National Travel and Tourism WeekThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the annual industry celebration.

Cayuga County, NY (May 4, 2023)National Travel and Tourism Week, (NTTW) the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the essential role that travel will play in driving economic growth and innovation through the theme #TravelForward.

“The travel industry fuels every industry—our industry’s success is the nation’s success,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “This week is a prime opportunity to elevate the message that travel is essential to moving America’s economy forward.”

Established in 1983, NTTW is an annual tradition to mark the U.S. travel industry’s role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating quality job opportunities, stimulating business activity, and elevating the quality of life for everyday Americans.

Travel serves as a catalyst for a productive U.S. economy and helps power the success of other industries. The U.S. travel industry generated a $2.6 trillion economic output in 2022 and supported 15 million jobs, fueling communities, small businesses and working families across the country.

Travel spending also generated nearly $160 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2022—revenue that helped fund critical public services while saving each U.S. household an average of $1,270 in taxes.

In Cayuga county the travel industry drives $16,280 million in state and local tax, provides $528 in tax relief per county household and is responsible for the employment of 1502 people. *2021 numbers.

Cayuga County Office of Tourism is recognizing travel’s essential contributions by educating visitors about the unique, history that impacted global movements, the history makers that settled here and the many small businesses that make our destination a community and our community a destination.

Said Karen Kuhl, Executive Director “Travel is at the heart of Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes powering a strong U.S. economy, creating jobs, and strengthening our community’s culture and identity. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we are proud to celebrate all that travel does for our community now, and all that it will contribute in the future.”

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Karen Kuhl, Executive Director

Cayuga County Office of Tourism





The Cayuga County Office Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. was established in 1995 as Cayuga County’s official tourism promotion agency. Our mission is to promote, support and increase tourism and thereby stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life for area residents.