Troy hosts travel rally on Tuesday

Published 11:00 pm Friday, May 3, 2013

The Troy Department of Public Relations and Tourism is joining travel supporters throughout the country Tuesday in a rally to highlight travel’s significant contributions to the local and national economy.

The week of May 4-12 has been designated National Travel and Tourism Week and the city’s tourism department will participate in Travel Rally Day on Tuesday.

“We want to take this opportunity to highlight why travel matters here in Troy, Pike County and all across the country,” said Shelia Jackson, Troy director of tourism.

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Jackson said the goal of Travel Rally Day and National Travel and Tourism Week is to create a greater appreciation for travel and the impact that travel has on the local economy.

“More than 14.4 million Americans depend on travel for their livelihood and many of those jobs are here in Alabama and right here in Troy,” she said. “We want to shine a spotlight on this vital industry and its benefits to our community.”

Travel Rally Day in Troy will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Studio in downtown Troy.

“We will bring together members of our community that both support and represent the travel industry,” Jackson said. “Proclamations will be made from Mayor Jason A. Reeves and from the Governor’s office along with other recognitions. Peggy Collins from the State Tourism Department and a representative from Troy University will be in attendance.”

Jackson said that there are 882 tourism related jobs in Pike County. Those jobs include restaurants, hotels, service stations, retail stores and attractions.

Jackson said the public is invited to Travel Rally Day on Tuesday at The Studio as Troy salutes the travel industry at home and across the nation.

The Studio is located at 301 Market Street in downtown Troy.