Sunday will kick off National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs through May 11 with the celebration of National Train Day.

Designed to draw attention to, enhance perceptions of, and recognize the economic, social and cultural impacts of tourism, the annual National Travel and Tourism Week is a tradition that brings industry professionals together to highlight the value of travel and consider the broad impact it holds for communities across the country.

In Ford County in 2018, $133 million was spent by visitors, ranking the county No. 8 in visitor spending across the state.

The theme for 2019 is called "Travel Matters," according to the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tourism week also coincides with National Train Day, which takes place each year on the Saturday closest to May 10, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah — marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.

According to the CVB, National Train Day was started by Amtrak in 2008 as a holiday method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of railway travel and the history of trains across the country.

"We’d like to see folks take some time to explore the attractions and history the city has to offer," CVB director Jan Stevens said. "We are eager to highlight Dodge City in this nationwide event and hope that this will remind the local citizens of all the things available in Dodge City, and peak the interests of the expanding tourism opportunities in and around our community.

"In the process, we’ll be showcasing how important travel and tourism is to our local economy and will demonstrate the many great things to see and do in Dodge City."

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will host an open house and chamber coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Visitor Information Center and will offer a complimentary Historic Trolley Tours at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day.

Seating is limited to 24-riders per tour.

In celebration of National Train Day, there also will be an open house and tours of the Historic Santa Fe Depot from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11, with complimentary Historic Trolley Tours open to the public at the Visitor Information Center.

Tours for that will run at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Seating will also be limited to 24-riders per tour.

Stay in the know of all the activities this coming week by visiting the CVB website at http://www.visitdodgecity.org and the CVB Facebook and Twitter pages @visitdodgecity.

 

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