Travel and tourism is just as important to Plymouth, MA, as it is to any other city. This is why the Plymouth County CVB came out to rally in support of the travel and tourism industry. Business, political and community leaders came together to endorse the benefits of travel to the local economy at the National Travel and Tourism Week. The theme highlights the incredible impact that travel has on Plymouth County’s economy and culture. Each week of the event highlighted a different area of travel, i.e., new experiences, infrastructure, economy, health advantages, how travel strengthens families, and hometown pride.
If you ever thought that tourism was not a contender in the framework of the economy, think again. The numbers tell the story that needs to be told. Travel affects one in nine American jobs and in Massachusetts it accounts for over 140K jobs, which also includes thousands of local jobs situated in Plymouth County. In Plymouth County, specifically, travel and tourism accounts for $32,000,000 in local tax revenue. During the event, it was a way to celebrate the impact that travel has on the communities of Plymouth and surrounding cities. They called on everyone, including elected officials and locals, to join in saluting the importance of travel and tourism industry in Plymouth, MA. They also asked for support of the pro-travel legislation at the state, local and national level.
Everywhere from the smallest to the largest city in America, travel is important, according to U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. He admits that like many others, he admits that the being a part of the travel industry has shaped his life in ways that he could not have imagined before. The National Travel and Tourism Week celebrates how the power that travel has on the lives of those who travel, fuels the economy, and strengthens communities. These are certainly things worth celebrating.
Here are a couple of local figures that may not seem like much to the average person looking at them but trust us when we tell you that these figures are an part of the impact that travel has on the economy nationwide:
Clearly, if you look at the big picture, this is a small fraction of worldwide travel. Travel and tourism in Plymouth, MA is also considered in these figures. In FY17 it was reported that visitors to Massachusetts spent more than $22.9 billion and generated $1.5 billion in State and Local taxes. Everyone in Plymouth can benefit from increased revenue from travel and tourism, which is why these types of events are so important.