Fairfield celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

Fairfield, California – Over 100 people will gather at a Suisun Valley winery on May 8 to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week and the impact this vital industry has on Fairfield, Solano County and the surrounding region.

The event, hosted by the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, will include Fairfield and Solano County dignitaries and elected officials as well as representatives from area hotels, wineries and attractions. This celebration in Fairfield is one of many that will be taking place around the country May 3 – May 11 as part of the 31st annual National Travel and Tourism Week. These travel rallies represent the travel community’s collective call to showcase the importance and impact of travel on jobs and economic growth.

“Travel and tourism is a key economic driving force in Fairfield and Solano County,” said Anand Patel, the president and CEO of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau. “It supports jobs and allows the city and county to benefit by way of sales and occupancy taxes.”

To see the impact of travel and tourism in a community, look no further than the numbers themselves. Travel supports 14.9 million jobs in the United States. Across California, travel employs a diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. In Solano County, travel and tourism employed 7,082 people in 2012. The industry contributed to $601.5 million in direct spending and $163 million in direct earnings in that year alone. Local tax receipts totaled $7.5 million with state tax receipts at $28.9 million.

There is so much to see and do in Fairfield for both locals and those coming from outside of town. Its close proximity to both San Francisco and Sacramento makes Fairfield an ideal location for family vacations, couples getaways and extensions to business trips. Nestled in the heart of Northern California, Fairfield is best known as being the home to the world famous Jelly Belly Factory and the Anhueser-Busch Brewery. Drive just a few miles outside of this busy city and discover the beautiful Suisun Valley wine country, which has been described by Sunset Magazine as “undiscovered and unpretentious.” Spend the day wine tasting, enjoy a round of golf at one of Fairfield’s premier golf courses or buy fresh produce from area farm stands. Many other popular destinations are less than 15 minutes away, including Napa Valley, the Western Railway Museum, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park and the Vacaville Premium Outlets.

“Many visitors and even locals are surprised with how much there is to do in and around Fairfield,” Patel said. “We have made some great strides in educating not only potential visitors to the area about all the great things to do in Fairfield, but also the local community.”

Travel can also have an impact on an individual’s physical and physiological health, as well as workplace productivity. In 2013, the average employee in the United States skipped 3.2 days of paid time off. According to a recent study, if workers used all of their available paid time off, the nation’s economy would gain $160 billion in additional annual business sales, which would support 1.2 million new jobs and generate $21 billion in new annual tax revenue.

“Travel holds measurable benefits for our minds, bodies, relationships, businesses and economy,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. “Travel should be celebrated every day.”

The Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau markets and promotes the Fairfield region as a destination for meetings, events, travel and tourism. The bureau, an independent non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization, was created in 2004 by a Business Improvement District and is funded by 18 lodging properties in Fairfield. For more information about the Fairfield CVB, call 707-399-2445 or visit www.visitfairfieldca.com.