76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008



WHEREAS, National Tourism Week was established in 1983 when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be first celebrated in May 1984; and

WHEREAS, travel is at the heart of America’s economic and national security; and

WHEREAS, travel is one of America’s largest service exports creating a travel trade surplus in excess of $8 billion and is one of the nation’s largest employers accounting for more than 7.5 million direct travel-generated jobs, or one in every eight U.S. non-farm jobs, with workers sharing total earnings of$178.1 billion; and

WHEREAS, including the direct spending in the U.S. by domestic and international visitors, travel and tourism generated $740 billion last year, providing $110 billion in tax revenue to local, state and federal governments; and

WHEREAS, the travel industry supports the interests of cities nationwide, contributing to employment, economic prosperity, international trade and relations, peace, understanding and goodwill; and

WHEREAS, travel ranks as one of the largest industries in terms of revenues generated; and

WHEREAS, as people throughout the world become increasingly aware of the outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities available in destinations throughout the United States, travel will become an increasingly vital resource in improving America’s image around the world and an extension of our public diplomacy; and

WHEREAS, given these laudable contributions to the economic, social and cultural well-being of the nation, it is fitting that we recognize the importance of the American travel industry;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges mayors to build and foster partnerships with their local travel and tourism communities to proclaim and celebrate May 9-17, 2009 as National Tourism Week and to participate in and support local efforts to promote travel to their cities.