s celebration arrives with the opportunity to recognize the importance of travel to the U.S. economy, while initiating a post-pandemic recovery. Recent data released suggests that $766 Billion was lost in U.S. tourism due to the coronavirus.
Locally, during this week of celebration, the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau would host its Tourism Banquet & Pineapple Awards as the kick-off event. This annual celebration brings tourism partners together to celebrate and prepare for the upcoming season ahead. As a safety precaution to partners, the Bureau decided to cancel the banquet for 2021 and will celebrate the week by recognizing the hard work and dedication of the local tourism industry. The Bureau will be releasing a daily video throughout the week that highlights each category of the Pineapple Awards. Additionally, the Bureau would like to thank all the individuals who volunteered, work behind the scenes and served on the front lines during the pandemic to keep tourism going in Ross County.
“Tourism is very important to the economy, not only nationally but right here in Ross County.” Stated Melody Young, Executive Director of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This past year brought hardships to many sectors due to the pandemic. Tourism was one of those sectors severely impacted, but the Ross-Chillicothe CVB is dedicated to helping drive Ross County’s recovery. It is extremely exciting to see festivals and events returning, attractions that were closed last year are reopening for their seasons this year, and new activities are being announced. It is clear; with safety precautions in place, Ross County is ready to welcome visitors this season!”
Please join the Bureau during this National Travel & Tourism Week in celebrating the importance of tourism in Ross County. Follow the Bureau on Facebook and Twitter to watch the videos but also to learn about attractions, events, and activities to do this year. For more information about what is happening in Chillicothe and Ross County, visit the Bureau online at VisitChillicotheOhio.com.