OSCEOLA — In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Iowa Tourism Office recognized Osceola Chamber Main Street recently for contributing to the state’s $8.06 billion tourism industry.
National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-13), now in its 34th year, unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to employment, economic growth and personal well-being.
“We value and appreciate our partners for the work they do year-round to enhance the state’s economy through tourism,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “We’re taking this special week to recognize communities, events, attractions, restaurants and lodging facilities in all 99 counties and thank them for those efforts.”
“Tourism is what drives business in a lot of communities, including ours,” noted Derek Lumsden, Executive Director of Osceola Chamber Main Street. “From festivals and events to having a scenic downtown and great locations like parks, Osceola has something for everyone. And we are getting more every day for people to enjoy.”
Travel is an integral part of the state’s economy because people who visit Iowa annually generate more than $450 million in state tax revenue that pays for programs that benefit residents. The industry also supports the jobs of more than 67,000 Iowans – jobs that can never be outsourced to another location.
* 180 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Clarke County
* Travel and tourism generates $210,000 in local tax revenue for Clarke County
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents of and visitors to Iowa. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with family is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.