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National Tourism Week Spotlights Travel Industry’s Economic Impact on Charlotte

CRVA celebrations highlight the impact of travel and tourism on city’s local economy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 5, 2014) – In partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) is celebrating National Tourism Week through May 16, 2014. With the leisure and hospitality industry serving as one of the region's largest employers, tourism-related visitor spending exceeded $5.7 billion in 2012.* The valuable economic impact produced by the industry positively impacts Charlotte year after year, employing more than 57,000* people and creating opportunities that benefit the city’s quality of life and infrastructure. The CRVA is commemorating the important week and spotlighting this essential industry through the following efforts:

National Tourism Week Ultimate Charlotte Getaway
Because travel and tourism is such an impactful industry in the region, the CRVA is showing its appreciation and exactly why they love visitors with the National Tourism Week Ultimate Charlotte Getaway. In addition to strengthening the tourism industry and the economy, travel also promotes physical and psychological health for the traveler. According to the U.S. Travel Association, workers who earn paid time off (PTO) left an average of 3.2 unused vacation days in 2013.** Celebrate travel by taking time off and entering to win the National Tourism Week Ultimate Charlotte Getaway that showcases some of the destination’s best assets.  Enter the sweepstakes at through May 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Prizes include:

  • Two-night (2) hotel stay at Sheraton Charlotte Hotel  
  • Four (4) passes to the NASCAR Hall of Fame 
  • Four (4) passes to Levine Museum of the New South 
  • Four (4) passes to the Carolinas Aviation Museum 
  • Four (4) vouchers for a Segway Tour with Charlotte NC Tours 
  • Four (4) Levine Center for the Arts Museum Access Tickets 
  • Four (4) passes to Carowinds 
  • Breakfast for four (4) at The Asbury 
  • $100 gift card to Nan and Byron’s
  • $100 gift card to 5Church
  • Amtrak round-trip transportation to Charlotte, NC for four (4) in coach class 

PIT Stop at Interstate 77 on May 16 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
(First Rest Area exit located off of I-77 when entering North Carolina from South Carolina)

Before arriving in Charlotte to take part in the heart-pounding race festivities, drivers are invited to a welcome wagon like no other at the I-77 Welcome Center. Visitors coming into town will be greeted by some of Charlotte’s premier attractions including Carowinds, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, The Billy Graham Library, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Victory Lane Karting that will welcome them and showcase the many things to see and do in the region. The PIT Stop is held each May in conjunction with the heavy flow of visitors coming into town looking to experience racing action and activities including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Coca-Cola Speed Street and Coca-Cola 600. Visitors will receive free giveaways and hot dogs as they’re passing through the Welcome Center. 

About Travel & Tourism in Charlotte and the U.S.
Learn some useful (and surprising) facts about the industry through the facts and statistics below.

  • Travel supports 14.9 million American jobs – one in every nine jobs depends on travel.**
  • North Carolina state and local tax revenues from travel to Mecklenburg County total $312.99 million, representing a $325 tax saving for every resident in the county.*
  • Travel weathers economic storms. Sectors that decreased business travel during the 2007-2011 recession were more likely to see profits slow or drop, while industries that amped up business travel grew faster. One U.S. Travel Association study found that every $1 spent on business travel drove nearly $3 in profit—a 300-percent return on investment (ROI) after adjusting for cost.**
  • Mecklenburg leads in tourism spending ($4.4 billion) over all counties in North Carolina generating more than double the amount of tourism spending over the second highest ranking county (Wake County at $1.8 billion).*
  • Travel is among the top 10 employers in 49 states, directly employing about eight million people at a payroll of $209 billion. Include jobs supported by travel and the number almost doubles to 15 million workers.**

* In calculating the tourism spending in the Charlotte region, spending totaled more than $5.7 billion. Tourism-related employment totaled more than 57,000. This encompasses 10 counties in North Carolina and three in South Carolina outlined in the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Data was calculated as a result of a 2012 study by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and 2011 research provided by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT).

** Research conducted by the U.S. Travel Association.

About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.'