SR45, As Adopted by Senate, May 7, 2019



            Senators Schmidt, Horn, Hollier, Brinks, McMorrow, Polehanki, Outman, Nesbitt, Moss, Bumstead, McBroom, Irwin, VanderWall, Victory and Zorn offered the following resolution:

            Senate Resolution No. 45.

A resolution recognizing May 5-11, 2019, as National Travel and Tourism Week, to draw attention to the importance of tourism to Michigan’s economy and well-being.

Whereas, National Travel and Tourism Week, now in its 36th year, is celebrated by the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) and Travel Michigan; and

Whereas, A Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) study shows tourism supports 6 percent of all jobs, directly supporting 224,476 jobs in the state; and

Whereas, Tourism boosts the state economy by $24.7 billion and generates $2.7 billion in state and local taxes; and

Whereas, Last year, Michigan had a total of 122.4 million visits, an increase of 3.4 million visits from the previous year and marking an eighth straight year of growth; and

Whereas, Michigan businesses ranging from lodging to food establishments, retailers, sporting events, and beyond all benefit from tourism, resulting in thriving communities, hometown pride, and robust employment; and

Whereas, Travel makes us aware of the need for good roads and public transportation; and 

Whereas, Michigan has scores of destinations with festivals, museums, and arts and cultural events that show our diversity and ethnic heritage; and

Whereas, Residents and visitors who take advantage of our hiking trails, waterways, ski resorts, golf courses, and beaches get in touch with all the stunning scenery that “Pure Michigan” has to offer; and

Whereas, The United States Travel Association finds that travel can reduce stress, improve heart health, and create stronger connections with loved ones, which leads to better health overall and a greater sense of well-being; and

Whereas, Travel connects family and friends and makes lifelong memories; and  

Whereas, The social media hashtag to point out the importance of tourism is #TravelMatters; now, therefore, be it

            Resolved by the Senate, That members of this legislative body recognize May 5-11, 2019, as National Travel and Tourism Week; and be it further

Resolved, That the people of the state of Michigan are encouraged to explore “Pure Michigan” year-round to take advantage of its four glorious seasons.