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National Tourism Day

National Tourism Day

It’s National Tourism Day on May 7, 2022. Be sure to thank a tourist in Galveston on this day. We wouldn’t be the same Galveston Island without them.

Why Tourism?

Tourism opens us up to new experiences and new people.

Travel is good for lots of things. It can make us happier by building self-confidence through new experiences, breaking barriers and allowing ourselves to meet new people with new cultures from all across the globe.

How National Tourism Day Started

This day is observed during National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States, which occurs every first full week of May.

National Travel and Tourism Week was first celebrated in May 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed a Proclamation that urged all citizens to observe the week.

Tourism Milestones

January 20, 1758  – The first use of the terms Tour and Tourists
The term ‘tour’ is first used, soon followed by the term ‘tourist,’ referring to participants of tourist events.

19th century – An Expensive Hobby
Tourism is mainly for the rich, who have enough money and spare time for traveling.

July 5, 1841 – Thomas Cook Company
As the oldest travel company in the world, the Thomas Cook Company initiates organized tourism.

June 3, 1843 – First Group Tour
The Thomas Cook Company organizes the first group package tour.
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