National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 Celebrates ‘Spirit of Travel’

Submitted by Experience Olympia & Beyond

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year’s theme: the Spirit of Travel.

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, Congress created NTTW in 1983 was to underscore the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 37th NTTW (May 3-9) arrives at an opportune moment to unite the industry, celebrate its indomitable spirit and elevate the role it will play in America’s economic recovery.

“Through every hardship, I find myself in awe of the travel industry’s ability to join together, adapt, and emerge stronger than before,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “This is our toughest challenge yet, but what I’ve seen is that the spirit of travel has not been shattered.”

Since in-person events that have been hallmarks of NTTW in years past are not an option this year, Experience Olympia & Beyond is engaging by holding its Annual Meeting “In Your Inbox” for its members May 3 – 9 as a way to stay connected, unified and supportive of each other from afar, rallying around the Spirit of Travel. They will engage the local community through its social media channels, encouraging residents to share images and stories of their favorite travel moments using #SpiritofTravel.

“There’s no doubt this has been an incredibly challenging time for Experience Olympia & Beyond and the hospitality industry in Thurston County, but we see National Travel and Tourism Week as an opportunity to remind our visitors and our residents of the incredible spirit and resiliency of the travel industry and our workforce. It’s only a matter of time before we are all able to travel again, and Experience Olympia & Beyond will be more ready than ever to welcome travelers with open arms,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond.

Stay up-to-date on Experience Olympia & Beyond’s Spirit of Travel activities on the Experience Olympia & Beyond Facebook page and visit the US Travel website to learn more about the week.

Who: Experience Olympia & Beyond
What: Annual Meeting “In Your In Box” During #SpiritOfTravel Week
When: May 3-9, 2020
Where: Follow and share your #SpiritofTravel on your favorite social platform:

About Experience Olympia & Beyond 

Experience Olympia & Beyond is the official destination marketing organization of Thurston County and Thurston County’s Sports Commission. A naturally-inspired, approachable destination situated at the foot of Puget Sound one hour south of Seattle and two hours north of Portland by car, Washington’s capital community inspires handcrafted getaways. The region is perfect for hosting sports events, meetings, weddings and events. With more than 2,700 hotel rooms throughout Thurston County there are several options ranging from unique bed and breakfasts to traveler-friendly rooms. For more information visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly).

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