Temple, Texas Is the Power of Travel

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, taking place May 2-8, recognizes the Power of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring

the economy, rebuilding our workforce, and reconnecting America.

 Prior to the pandemic, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. The industry had experienced 107 straight months of growth, generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.

Unfortunately, that strong growth trend plummeted last year due to the pandemic. Travel spending in the U.S. declined 42%, costing the economy $1.1 trillion, while hardworking Americans supported by travel made up a staggering 65%

of all U.S. unemployment.

 However, Temple, Texas – and the travel industry – is resilient.

 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.

Temple’s Destination Marketing Team is participating in NTTW by suggesting that we Rediscover Temple and its museums, attractions, restaurants, and outdoor spaces.

Enjoy FREE admission to local museums this week.

Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center 119 W French Ave Temple, TX 76501 254.899.2935 FREE Admission May 3 - May 8

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum 315 W Avenue B Temple, TX 76501 254.298.5172 FREE Admission May 3 - May 7 Tickets are required for National Train Day on May 8th. https://bit.ly/3sB5nYt

Bell County Museum 201 N Main St Belton, TX 76513 254.933.5243 FREE Admission Always

 As we follow travel sentiment, it is refreshing to learn that in April 52% of Americans booked a hotel room. More than 88% of Americans have made tentative leisure trip plans, and 77% will make a trip in the next 3 months for the purpose of relaxation and fun.

(Destination Analysts)

Teresa Anderson, FCDME

Destination Marketing Manager

City of Temple, TX