This week is the 38th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week and the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and volunteers kicked off the week by cleaning up the City of Lights the morning of Monday, May 3.
The community cleanup event saw 20 participants cleaning up areas. One group went along Church Street Bridge down St. Claire to East Fifth Street to Henry Avenue, then along the other side of Church Street to Second Street, then Lafayette Street, then back to the Natchitoches Visitor Center. Another group traveled down Front Street to Jefferson Street, across the Keyser Bridge then back through the historic district to Second Street and back to the Visitor Center. The community volunteers included Rebecca Blankenbaker, Amy Lee, Jill Leo, CVB staff Kelli West and Anne Cummins, Wayne Halm, Peggy Scherbaum and students from the NSU HMT Travel and Tourism Class taught by Professor Landon Amberg.
The cleanup was to make sure streets and neighborhoods were free from trash for visitors to enjoy. May 2-8 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme Power of Travel.
A NTTW celebration with travel and tourism coworkers, employees and partners will be Friday, May 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site.