National Tourism Week: Then & Now

Happy National Tourism week everyone! We are celebrating the 35th year of National Tourism Week and its salute to travel in America. During the first full week in May, communities nationwide unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders and media with rallies, events and other activities. This year we’re showcasing travel then and travel now.

NTTW’18: Travel Then and Now from U.S. Travel on Vimeo.


Even if we weren’t there at the time, many are likely familiar with those iconic vintage photos of Uptown Theatre on Main Street in the 1960s. It’s amazing how much has changed over the years. From a movie house to featuring second-run movies to being restored as a historic performance arts venue.

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One thing that has stayed remarkably the same, though: our industry’s unique emphasis on welcoming visitors from near and far, which has helped position travel and tourism as an economic power in the lives of Grand Prairie residents.

Nationwide, the travel industry is a top-10 employer in 49 states and the District of Columbia. International travel is our country’s No. 2 export. One in nine Americans depend on travel to and within the U.S. for their employment—and it’s not just those directly working in the travel industry, either: overall, travel supports 15.6 million jobs and is a $2.4 trillion U.S. industry.

Lone Star Park Then

Lone Star Park Now
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In 2017, travel generated $75.6 billion in state and local tax revenue, more than enough to pay all state and local police and fire fighters, or 1.25 million public school teachers (preschool and k—12) across the U.S.

Celebrate with us by sharing your travel then and now pics! Comment them below or use the #nttw18 and #GoGrandGP

Find more information about National Tourism Week at



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