This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week theme shines a spotlight on the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people who keep this industry strong: The Faces of Travel.
This industry supports the livelihoods of more than 15 million Americans, whose careers have blossomed. And it is one place where the right things matter most—reliability, hustle and attitude. These are the people who help others connect because hospitality runs in their DNA, fueling the travel industry's continued success. These are the jobs and the people we should be celebrating.
Shelia Bradley | Legislative Aide
Shelia Bradley (center) serves on the state tourism board. Bradley is pictured with President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation, Rita McClenny (right), during a recent board retreat.
Having been involved in tourism before there was any, it tickles my soul to see people everywhere recognizing the importance of tourism activities! When the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce first started trying to identify what might attract visitors to the area in the late 1980’s, I will never forget that we all sat around a table and struggled for examples. Many years later, we are now basking in the recognition that tourism brings–even in rural areas. Sharing rich natural resources led to the spawning of Agritourism, where you don’t have to have “things,” only a desire to share your experiences with visitors.
Serving on the Virginia Tourism Corporation Board of Directors (and the Halifax County Tourism Board) has allowed me to see, first-hand, what a driving force, and revenue influencer, tourism is in the Commonwealth. I bask in the glory of the oldest and most widely recognized tourism slogan in the country,Virginia is for Lovers! To semi-quote Shakespeare, “the world is our oyster,” and I can’t contain my excitement when I think of the endless possibilities that still lie in wait for the state that is the Mother of Presidents and for our little piece of the pie here in Halifax County.