National Travel & Tourism Week
CELEBRATING HOSPITALITY HEROES IN THE WOODLANDS
During Winter Storm Uri, hotel properties in The Woodlands immediately went into action to accommodate guests that were displaced by the effects of the storm, as well as housing frontline and utility workers. Hotels were all running on limited staff, experiencing power outages and other obstacles.
The four Hospitality Heroes listed below went above and beyond their job duties to ensure a positive guest experience during a time in which hotel guests, the heroes themselves, the Houston region, and the State of Texas were all experiencing the same state of emergency. Please join us in celebrating a few of the frontline employees who acted as true heroes while displaying extraordinary commitment to the tourism and hospitality industry.
Travel-supported jobs are not only present in the leisure and hospitality industries, tourism affects numerous sectors including, transportation, finance, real estate, insurance, and more. Travel and tourism is a critical component of the Texas economy!
- In 2019, direct travel spending was estimated at $82.9 billion in the state.
- 1.3 million Texas jobs are supported by travel, that's 1 out of every ten Texas jobs
- Travel supports $63 billion of earnings across advanced, intermediate, and entry-level industry positions
- $169 billion in direct, indirect, and induced impact on the Texas economy
- $4.7 billion in State Taxes are generated by Travel, this includes Sales Tax, Hotel Occupancy, and Motor Fuel
- Without travel, Texas households would each pay $760 more in state and local taxes each year to maintain current levels of service.