Columbus, GA - In conjunction with National Tourism Week, to be held May 8-16, 2010, and the upcoming summer travel season, the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will mark the occasion with daily events in the Columbus Visitors Center, located at 900 Front Avenue.
Working with its tourism partners to celebrate the weeklong recognition, the Columbus CVB will welcome local hotels including TownePlace Suites, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn. Also teaming up with the CVB to treat visitors to samples of sweet tea, cookies, popcorn and other goodies will be Country's Barbecue, Vintage 222, Subway, Chester's Barbecue, the Columbus Trade Center and Carmike Cinemas. Celebrating this special week in conjunction with the Columbus CVB are organizations such as the Georgia Visitors Center, National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Ride on Bikes, Uptown Car Wash, the Springer Opera House and Callaway Gardens.
Not only will some of these organizations be on hand to share what they have to offer to local citizens and visitors, but many are also teaming up to offer special prizes that will be given away throughout the week for those who stop by and register at the Visitors Center.
National Tourism Week is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. The goal is to enhance the local, regional and national economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism.
National Travel and Tourism Week was established as National Tourism Week in 1983 when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrated in May 1984. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with "the appropriate ceremonies and activities." Industry leaders and public relations professionals from the major travel and tourism trade associations were the first volunteers to manage the annual event. By January 1986 industry leaders had formed a permanent full-time office at the U.S. Travel Association to sponsor the event and expand tourism awareness into year-round programs.
Tourism remains the second largest industry in Georgia generating over $34 billion. Conventions and tourism brought an economic impact of $359 million to Columbus along with 1.5 million visitors, and employing some 6,900 people according to economic studies provided by Columbus State University's Abbott-Turner College of Business.
For more information, contact the Columbus CVB at (706) 322.1613. or visit the website at visitcolumbusga.com.