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National Travel and Tourism Week 2022: Visit Oxford Celebrates the ‘Future of Travel’

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National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 (May 1–7) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic growth and building the path forward through the theme Future of Travel.

Total travel and tourism expenditures in Oxford amounted to a staggering $172.6 million in Fiscal Year 2021. This was an increase of 18.3% from Fiscal Year 2020 and just slightly below the record amount of $177.6 million set in Fiscal Year 2019.

The amount of taxes collected from these expenditures was $16.2 million, which had a direct effect on each household in Oxford, equating to $840.59 in total savings per household. According to Visit Mississippi’s Economic Contribution Report, the average savings per household overall for the state of
Mississippi was lower than Oxford’s average, with tourism revenue saving taxpayers an average of $677 per household statewide. In that same report from Visit Mississippi, Oxford was listed as the 4th
most visited destination in Mississippi.

“We have always known that Oxford is a popular destination for both in-state and out-of-state visitors.
In this year’s report, Oxford was listed as the fourth-most-visited destination in Mississippi. That listing
speaks to our local community and the outstanding job that our hospitality workers are doing,” said
Kinney Ferris, Executive Director of Visit Oxford.

Travel and Tourism is Mississippi’s fourth-largest private sector employer. It accounts for 76,655 direct
jobs and an additional 24,565 indirect and induced jobs: a total of 101,220 jobs, which equals 9% of the
state’s total jobs. Similarly, travel and tourism is one of the largest sectors of employment in Oxford and
Lafayette County, supporting over 2,000 direct jobs and representing 7.9% of the total jobs in the local
community.

Ferris said, “Visit Oxford is planning for a future that will strengthen Oxford’s tourism industry and economy. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we are spotlighting how travel benefits our workforce and supports our local economy, and asking everyone—from local officials to all of our local friends and neighbors—to join together in saluting this important industry. All week long, we’ll highlight different aspects of the local tourism industry on our social media platforms. We hope everyone in the community will follow along!”

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the
economic power of travel in the U.S. The 39th annual NTTW (May 1–7, 2022) arrives as the industry looks
ahead to future growth and success following the challenges of the past two years. Please visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.

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