NO. R-117.† House concurrent resolution designating May 10 - 18, 2003 as the 20th annual celebration of National Tourism Week.

(H.C.R.68)

Offered by:† Representatives Marron of Stowe, Rogers of Castleton and Shaw of Derby.

Whereas, travel and tourism in the United States is a $545 billion industry, providing a trade surplus of $7 billion in 2002, and it is one of the nationís largest employers with a total of 18 million jobs, and

Whereas, the $4.2 billion travel and tourism industry in Vermont is a major contributor to our employment, economic prosperity, and international trade and relations, peace, understanding, and goodwill, and

Whereas, travel and tourism in Vermont embraces and promotes such diverse elements of our economy as agriculture, skiing, camping, cultural heritage, the arts, wildlife, and Vermont-made products, and

Whereas, as knowledge of Vermontís outstanding cultural and recreational resources becomes more internationally known, travel and tourism will become an increasingly important aspect in our citizensí lives, and

Whereas, in recognition of these laudable contributions to the economic, social, and cultural well‑being of Vermontís citizens, it is fitting that the General Assembly recognize the importance of travel and tourism in this state, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates the week of May 10 - 18 as the 20th annual celebration of National Tourism Week, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Bruce Hyde.