National Travel and Tourism Week plans are announced!!!






Plans are underway for the 2017 National Travel & Tourism Week scheduled for May 7-13, 2017.  The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has planned a week-long celebration to bring awareness to the remarkable impact tourism provides for local jobs and economic growth potential. 


“Just look at the numbers.  Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including nearly 1500 jobs here in our county,” noted Denise Liggett, Executive Director of the tourist bureau.  “The celebration emphasizes what travel means to our community, and we call on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in recognizing this important industry.”


Our theme this year, “Faces of Travel,” shines a spotlight on the people behind the scenes who are the first point of contact when visitors arrive.  Tourism employs a diverse workforce here, from the Jimmy Stewart Airport fuel manager to the front desk hotel clerks, and food service workers in restaurants .

Tourism spending in Indiana County last recorded over $175 million from our lodging establishments, restaurants, souvenir shops, gas stations, museums, recreation and entertainment venues,  while trickle-down figures support further sales to other local industries.


Local celebrations planned by the tourist bureau include: 

  • Daily Facebook posts entitled “Faces of Travel”  beginning April 19th
  • Over 300 Mini Christmas trees representing tourism partners displayed on the Indiana Courthouse lawn from May 7-13th 
  • Mingle at Founders Gallery & Gifts on May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm highlighting the Wooden Quilt Project Display featuring refreshments and door prizes  
  • On May 10th, as part of the Mingle, there will be a WalkWorks Blairsville history tour led by Ed Patterson at the Blairsville Riverfront Trail commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana County Parks & Trails


Check back here or on social media for updates.   Wooden Quilt Project Display flyers will be at the Mingle and the Tourist Bureau office at the Indiana Mall. 

1 comment

1 Donna M. Griffith { 04.19.17 at 2:37 pm }

This is wonderful! I agree that tourism is alive in our county! Indiana County has much to share. Thank you for highlighting the faces behind the scenes. These folks work so hard to make the industry work. Well Done!!

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