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Arkansas Travel Rally Day Highlight 27th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 11


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism


First Lady Ginger Beebe and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum headline the May 11 festivities as The Natural State takes part in the national Travel Rally Day. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and takes place on the on the Arkansas State Capitol front steps.

This is one of dozens of rallies scheduled nationwide on this date to recognize the importance of the travel and tourism industry to the economy. Employees from major sectors of the Arkansas travel industry are going to be in attendance to show support for jobs and economic impact created by visitors.

Arkansas Tourism Director Joe David Rice will welcome those in attendance, followed by a performance from Miss Arkansas. Remarks are by Karen Trevino, director of the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, speaking on behalf of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, and Richard W. Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. First Lady Ginger Beebe will read an official Governor’s proclamation declaring May 8-16 as Tourism Week in Arkansas and recognize the importance of the travel and tourism industry to the state.

Travel and tourism is one of the more reliable generators of jobs at all levels of the American economy. In Arkansas, travel and tourism is a $5.4 billion industry, providing 58,424 jobs and generating $281 million in state taxes. It is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from airline and attraction workers to those in restaurants and hotels.

The U.S. Travel Association reports that travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries. Direct spending by domestic and international travelers generated $704 billion in the nation’s economy last year. The industry also represents one of America’s largest employers, accounting for 15.1 million total jobs. Though the travel workforce has declined as a result of the prolonged recession, the industry expects to add 90,000 new American jobs due to modest gains in travel expected in 2010. U.S. Travel projects 1.95 billion domestic person-trips will take place this year, up two percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Commerce expects 56.5 million international arrivals into the U.S. in 2010, an increase of nearly three percent over 2009. Visit the U.S. Travel Association Website – www.ustravel.org/marketing/national-travel-and-tourism-week -- for more information.

Donna Perrin or Kristine Puckett with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism can provide additional information on the Arkansas events. Call 501-682-5240.

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