Travel and Tourism Week - 2015

Everyone who travels has different reasons for doing so – different motivations, different desired outcomes and different take-aways when the travel is complete. Some people travel to relax and to make memories, others travel as part of special occasions like honeymoons, college tours or family reunions. Still more travel for business, to make a sales call, attend a conference or interview for a new job. There really is no one way or one reason to travel.

So how would you complete the statement “Travel is ____”?

That’s the thought-provoking statement posed by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2-10. We have asked a number of people across the state to weigh in on this and we’ll be sharing how they filled in the blank through social media. We invite you to view those perspectives and to share your own all week long.  

In North Dakota, we talk about travel as being Legendary, whether we walk where legends like Theodore Roosevelt, Custer or Lewis and Clark walked, explore trails, sip a local brew or stroll through a world-class museum making legendary memories.

The travel industry is powerful and makes impactful contributions to the U.S. economy. In fact, according to USTA data, the travel industry is projected to drive more than $17 trillion in business this year. In North Dakota, we are the third-largest industry in the state, attracting 24 million visitors and contributing $3.6 billion to the economy.

It can be easy for us at ND Tourism to fill in that blank and tell you what we feel travel is. We talk about it every day.

The reality is, it matters more how you, the traveler, fill in the blank. What does travel mean to you? How has it impacted your life and what do you plan to experience next? We hope to hear from you throughout the week!