77th Annual Meeting

RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK

WHEREAS, the travel industry is the fifth largest employer in the United States, supporting 7.7 million American workers;

WHEREAS, domestic and international travel is a $740 billion industry producing $115 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues;

WHEREAS, international travel to the United States is a critical tool for enhancing America's image abroad and has significantly benefited the nation's balance of trade for 20 years;

WHEREAS, overseas visits to the United States are still 633,000 below pre-September 11 levels;

WHEREAS, the U.S. must keep better pace with the expanding global travel market starting with a nationally coordinated travel promotion program to attract millions of new international visitors;

WHEREAS, business and leisure travel are vital to the United States, enhancing our economic prosperity, health care, education, cultural understanding and public diplomacy;

WHEREAS, travel can serve as a catalyst to help stimulate the national economy;

WHEREAS, the Congress designated the first National Tourism Week in 1984 and encouraged celebrations in all 50 States and the Territories; and

WHEREAS, National Tourism Week has been observed and celebrated each May since;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors recognize the week beginning on the second Saturday in May of each year as "National Travel and Tourism Week;" and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that mayors from across the country are invited to issue proclamations encouraging the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to raise awareness of the value of travel to the welfare of the nation.