National Tourism Day
annually on May 7th
Mark Twain once wrote: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Tourism gives people new experiences, enriches their lives in countless ways, helps businesses, and bolsters the economy. National Tourism Day takes place during National Travel and Tourism Week, which occurs during the first full week of May. Congress passed a resolution in 1983, a proclamation was signed by Ronald Reagan the following year, and the week was first celebrated that May. At the time it took place later in the month. During the week, travel and tourism professionals come together to celebrate the benefits of tourism. On National Tourism Day, some tourist sites and municipalities promote their location, and sometimes they hold special events. Those who enjoy travel and tourism may find an event to attend, do some traveling and touring, or plan a place to travel to on the day.
How to Observe National Tourism Day
Celebrate the day by researching places you would like to visit in the future, or do some tourism or take a trip on the day. Since it is National Tourism Day and World Tourism Day isn't until September, it may be more fitting to explore your own country. Maybe you have yet to explore some of its most revered locations, or perhaps you are more interested in exploring some of its odd tourist attractions. Giving someone the gift of travel by buying them a plane ticket is another way to celebrate the day. If you work at a tourist location, help organize an event to help promote your site on the day.