|"Tourism Pays" in Columbia, SC|
Tourism is big business in the Columbia region and in South Carolina. Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Columbia Regional Visitors Center join hundreds of cities, states and travel-related businesses nationwide to recogize the power of the tourism industry with National Travel & Tourism Week, May 4-12, 2013.
The event, event sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, celebrates the value and scope of the nation's $759 billion travel and tourism industry, and its economic and social contributions, and aims to inform the public of the cultural and social benefits of travel and tourism.
Travel and tourism generates $1 billion in direct spending and brings in approzimately 4 million visitors for the Columbia region each year, while providing more than 65,000 jobs in the region and supporting the jobs of nearly 1 in 10 South Carolinians. Tourism is the largest industry in South Carolina according to many economists and saves every household in the state $691 in taxes annually. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from airline and attraction employees to restaurant, hotel and taxi workers.