ILLINOISouth celebrating Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year’s theme: the Spirit of Travel. 

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to underscore the economic power of travel in the United States. The 37thNTTW (May 3-9) arrives at an opportune moment to unite the industry, celebrate its indomitable spirit and elevate the role it will play in America’s economic recovery. 

“Through every hardship, I find myself in awe of the travel industry’s ability to join together, adapt, and emerge stronger than before,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This is our toughest challenge yet, but what I’ve seen is that the spirit of travel has not been shattered.” 

Since in-person rallies and events that have been hallmarks of NTTW in years past are not an option this year, ILLINOISouth Tourism is engaging folks by hosting a children’s coloring contest, as well as a virtual scavenger hunt on their social media accounts.

Parents can post pictures of their children with the coloring page(s) they completed, for a chance to win a prize. Coloring pages can be printed from this link:

For more, please see this week’s print edition.