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It's Tourism Week 2022 in Shawnee, OK!

Updated: Feb 13

It's National Travel and Tourism Week 2022! Each year on the first week of May, US Travel spotlights the collective strength of this important industry in partnership with destinations across the nation.

This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and promising future of the U.S. travel and tourism industry. This year is the 39th annual NTTW, and we're celebrating the travel industry's role in 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 Shawnee, Oklahoma 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. We're participating in NTTW in a new way every day of the week:

From the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art to the Painted Horses, the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center to historic downtown Shawnee, the travel and tourism industry is alive and well and contributes so much to the local economy and spirit of our community.

From all of us here at Visit Shawnee and the City of Shawnee, have a great week and we hope to see you at a Shawnee area destination!


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