It is National Travel & Tourism Week, and Grand Forks is celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.Â During May 7-15, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to healthy and vibrant communities, increasing their attractiveness as places to live, work and visit.
Did you know that travel and tourism is a $2 trillion industry in the United States?Â It generates $120 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments and without this revenue, each U.S. household would pay an additional $1,000 in taxes.Â Travel and tourism is also one of the countryâ€™s largest employers, with 7.7 million direct travel-generated jobs.
The GGFCVB would also like to show our appreciation by hosting an Open House in the Visitor Center (4251 Gateway Drive) during National Tourism Week.Â Free coffee and cookies will be served from 9 AM to 5 PM, and there will be a 10% discount on most gift shop items.Â Also, if you friend the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter, you will automatically be registered to win two season passes to the 2011 season of Art & Wine Walk.
North Dakota Tourism Facts & Figures
-Travel and tourism is North Dakota’s third largest industry (behind agriculture and energy).
-8.5% of total employment in the state was created by travel and tourism economic activity.
-Approximately $760 million a year in wages and salaries were generated by travel and tourism.
-More than 16 million visitor trips are spent in North Dakota each year.
-In 2010, North Dakota took in over $175 million in visitor spending.
-67% of travelers are non-residents.