National Travel & Tourism Week
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National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. In 2021, Visit Baltimore promoted the U.S. Travel Association’s theme, “Power of Travel,” through a series of events and experiences that will reinforce the industry’s role in restoring our city’s economy, rebuilding our workforce and improving the well-being of locals and visitors alike.
In partnership with Aaron Dante, Baltimore native and host of the No Pix After Dark Podcast, Visit Baltimore has assembled a special 4-part series on the “Power of Travel,” featuring local stories from across our hospitality industry:
Jason Bass is the Director of Culture and Impact at Hotel Revival in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. Throughout the pandemic, he’s led the hotel in the activation of programs to feed and support the surrounding community and uplift small and minority owned businesses, creating a ghost kitchen and sharing pop-up space. Jason believes in the power of travel and encourages listeners to take part in the cultural exchange it presents – even locally.
Kat Mantzouris, Hospital and Conservation Programs Coordinator at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore got her start as a reptile and amphibian keeper where she cared for frogs, snakes, turtles, otters and bobcats. The pandemic didn’t stop Kat and her colleagues from their work with animals. The Maryland Zoo has safety protocols in place so that visitors can step away from Zoom meetings, get outside and learn more about chimps, penguins and other beautiful creatures.
Shunquita “Chef Que” Neal
Shunquita “Chef Que” Neal and her fiancé Dedric Richardson own Creole Soul restaurant in the Baltimore’s R. House food hall. Current and former members of the US military, Chef Que and Dedric are proud proponents of travel as it provides opportunities to meet new people, learn new things and experience different cultures. They brought their favorite deep South and creole family recipes to Baltimore to add to our seafood scene – and we couldn’t be more grateful!
Enrique Pallares, co-founder of The Wine Collective, and his partner John Levenberg did the unimaginable – they opened a business during a global pandemic! The Wine Collective team looked at many potential sites along the East Coast, but ultimately chose Baltimore for its heart and authenticity. Enrique describes Charm City’s food and beverage scene as a “best kept secret” and invites listeners to explore each neighborhood to taste for themselves.
Highlights from the 2021 National Travel & Tourism Week celebration include:
- A virtual job fair
- An industry day of service in partnership with the Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street Association
- An industry virtual happy hour and networking session
- A special podcast series featuring local members of the tourism and hospitality community
Tuesday, May 4
Industry Day of Service
Join us for a beautification project in partnership with Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street. We’ll be sprucing up the grounds around the Billie Holiday Park & Garden.
Tourism Talk: Q&A with Local Industry Celebrities
Learn what it takes to make it in the local tourism and hospitality industry. Meet local tourism celebrities and industry greats and tell them what’s on your mind.
Invited guests include:
- Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Mayor
- Al Hutchinson, President and CEO Visit Baltimore
- Greg Brown, Land of Kush
- Jasmine Norton, The Urban Oyster
- Gregory Pittman, Executive Chef Baltimore Convention Center
- Michael Barrett, Regional Vice President Centerplate
- Wanda Best, Executive Director of the Upton Planning Committee
- Brian Oliver, Founder of Beyond BMore & Founder of BMore See More
- Bianca Willis, Founder Executive Director Learning To Live Movement Inc
- Michael Haynie, Maryland Center for Hospitality Training
- Aaron Dante, No Pix After Dark Podcast
- The Visit Baltimore Team
This is a private virtual event.
Wednesday, May 5
Virtual Job Fair
Partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment & Development (MOED)
This virtual recruitment event will showcase employers who are currently hiring and will provide a networking opportunity for those who are looking for employment in the local tourism industry.
Industry Happy Hour
Join our Visit Baltimore team for a virtual happy hour! Bring your own beverage of choice, win prizes and play Baltimore-themed trivia with our host and local tour guide, Chris Riehl. The first 50 guests to register for the event will receive a special Baltimore souvenir.
Thursday, May 6
Plan Your Visit
This is the perfect day to check out our new website and plan your visit to Charm City. Whether you’re a local looking for a new adventure or a first-time visitor to Baltimore, check out ideas for things to see and do, places to eat and museums and attractions to explore. You can also find easy options for discounted, pre-paid parking with suggested itineraries nearby.
Friday, May 7
Explore a Neighborhood
We encourage you to take the day to explore Baltimore and its many distinctive neighborhoods that are ready to welcome you. Use our neighborhood guide to plan your visit and discover a neighborhood or business that’s new to you. Be sure to tag us on social media and use the hashtags #NTTW21 and #PowerOfTravel.
More About NTTW
Ways to Celebrate The Power of Travel
The coronavirus public health crisis has had a devastating impact on the U.S. travel and tourism industry—and the entire American economy. It is clear our country cannot fully recover without a robust return of travel. The travel industry will rebuild our economy, rehire America’s workforce, rescue small businesses, reconnect America and revive our communities. That is the POWER OF TRAVEL.
Spotlight Small Businesses
- Use your social media channels to recognize small businesses and their workers in your community to encourage residents and visitors to #ShopSmall.
- Profile a small business leader in your community and feature on your organization’s blog or internal newsletter.
- Collect photos and stories from small businesses in your area to share on social media or in a blog.
Celebrate Your Community
- Use your social media channels to unite your community, tagging local partners and stakeholders in your posts.
- Highlight travel workers and your employees in blog posts, newsletters or op-eds, thanking them for all they do to support the local tourism industry and small businesses.
Recognize Your Employees and Colleagues
- Highlight your staff on your social media channels to show the faces behind the #PowerOfTravel.
- Encourage your staff and colleagues to get involved by writing a blog or posting on their social media channels about why they are proud to work in the travel industry.
ABOUT NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK
Established in 1983 by a congressional resolution, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual tradition during the first full week of May for the U.S. travel community to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. U.S. Travel Association, the national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry, provides the industry with a unifying theme and toolkit resources that can be customized by each destination, organization or business to fit their needs.