Next month brings with it an exciting annual celebration.

For many people, May marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. Even if you work, the warmer months offer the possibility of that much-needed getaway. If you have saved your vacation days, now is the time to start planning that trip.

Around the world, many countries benefit greatly from the tourism industry, and this is equally true regarding the United States. In fact, the U.S. appreciates tourism so much that they set aside one week each year to celebrate it. National Travel and Tourism Week runs this year from May 6 through May 12. 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of this nationwide event. This week exists as an educational opportunity for citizens to appreciate how tourism benefits the economy.

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Here are some ways you can appreciate this week-long holiday this year.

The U.S. Travel Association’s theme for this year’s celebration is “travel then and now.” The country is taking a step back and observing just how much travel has impacted its states and towns. If you have a story or a photograph with your observations on how you’ve seen travel affect where you live, be sure to share it on social media. Use the hashtags #nttw18 and #TravelNow when you post in order to stay in the loop.

Additionally, across the nation, many town visitor bureaus are hosting various events and open houses during the week of May 6 through May 12. Look into your local city’s page for more information regarding your local events. For more resources, also check out the U.S. Travel Association’s website for a listing of current events taking place.

Celebrate National Tourism Week this year to learn a little more about your country and take a moment to appreciate all that tourism brings to the United States.

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