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Waco celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

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Posted at 1:43 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 14:44:05-04

WACO, TX — National Travel & Tourism Week, celebrating “The Spirit of Travel,” will take place May 3-9, 2020.

This annual event marks the importance of tourism to our economy, and honors the workers in the hospitality industry.

Tourism is a crucial part of the Waco economy.

According to the City of Waco, tourism accounts for 10.1% of McLennan County’s employment and is the 5th largest employer in the County.

The City says in 2019, Waco was #3 in the state of Texas in hotel occupancy.

Waco attractions were visited by 2.4 million travelers in 2019.

The Waco economy also saw $396.9 million in direct travel spending by visitors in 2019.

"Although the constraints on travel resulting from the coronavirus have caused a significant dip in Waco’s tourism for April and May, the majority of hotels are open now, and many attractions, restaurants, and popular shops are open with restrictions on occupancy in place," the statement said.

The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau is keeping a running list of some of the major attractions, shops, and restaurants opening in early May on the home page of their website at https://wacoheartoftexas.com.

The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau says they will have pizzas delivered on Tuesday, May 5 to many of the area’s hotels.