The 39th annual NTTW, taking place May 1-7, recognizes the Future of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in rebuilding the workforce, helping communities recover, fostering sustainability, ushering in new innovations and reconnecting travelers in the U.S. and around the world.
Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. Travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.
While the industry was hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, we are recovering and positioning our industry for a return to growth. There is great optimism among American travelers to get back on the road and see our great country.
We have overcome many obstacles, and the future is bright.
That’s why here in Ridgeland and across America, we are using NTTW to recognize the contributions of the U.S. travel industry and how we will grow a more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive future. While the pandemic was a setback, it’s also an opportunity to reimagine the industry to be greater than ever before.
Ridgeland is participating in NTTW by hosting Art, Wine and Wheels, a weekend that encompasses three of Ridgeland’s signature events (Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Santé South Wine Festival and Natchez Trace Century Ride.) These events are made possible thanks to Visit Ridgeland, the MIND Center at UMMC and Ridgeland Recreation and Parks, respectively. For more information, visit www.artwineandwheels.com.
From the vast waters of the Barnett Reservoir to the cobble streets of Renaissance at Colony Park, travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and the spirit of our community. From all of us at Visit Ridgeland, we are excited for all of the promising things ahead for Ridgeland and the U.S. travel industry.