This week across the nation, travel and tourism professionals will be celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week 2015. 

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition that was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. This year, May 2-May 10 will be the week we celebrate the ways the United States travel industry contributes to the fabric of America.

This year's theme was chosen to reflect the wide-ranging and robust ways that the U.S. travel industry contributes to the fabric of America. For example: Travel is: creating jobs in Niagara County.

For the past four and a half months I have been interning at Niagara Falls Tourism & Convention Center (NTCC) and I have received a first-hand look at all of the hard work that goes into making sure our visitors have an enjoyable, exhilarating, memorable, kid-friendly and sometimes even romantic trip to the Niagara region.

The people I have worked with in this office are a joy to watch in action. They love working with people and are superbly knowledgeable about the region. They deal with things like seasonaIity, demand fluctuations and the interdependence of tourism products with ease. They are personable, caring, friendly, and would do nearly anything to ensure our guests have the time of their lives while visiting with us.

Travel and tourism week is important because it takes patience, tenacity, coordination and a great deal of initiative to create a successful vacation that also factors in things like budget and time constraints. The people who work in this industry are awe-inspiring and they deserve some appreciation! With that being said, I would like to use this blog post as a thank you to the people who I have had the pleasure of watching work in this crazy fun industry for the past four months. I appreciate every single one of you. Happy National Travel and Tourism week!