With the Shelter-in-Place order keeping travel plans at bay, now it is more important than ever to celebrate the spirit of travel.

May 3 – 9 is National Travel and Tourism Week, a celebratory week that has occurred in the United States since 1983. This year, the U.S. Travel Association is celebrating the spirit of travel by recognizing the travel industry’s strength and resiliency.

“Even though we can’t be together to celebrate, it is important to appreciate our partners more than ever,” says Alaina Wiens, Director of the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau. “National Travel and Tourism Week gives us the opportunity to highlight our hoteliers, meeting planners, sports teams and local attractions.”

Wiens stresses the importance of supporting our Flint and Genesee County amenities because without them the sense of place in our community wouldn’t be the same.

Ways you can celebrate and support the Flint & Genesee community during National Travel and Tourism Week this year include:

  • Booking a future trip or vacation. Planning your trip now allows hotels and attractions to keep going through these tough times.
  • Participating in the National Travel and Tourism Week #VirtualRoadTrip on social media on May 5. The U.S. Travel Association is virtually traveling the country and asking individuals to participate by sharing photos and stories of their favorite restaurant, attraction or travel spot on social media using the hashtags #VirtualRoadTrip and #nttw20.
  • Utilizing #FlintandGenesee Zoom Backgrounds during your virtual meetings or hangouts during the week.
  • Checking out virtual attractions in your area like exploring the galleries at the Flint Institute of Arts or taking a virtual stroll through Applewood.
  • Sharing your favorite memories of Flint and Genesee County through photos and stories using the hashtag #FlintandGenesee
  • Supporting your favorite local attractions like Flint Children’s Museum or Sloan Museum by donating.