May 1-7 declared National Travel and Tourism week in Natchitoches

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The City Council joined Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. in proclaiming May 1-7 National Travel and Tourism week in Natchitoches. From left are Councilman Dale Nielsen, Councilwoman-at-Large Betty Sawyer-Smith, Williams, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing and Communications Kelli West, Travel Councilor Leanna Coy, Executive Director Arlene Gould and Councilpersons Eddie Harrington, Chris Petite and Rosemary Eli.

Carolyn Roy | News Editor

The City Council declared May 1-7 as National Travel and Tourism Week in Natchitoches.
Executive Director Arlene Gould said that while the city’s main market appears to be East Texas, the office is beginning to see international travelers return after COVID-19. In May of 2021, the Convention and Visitors Bureau office received visitors from 43 states.
The resolution listed several facts about tourism in Natchitoches Parish.
•The travel industry generates more than $2.6 trillion in economic output prior to COVID-19 with $1.1 trillion spent by travelers in the United States.
•Travel has been the foundation of a workforce serving as one of the largest private-sector employers in the US supporting 17 million jobs in 2019.
•Visitors to Natchitoches Parish produced nearly $51.6 million in spending in 2020 and generated $3.91 million in state and local taxes.
•Overnight occupancy at hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and RV parks increased by 28 percent in 2021 over 2020.
•Visitor spending in Natchitoches Parish created $19.81 million in direct earnings and 670 direct jobs in 2020.
•The future of travel will be a consistent driver of the Natchitoches economy and workforce.
•The future of travel will continue to revive and grow in Natchitoches and the United States and drive forward to a more prosperous future.