As the 2016 presidential election season progresses, heated debates will ensue from cable news to the kitchen table. While partisan politics may get divisive, there’s one thing that anyone—blue, red or purple—can get behind this year and vote for: Travel.

That’s why, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2016, May 1-7, our industry is campaigning for travel, and encouraging everyone to join us in supporting “Travel ’16.”

Figuratively speaking, travel is the perfect presidential candidate: it’s a job creator, it’s pro-family and it’s good for our health. Here’s why: the $2.1 trillion travel industry supports one in nine American jobs—research even demonstrates that 2016 election-related travel is already a boon for local economies, especially in states with presidential primaries. The travel industry provides good jobs in every single Congressional district in the country, and is in fact one of the top 10 employers in almost all 50 states. Americans save an average of $1,147 amount in taxes each year because of travel-related tax revenue in their communities.

Travel also greatly benefits our relationships, families and children!
Kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college, and earn more as adults. And it’s good for our well-being—numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. That’s a platform anyone can support!

In light of these extraordinary returns, Fort Lauderdale Beach is stumping for “Travel ‘16” this #NTTW, to make sure our elected leaders seek avenues to expand and support travel right here in our community.

In Greater Fort Lauderdale for example, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling out their annual Vacation Like a VIP at the area's Luxe Hotels and 2-4-1 Discover Summer Campaign with unique two-for-one offers at area restaurants, spas and attractions,  valid May 1-September 30, 2016.

During #NTTW opportunities to rally behind our candidate #Travel abound, including the FREE Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series at The Hub on Fort Lauderdale Beach, The Fort Lauderdale Air Show and so much more!