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Power of Tourism

Tourism creates jobs, drives the local economy, enhances lifestyle and culture, and helps to support local government programs, nonprofits, and regional parks.

National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2-8, 2021

Established in 1983 by President Reagan, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual salute to travel in America. During the first full week in May, communities nationwide unite around a common theme to showcase travel’s contributions to the economy and American jobs.  This year, the travel industry is celebrating the “Power of Travel” to remind media, elected officials, and the public how the power of travel will help drive America's recovery.

  • The resiliency of our local tourism industry is commemorated through a series of video interviews and artwork. Visit the Resiliency Showcase here.
  • View Sonoma County's businesses lit in "pinot purple" in honor of NTTW here.
  • Enjoy a collage of work from local students celebrating the Power of Travel here

Tourism Means Jobs

The tourism industry is one of the largest employers in Sonoma County, with hospitality employment typically comprising one in 10 jobs. (16,264 jobs in 2020. Source: Dean Runyan/Visit CA: "Sonoma County Travel Impacts 2020").

Tourism Means Economic Prosperity

State and local government revenue generated by the local tourism industry ($112 million in 2020. Source: Dean Runyan/Visit CA: "Sonoma County Travel Impacts 2020") is used to help support regional parks, economic development, arts and culture, education, roads, public safety, education, affordable housing and workforce development among other community programs.

Additionally, local tourism supports opportunity and growth in other parts of the local economy. “Statistics show that hospitality and tourism has outperformed the aggregate of all other export sectors since 1998, with employment expanding nearly 10 percent in tourism while others showed negative gain of almost -1 percent. Econometric tests show that employment shifts in the visitor economy are followed in subsequent years by sustained changes in growth in other parts of the economy.” (Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development, Oxford Economics)

Economic growth across all business sectors, keep Sonoma County thriving and relevant. A strong local economy is essential to supporting a healthy community.

Tourism Gives Back to Our Community

Sonoma County's tourism and hospitality industry does much more than provide hotel space, restaurant meals, outdoor activities and entertainment, wine tasting, and gorgeous views - we care about our local community.

According to a recent report by Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc, nine out of 10 Sonoma County hospitality businesses give back to their community. Local hospitality-related businesses donated more than $43.9 million annually in cash, in-kind, and volunteer-hour contributions.

Sonoma County Tourism Cares

Sonoma County Tourism is honored to have sponsored and facilitated 20 Tourism Cares events over the past four years. We are always grateful our generous tourism and hospitality industry for coming out in force to lend a hand and give back to a destination and that has given so much to us all.

Destination Marketing is Essential to Sonoma County’s Success

Effective destination marketing creates opportunities and benefits for local businesses, government, public services, and residents in Sonoma County. To continue to see a year over year increase in tax revenue, Sonoma County needs to keep our marketing efforts on par with our competitors. Investing in our destination provides unlimited returns.

Power of Tourism Toolkit