Profitt Report: Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week by planning a vacation

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No matter where you go or what you do when you get there, traveling benefits the local economy according to the U.S. Travel Association. May 6-12 is the 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

“What it is, is uniting communities across the country to come together, how important it is to American jobs, the economy, personal well-being,” said Amber Balley of the Go Great Lakes Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She breaks it down for us, first by the numbers:

“Tourism supports one in nine American jobs and one in ten in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” she said.

However, there’s another important benefit to travel: your happiness.

“Numerous studies have been done of how important travel and vacation time is to make you be a better worker, reduce stress and so many positive health effects,” Balley said.

Project Time Off is a series of studies by the U.S. Travel Association. They say 52 percent of American employees aren’t using all their vacation days.

“Use your vacation time, start planning, go to some of our great attractions, restaurants and just spend a weekend or a week off and stay in some hotels,” Balley said.

On tap in the near future: the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth runs May 18-19. Hiking and biking trails across the Midland, Saginaw and Bay regions are open. Also, Midland’s dinosaur exhibit runs through May 20 at the Midland Center for the Arts.

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