Travel Matters is the Theme of National Tourism Week, May 5-11, 2019

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National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11, celebrates the role of tourism, considered one of the most significant and vibrant industries in the United States. Travel Matters is the theme of this year’s campaign,

According to a press release issued by Brand USA, “the tourism industry continues to benefit the nation’s citizenry in communities – large and small – throughout the USA. It provides an influx of revenue and prosperity, while building and fortifying the appeal of communities everywhere.”

In 2018, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy, supporting 15.7 million American jobs, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

In Massachusetts, nearly 29 million visitors spent $22.9 billion in 2017, supporting 149,400 jobs and generating $1.5 billion in state and local taxes and $2.1 billion in federal taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

International visitation to Massachusetts grew by 5.7% in 2017, thanks to the Commonwealth’s tourism assets, innovation economy and world-class educational and research centers.

Boston Logan International Airport has developed as a hub for domestic and international travels. Currently there are 58 international destinations served by 33 airlines, and 76 domestic destinations served by 13 airlines, according to Massport. These include flights to Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In addition, the Worcester Regional Airport in Central Massachusetts continues to grow, with five daily departures to four destinations including New York, Philadelphia Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, with a flight to Detroit starting in August. Together, these flights offer connections to over 120 destinations worldwide.

For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.