While traveling on a recent vacation with my brother and sister-in-law to North Carolina, we just happened to stumble upon something nice. After deciding to take a short break, we noticed a big sign enticing travelers to stop by as part of National Tourism Week. Welcome Centers throughout the state wanted to show their appreciation for the tourists who visit their state.
We were barely able to secure a parking lot because of the number of cars. After getting out of the car, we noticed several booths manned with people just jumping at the chance to let you know of what their state had to offer. There was even some kind of historical display where people were dressed up reflecting a particular time period. These representatives from the tourism industry were armed with various brochures that were free for the taking. They were there to answer any questions you had too. Smokey the Bear was also in attendance mingling among the crowds on this particularly hot day.
There were hotdogs, lemonade, chips and funnel cakes available at no cost to you. Several booths distributed recipe cards for those who wanted them. The staff was very friendly.
After driving four hours toward our destination we were so glad that we were able to enjoy this pleasant treat just for being a tourist. I thought it was a clever way to entice people to travel to their state.
According to an online article, the first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
If it’s true that you learn something new every day, I am glad for becoming aware of this event. It’s an ideal way for each state to proudly display what they have to offer. There’s no doubt that it would boost the economy too. Additionally this would be a great time to vacation locally especially when your budget dictates it. But rest assured you can still have fun in your own back yard. Try it some time.