This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and its dynamic workforce. The 38th annual NTTW, May 2-8, recognizes the Power of Travel and the critical role the tourism industry will play in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring the economy and rebuilding our workforce.
Prior to the pandemic, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. Here in Washington County, we were experiencing unprecedented growth, with the destination seeing 3.2 million overnight visitors and nearly $750 million in direct visitor spending.
Unfortunately, that strong growth trend plummeted last year due to the pandemic. The tourism impacts report won’t be released until June, but we do know that Washington County—and the travel industry—is resilient. Hotel occupancy numbers are improving, which means people are traveling again.
While we faced extraordinary challenges in the past year, our industry united like never before, lifted each other up, aided one another, and devoted ourselves fully to the task of supporting and restoring all sectors of travel.
The travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and our community’s unique character. As we prepare to welcome visitors back to Washington County, we are so excited to share the full power of our industry—and the strength and spirit of Washington County, Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.