TOPEKA – Joining more than 50 cities nationwide in rallies that champion travel as a revenue generator and job provider, Visit Topeka Inc. lead a travel rally press conference at the Capitol as part of the 28th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.
In Topeka and across the nation, people representing major sectors of the travel industry are wearing red today, in a show of support for the jobs and economic impact created by visitors to Topeka.
“The travel and tourism industry accounts for $1.8 trillion of the American economy, employs one out of every nine Americans, and our jobs can’t be outsourced,” said Olivia Simmons, president and CEO of Visit Topeka, Inc. “We are rallying today to celebrate every worker in our community who depends on travel for his or her livelihood, and we’re letting our elected officials and local citizens know that travel matters to Topeka.
The travel and tourism industry represents one of America’s largest employers, supporting 14.1 million jobs. Direct spending by domestic and international travelers averaged $2 billion a day, $86 million an hour, $1.4 million a minute and $24,000 a second.
Visit Topeka Inc. has now kicked off its third annual Topeka Treasure Hunt! Presented by WIBW, the Treasure Hunt is focused on raising community awareness of the fun locations and activities available in Topeka. The public is invited to pick up a free treasure hunt packet at the Visit Topeka office, 1275 SW Topeka Boulevard to start your Topeka hunt!
Everyone who completes the hunt by July 26th has the chance to win cash and prizes. Last year, 509 people picked up the treasure hunt packets, 185 people returned completed photo albums, and Visit Topeka awarded 122 prizes throughout the event. More information is available at www.VisitTopeka.com.