Up & Coming Weekly

April 20, 2021

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM APRIL 21-27, 2021 UCW 3 TOURISM MEANS BUSINESS AT ALL LEVELS National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which takes place from May 2-8, is an annual tradition for the United States travel commu- nity. This is the dedicated week in which travel and tourism profes- sionals across the country unite to celebrate the value of travel for our economy, businesses, and personal well-being. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travel continued to be one of the largest generators of economic impact in the country, state and county. UNITED STATES Nationwide, the direct economic output generated by domestic and international visitors was $2.6 trillion in 2019 and the industry sup- ported 17 million jobs. In the same period travel was the 7th-largest US employer in the private sector. NORTH CAROLINA Before the pandemic, the value of travel and tourism to the state's economy was on an upward trajectory. In 2019, visitors to North Caro- lina generated an economic output of $26.77 billion, and more than 236,581 North Carolinians were employed in the travel and tourism industry. CUMBERLAND COUNTY In 2019, domestic travel to Cumberland County produced $601.12 million in direct expenditures which generated $44.59 million in state and local tax revenues. Taxes collected from travel to Cumberland County represents a $134.14 tax savings to each county resident! The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) works to maximize the economic impact from travel to Cumberland County. The FACVB is funded through occupancy tax collections, collected from overnight visitors at Cumberland County hotels and adminis- tered by the Tourism Development Authority. National Travel & Tourism Week, is organized by the United States Travel Association. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Melody Foote Director of Communications Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau B U L L E T I N Download a mobile app for exploring Cumberland County. A FREE public event Refreshments & door prizes! For more information: 910.484.6200 Safe distancing practices will be observed. & presents Catering is provided by Two Brothers Catering 5:30 pm to 7 pm Mule by Shane Booth May 4th 2021 An Approach to the Print

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