Economic Impact from travelers mean big dollars for Ames
To recognize nationwide efforts to celebrate the impact of travel and tourism on the U.S. Economy and right here in Story County, Mayor John Haila announced May 5 – 11, 2019 as National Travel and Tourism Week with a signed proclamation in front of local tourism industry leaders.
The 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being, has been brought to the forefront locally by the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The proclamation notes the $2.5 trillion in economic output generated by the travel industry in the U.S. in 2018, and nearly $1 trillion in travelers’ direct spending. Just for Ames, overnight visitors bring $120 million into the local economy through lodging, retail, entertainment, transportation, and food and beverage receipts.
“Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including more than 1,600 jobs right here in Story County,” said Julie Weeks, President and CEO for the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Think about how different ISU Football games, Hickory Park or Reiman Gardens would look without the guests coming into our community each day.”
Additionally, Ames benefits from travel in the unique way hotel/motel tax funds are used as community grant awards for organizations planning activities for Ames residents and to draw out-of-town guests into the county. This year’s grant recipients include Run for the Roses, Reggie’s Sleepout, Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market, the 25th Annual Senior Variety Show, and dozens of other events scheduled throughout the year.
The theme of this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week is “Travel Matters,” and organizations throughout the U.S. are highlighting innumerable ways in which travel is important to the economy, jobs, connecting American, families, health, hometown pride and more.
“Welcoming visitors always has been and always will be the foundation of our industry, and we know the City [of Ames] shares that commitment,” said Eve Lederhouse, Director of Communications for the Bureau. “Travel definitely matters to Ames, Iowa,”
For more information about how travel benefits the Ames community, please see our “Why Travel Matters to Ames” blog post here.