St. Louis will celebrate National Tourism Week (NTW), May 10 - 18, and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) will be a part of a number of activities and special events taking place throughout the week. NTW, established in 1983 by the U.S. Congress, is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. Created by the Tourism Industry Association of America (TIA), the goal of the nationwide event is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism.
Each year, the St. Louis region welcomes more than 22 million people for business, leisure travel, meetings and conventions, and these visitors leave behind about $4.07 billion. This creates jobs for nearly 83,000 area residents, industry wages of $2.35 billion, and adds an additional $811 million to federal, state and local tax coffers. In 2006, leisure travelers spent $656 million in St. Louis and in 2007 the CVC booked more than 523,400 hotel rooms for future meetings and conventions.
The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is the official destination marketing organization for St. Louis City and St. Louis County for visitors of all types. The CVC also operates the America’s Center® convention complex and the Edward Jones Dome.