Source: Press Release
May 08, 2006
In the spirit of “See America Week ”, a week-long recognition and awareness of the importance of the tourism industry in the U.S., Visit Charlotte will be serving up the fun and promoting tourism during the week of May 15, 2006.
National Tourism Day, scheduled for May 19th, will involve events at the North Carolina Welcome Center I-77 north and Main Street at Visit Charlotte (331 S. Tryon Street).
The day will kick off at the Welcome Center with a Pit Stop for travelers from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. They will be greeted with area food samples, giveaways and visitor information on the Charlotte region from participating attractions and accommodations.
Locally, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. that day, the Visitor’s Information Center (331 S. Tryon St.) will hand out survival tote bags that are filled with fun places to go, things to see and plenty to do. Visitors and residents will have chances to win tickets to area attractions or Charlotte “gear ” from the Main Street at Visit Charlotte gift shop.
Special guests and exhibits include Nickelodeon character favorites from Paramount’s Carowinds, the new U.S. National Whitewater Center and LUGNUT, the official mascot of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For the kids, there will be racing-themed coloring tables and racing-related appearances and events are also planned.
Visit Charlotte will also travel to Raleigh on May 16 to participate in their ‘Tourism Day Extravaganza’ by presenting Charlotte’s regional attractions and visitor opportunities.
“See America Week ” was established by Congress in the early 1980’s to celebrate the tourism industry’s contribution to the US socially, culturally, and economically. Travel and tourism is a $950 billion industry in the United States. The travel dollar creates about 7.2 million direct travel-generated jobs and generates $95 billion in tax revenue for local, state, and federal governments. Tax dollars generated by travel fund vital educational programs; build roads, hospitals, and schools; and support social and community projects.
Visit Charlotte, a division of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, has promoted the Charlotte region for over20years as a destination for tourists, a host city for meetings and conventions and a site for sporting events.employs a staff of approximately 40 that includes satellite sales offices in Chicago and Washington, DC.