May 1, 2018

Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrates Travel and Tourism Week

Great Lakes Bay Region, Michigan — Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau will be celebrating National Travel and Tourism week. This event is part of the 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12), which unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. 


“Just look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including one in ten jobs right here in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Annette Rummel, President/CEO, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our communities of Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support travel-friendly legislation of our local, state and national economies.”


The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Then and Now,” highlights the travel industry’s history of economic impact in every corner of America. Across Michigan, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance. For example:


·      Travel and tourism generates in nearly $23 million dollars in tax revenue within our Region and for the State of Michigan.


These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. To wit:


·      Travel is a $2.3 trillion industry in the U.S., with $990.3 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S. by domestic and international visitors in 2016.

·      These visitors support 15.3 million American jobs—roughly 8.6 million direct travel jobs, and 6.7 million indirect and induced jobs.

·      Travel-related spending generated $72 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues in 2016.


In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with family is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults. 


“Many aspects of the U.S. travel experience may have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t: it’s impact on the lives of American workers all over the country,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. “Whether we’re talking about 1968 or 2018, travel jobs have been a gateway to the middle class for millions—and they’re completely non-exportable, no matter how much the global economy changes. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re saluting travel’s long history as an economic engine in our country, and calling on our nation’s leaders to prioritize travel-friendly legislation, for the sake of millions of American workers."


Click to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week 2018.



Amber Balley
Leisure Travel Manager
Go Great Lakes Bay
(989) 752-7164