Elizabeth, NJ Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week and the #SpiritofTravel

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Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization [EDMO] Will Use 37th NTTW (May 3-9) to Look Ahead to Recovery

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments 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, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 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.”

“Reliancy lies in the heart of how we adapt and overcome adversity,” said Jennifer Costa, Executive Director of Elizabeth’s tourism initiative. The Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization is engaging in innovative unique examples like virtually supporting all of its community and local businesses including but not limited to it’s awesome tourist assets of hotels, attractions, and dining venues through this unprecedented time. The tourism office, in partnership with the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and the City of Elizabeth, is all working closely together to empower local businesses, ensuring they are up to date with the latest information on relief assistance and reopening preparedness strategies.

“The weather is getting warmer and the trees are blossoming, however, the streets are still fairly empty due to the unprecedented times we are in and the travel restrictions put into place,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth, NJ. “Our residents and visitors’ health remains a top priority for us, but we will overcome this pandemic and we will get back to normal. When we do, our restaurants and stores will be booming, our hotels will be filled, and our historic attractions and other amenities will be well-visited. As the fourth largest city in New Jersey, we have so much to offer and we cannot wait until we can show those who visit; until then, stay safe and stay healthy. We are Elizabeth.”

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Please visit https://www.goelizabethnj.com/nttw/ to learn more about EDMO’s NTTW plans and visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about the week.

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