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8 Apr 2022
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The Future of Travel

This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and promising future of the U.S. travel and tourism industry.

The 39th annual NTTW, taking place May 1st through 7th, recognizes the Future of Travel and the critical role our industry will play in rebuilding America's workforce, helping communities recover, fostering sustainability, ushering in new innovations and reconnecting travelers in the U.S. and around the world.

Travel Recovery

Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. Travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.

While the industry was hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, we are recovering and positioning our industry for a return to growth. There is great optimism among American travelers to get back on the road and see our great country.

We have overcome many obstacles, and the future is bright.

The Road Ahead

That's why here in the Southport-Oak Island area, and all across America, we are using NTTW to recognize the contributions of the U.S. travel industry and how we will grow a more dynamic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive future. While the pandemic was a setback, it's also an opportunity to reimagine the industry to be greater than ever before.

Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS is participating in NTTW by sharing information on the #FutureOfTravel and attending the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce's National Tourism & Small Business Ice Cream Social. In addition, as a proud member of the Vacation Rental Management Association, we remain committed to elevating the industry. 

From the NC Maritime Museum to the Oak Island Lighthouse, the Southport-Oak Island area's travel and tourism industry contributes so much to the local economy and the spirit of our small communities. From all of us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS, we are excited for all of the promising things ahead for the area and the U.S. travel industry. 

Stronger Together

Our voices are stronger together. Join us in setting our eyes on the future. A future where friends, family and colleagues can reconnect. Where hopping on a flight is just as easy, and better, than hopping on Zoom. Where traveling from one place to another is faster, more seamless and safer than ever before. Where inclusivity thrives and diversity drives innovation and connection. And a future where travel is once again the heartbeat of American communities and businesses, welcome travelers from across the globe to dive into what can only be experienced here - in Southport and Island - and in person.

Help celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week by booking your next Southport-Oak Island getaway. Whether you're looking forward to an annual summer vacation trip or you're a snowbird looking to get out of the mountains in the winter, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS is here to provide you with the best of Brunswick County, North Carolina rentals. Find your next short term rental on our website, or give us a call at (800) 486-5441. 

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