San Luis Obispo County, California – May 2, 2021 – Visit SLO CAL is kicking off National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) – May 2-8, 2021 by celebrating the critical role travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts post-pandemic.  The spirit and resiliency of the travel industry will enable the continued recovery of not only the tourism sector but the communities most closely impacted by the events of the past year.

As consumers embrace meaningful travel experiences and look for opportunities to make up for lost time celebrating with family and friends, creating new memories will be a priority.  To meet that need, Visit SLO CAL is working with the hospitality community to re-engage the workforce and connect job seekers with opportunities in the travel and tourism sector through a new jobs board on the Visit SLO CAL website.

“Thirty years ago, I started my career in travel and tourism as an intern for a hotel group,” said Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit SLO CAL.  “It has been the most rewarding career path I could have chosen.  It’s allowed me to see the world, promote the community I love and give back every day. Despite the hardships of last year, Visit SLO CAL is ready and eager to welcome back visitors and help drive San Luis Obispo County’s recovery efforts.”

The newly launched job board helps connected hospitality businesses with those looking for jobs.  “There is a tremendous opportunity throughout the county for employment in this sector,” Davison said. The visitor is looking for quality over quantity and experiences that allow them to appreciate each moment.  Those experiences are created by the workforce that delivers them, coupled with the natural beauty and wide array of activities offered in SLO CAL.

Celebrated annually the first full week of May, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S.  The 38th annual NTTW arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the US economy in initiating post-pandemic travel recovery.

“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as the travel industry looks to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.  “The past year was incredibly challenging, but we saw the full power of the travel industry on display in the way we united and supported one another through this crisis.” 


About Visit SLO CAL 
Visit SLO CAL is the countywide non-profit destination marketing and management organization (DMMO) for San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL). Visit SLO CAL is responsible for promoting SLO CAL as an attractive travel destination and enhancing the public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, Visit SLO CAL strengthens the economic position and provides an opportunity for all people in the community. Built on research with a strategy of continuous improvement, Visit SLO CAL aims to establish SLO CAL as a favorite West Coast destination known for its signature slower pace of life and unique mix of incredible, immersive guest experiences. For more information, go to

About National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel & Tourism Week coincides with California Travel & Tourism Month, which
occurs every May following a resolution enacted by the Legislature in 2016. NTTW 2021 recognizes the “Power of Travel” and the industry’s role in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring the U.S. economy, rebuilding our workforce and reconnecting America. Please visit to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.