Newark, Del. (May 11, 2011) - In commemoration of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-15, 2011), representatives of the Delaware tourism industry and government officials greeted travelers as they visited the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza located in Newark, Delaware, off of I-95 between exits 1 and 3.  Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office; Paul Clark, New Castle County Executive; and members of the Delaware Tourism Office, Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Delaware Visitors Center located at the I-95 Welcome Center were on hand to let travelers know that travel matters to the State of Delaware.  Since its opening on June 28, 2010, the Welcome Center has received over 3 million visitors and has serviced over 20,000 motor coaches.

NTTW May 10 2011"Travel and Tourism is one of the most significant and steadfast industries in the nation and is a major contributor to our state's economy, employing 39,000 people in Delaware," said Governor Jack Markell.  "When travelers come to Delaware, they make a positive impact on our communities and improve the quality of life for Delawareans."

 "A $1.9 billion industry, Tourism is big business in Delaware," stated Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office.  "Increased tourism traffic fuels the economy and benefits direct and indirect businesses including suppliers, retailers, and service providers leading to job creation and increased tax revenues."

"Travel is an integral part of the tourism experience," claimed Paul Clark, New Castle County Executive.  "The Delaware I-95 corridor provides easy access to local businesses, hotels, renowned tourist attractions, and direct routes to popular draws located throughout the First State."

NTTW May 10 2011A $1.8 trillion business, the U.S. Travel Association declared that the Travel and Tourism industry is one of the nation's biggest industries and largest employers.  Ranking among the top 10 industries in 48 states and D.C., the Travel and Tourism industry supports 14 million U.S. jobs.  One out of nine U.S. jobs is reliant upon the Travel and Tourism industry.   In 2010, direct spending by domestic and international travelers generated $759 billion in the U.S. economy that stimulated an additional $1 trillion of economic impact in other industries.  On average, traveler spending equates to $1.4 million per minute and $24,000 dollars per second.

Projections by the U.S. Travel Association indicate an increase in U.S. domestic travel of about 2 percent from last year.  A 6 percent increase in international arrivals is predicted in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware.  For more information, visit the official Delaware Tourism website at or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.

Photo # 1 - Alan Levin (Director, Delaware Economic Development Office) and Linda Parkowski (Director of Tourism, State of Delaware) greeting travelers at Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza. Photo Courtesy of Leafo Photo

Photo #2 - Sarah Willoughby (Executive Director, Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau), Paul Clark (New Castle County Executive), Linda Parkowski (Director of Tourism, State of Delaware), Alan Levin (Director, Delaware Economic Development Office), and Julie Miro-Wenger (Partner, Event Allies). Photo Courtesy of Leafo Photo

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