Before the pandemic, travel and tourism brought in $ 3.8 billion in Memphis, supporting 49,000 jobs in the recreation and hospitality industry.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The tourism and travel industry prepares to take off as restrictions are lifted across the country and Americans want to get out of cabin fever.
National tourism professionals have chosen Memphis, specifically to host their very first meeting since December 2019. The town of Bluff has opened its arms wide open to visitors as a place where you can find a well-done and safe party.
On Wednesday, travel professionals from all over got off buses to Midtown, bound for the Memphis Zoo.
“When I pulled up tonight and saw 3 buses, I thought it was the good old days. It’s been so long, Rudy, that we haven’t seen this. We couldn’t be happier, ”said Kevin Kane of Memphis Tourism.
Storms across the mid-south earlier in the week gave way to glorious weather to showcase all the city has to offer at the National Tour Association contact meeting.
“It is a great honor for this great city that Memphis is hosting one of the premier travel conferences in all of the United States,” said Kane.
Before the pandemic, travel and tourism brought in $ 3.8 billion in Memphis, supporting 49,000 recreation and hospitality jobs … a major economic driver.
The NTA chose Memphis as a destination because its president, Katherine Prather, thought it best served as an example of how meetings, conferences and trade shows are going again with health and safety protocols. security in place.
“These are professional tour operators, hoteliers, attractions, restaurants and destinations that care about the health and safety of their travelers, so they have protocols such as maybe requiring vaccination or a negative test before to actually be able to visit, ”said Prather.
“Memphis was chosen over a lot of other worthy cities, but we’re a good fit for them and it’s a great experience for the delegates here this week,” Kane said.