Thursday, November 27, 2008

Reasons I’m grateful for being in the tourism industry.

1. It’s the best industry in the world. It extremely positive, interesting and rewarding. I am grateful for the wonderful friends and associates I‘ve made over the years.
2. I have traveled the world and have complete faith in my country’s ability to over-come and succeed.
3. I went through 911 in tourism and watched how the federal, state, county and city governments’ pulled together to promote tourism. It was the first time we had their attention due to the number of jobs and income attributed to tourism. At that time we were had the fear of terrorist attack and a lower economy. By 2002 tourism had recovered and continued to increase.
4. People need time to spend with their loved ones, especially during times of stress. The major tour operators are very optimistic about the 2009 season. They are anticipating continued growth in the domestic and inbound market. Our lower dollar value is a bargain for visitors and US residents normally want to spend less and not have to worry about the lower dollar value overseas.
5. There’s a bill in Washington DC right now to assign a person to head US tourism for the first time. We’re the only country that doesn’t promote its tourism and even the Federal government is now realizing it’s importance.
6. The US has eliminated visa requirements for South Korea and a number of Eastern European countries which is expected to lead to additional inbound visitors.
7. Additional international flights, including the huge mega-jets, have been increasing US tourism, especially between the US and Australia.
8. As I write this the stock market is up for the third day in a row.
9. When leading escorted tours and working in the incentive market we are working in the upscale market. We work with people and companies that have funds. Even right after 911 the upscale market continued to travel.
10. My favorite reason of all? My students are getting hired!
I would love to hear your reasons too.