Jax Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week – WLDS

The Jacksonville-area Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week all week.

Executive Director Brittany Henry said people should check out the office’s social media this week to find out what makes it great to come to Jacksonville. The theme of the week was “The future of travel”. The office took a tour of the city on its social media where it showcased a different and unique place in Jacksonville each day. There was also a bingo game for families to complete by traveling to different Jacksonville locations throughout the week.

Henry says the week will be capped off with a party tomorrow night with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at the office’s office at 310 East State Street from 4-6 p.m. Mayor Andy Ezard will deliver a brief speech on tourism in Jacksonville at 5 p.m. Since this is Cinco de Mayo, there will be Cinco de Mayo-themed snacks and refreshments at the after-hours meeting. Henry, however, says the party will end a bit early, as they’ll try to push visitors to the Central Park Market which is happening at the same time in the downtown plaza: “We’ve created a little market map fun as well as some fun little items… There is also a big event happening [tomorrow], which is the Central Park market. We had already planned our event and thought it would be great. There will be businesses open late downtown, so we’ve shortened our hours of operation so we can push people into the community to explore and experience this new event.

Henry says it’s important for tourism and small businesses to partner up, especially during the pandemic recovery: “When you give us our market card, you have a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card. $. We hope people will come out and explore this new event which will take place on the first Thursday of every month. The museum will be open across from us. There will be local and regional vendors and food trucks. There’s just a lot of fun things happening tomorrow. With the future of travel, one of the things we’re talking about with this takeover process is small business. Small businesses are the heart of our economy, and they’re businesses our travelers love to learn about when visiting Jacksonville.

Henry says that according to a 2020 report, tourism supports 364 jobs in the area and $1.6 million in local tax revenue. Travelers to Jacksonville spent $50.6 million in 2020. Henry says 2021 tourism numbers will be released later this summer.

If you would like to confirm your presence at tomorrow’s Business After Hours, confirm it at [email protected] or call 217-243-5678.