National Tourist Appreciation Day is celebrated in the US on May 6. This days falls during the National Travel and Tourism Week of May 5 through May 13.
Next to healthcare, the tourism industry is the top employer in most states (about 32) in the United States. In the retail sector, tourism and travel industry follows the automotive industry and food industry in terms of revenue generation. Tourism is one of the top activities next to shopping and outdoor activities. Nationwide celebrations were introduced to celebrate the success of this industry and to promote it further.
There is no record of the origin of the holiday. Moreover, there is no official legislature passing the celebration of this ‘National day’. However, there is presidential proclamation and congressional resolution (1983) for the National Travel and Tourism Week. The first celebration of the week was in 1984. The US travel industry celebrates the week every year in creative ways. They conduct rallies and media outreach as part of the celebrations. The National Tourist Appreciation Day is celebrated as an element of this week.
The travel and tourism communities take the extra effort to pamper their tourist on this day. They extend special discounts, credits, freebies, and offers on this day. People, usually, try to plan their vacation around this time to benefit from these offers.