National Tourism and Travel Week, slated for the May 1 -7, is a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country celebrate the value travel holds for the economy, businesses, communities and personal well-being.
This year’s theme is “The Future of Travel,” and New Orleans and Company will celebrate the week the way only New Orleans can, with a parade and pep rally Tuesday morning, May 3. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. after a press conference to kick off celebration, where specila guests will include Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Don Welsh, Destinations International CEO. The rally and parade will start at Tableau, 616 St. Peter, at Jackson Square and continue through the streets of the French Quarter to the Capital One Pavilion on Woldenberg Park.
The organization will also host a hospitality industry job fest at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in Hall B. More than 70 companies will be participating in the job fest, where LCMC Health will also offer free COVID-19 vaccines.
Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 39th annual NTTW (May 1-7) arrives as the industry looks ahead to future growth and success following the challenges of the past two years.