We pass popular tourist sites like our World Famous Fountain every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But our local hometown restaurants and others like our hiking trails, botanical gardens, and special events are the backbones of Fountain Hills. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us and thousands of annual visitors a lifetime of memories.
Travel matters, and it improves Fountain Hills in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on local residents. Travel has an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another.
Travel Matters to America
At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.7 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private-sector employer. In 2018, traveler spending generated $171 billion in total tax revenue, including $78.6 billion in state and local revenue. That $78.6 billion can pay for a host of critical resources: it’s more than enough to pay all state and local police and firefighters, or the more than one million public high school teachers.
Think back to your first job. Maybe you worked at one of our local restaurants, hotels, spas or offices that have been around a while, or maybe your kids work there now. For many–one third of Americans to be exact–travel is the front door to a promising career. Americans whose first job in travel have an average career salary of $81,900, and two in 5 of those whose first job was in travel are now earning more than $100,000.
Think about how travel matters to local, well-loved small business IN Fountain Hills: travel-dependent leisure and hospitality is the largest small business employer in the U.S.
Those are only a few reasons why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors to Fountain Hills—and why our industry is elevating the message of “Travel Matters” during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)
May 5-11. We encourage you to join us in observing NTTW this year, and celebrate all that travel does for Fountain Hills, and for our country as a whole.
Get involved by:
- Get social and engage with the #nttw19 hashtag on our Experience Fountain Hills Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Share how travel matters in your community.
For more information on tourism, please visit our official tourism website ExperienceFountainHills.org