Visit Temecula Valley received a proclamation from the City of Temecula at the City Council Meeting on April 26, 2016 in support of National Travel & Tourism Week and the generous economic impact tourism has on the City of Temecula.
The proclamation acknowledged the 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7), which unites communities each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
"Look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 6500 right here in Temecula Valley," said Kimberly Adams, Visit Temecula Valley CEO/President. "This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our community, and we call on everyone-from elected officials to local residents-to join us in saluting this important industry, and support travel-friendly legislation that benefits travelers and our country alike."
Across Temecula Valley, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from hotel employees, to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance. Some of the numbers:
• 6500 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Temecula, California
• Travel and tourism generates 75 million in local tax revenue for Temecula, California.
These local figures are an important part of travel's economic importance nationwide. For example:
• Travel is a $2.1 trillion in the U.S., with $947.9 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S. by domestic and international visitors in 2015
• These visitors support 15 million American jobs-roughly 8 million direct travel jobs, and 7 million indirect and induced jobs.
• Travel-related spending generated $147.9 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues in 2015
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Temecula Valley. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with our families is good for everyone, especially our children-kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.
"Think of it this way: if travel were able to run for president in 2016, it'd be the perfect candidate," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. "It's a job creator, educator, and it's pro-family and pro-health. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we're saluting how our dynamic industry contributes to America and continues to do wonders for our business and personal lives."
In recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week, Visit Temecula Valley thanks its 2.8 million visitors in 2015 for exploring, shopping, dining, and enjoying Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country - including its 1.2 million overnight visitors! All travelers are invited to stop by the Visitor Center, located at 28690 Mercedes Street in Old Town Temecula, for a friendly welcome, cookies and lemonade, and maps, as well as other local resources.
For more information about Temecula Valley, please go online to VisitTemeculaValley.com, or call 951-491-6085.
About Visit Temecula Valley
Visit Temecula Valley is the official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors in the Temecula Valley Southern California region. The Temecula Hotel Tourism Improvement District is the primary source of funding for Visit Temecula Valley activities and programs. Additional funding is provided through alliances with visitor-serving partners throughout Temecula Valley.
Visit Temecula Valley is online at VisitTemeculaValley.com. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Downtown, Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes) adjacent the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. For visitor information and assistance, please call 888-363-2852 or 951-491-6085.