Frederick, MD – 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.

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 38th annual NTTW (May 2-8, 2021) arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.

“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as the travel industry looks to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “The past year was incredibly challenging, but we saw the full power of the travel industry on display in the way we united and supported one another through this crisis.” “Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.—evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in America’s broader economic recovery,” said Dow.

In honor of NTTW, Visit Frederick will be offering visitors to the area a complimentary Frederick souvenir available at the Frederick Visitor Center throughout the week. On Saturday, May 8, the Frederick Visitor Center will celebrate “love local” day. On this day only, a limited number of complimentary commemorative items will be given away to locals, who will be invited to share what they love about Frederick and post it on a special display. Scavenger hunts will be available for kids to complete throughout the day.

“Despite the hardships of the last year, Visit Frederick is ready and eager to welcome back visitors and help drive our recovery efforts. National Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity to remind visitors and residents of the incredible contributions of the travel industry not just to our local economy and workforce, but to our community’s identity and culture.” -John Fieseler, Executive Director, Visit Frederick

Visit Frederick is the recognized Destination Marketing Organization for Frederick City and Frederick County, Maryland. For more information about Visit Frederick, visit or call 301-600-4047.

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