Why Travel Matters in Oxnard

Tourism Matters in Oxnard, California

We pass popular tourist sites like Channel Islands Harbor every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But in tandem with our local agricultural businesses, the Harbor and other tourist sites like Heritage Square, Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, and Henry T. Oxnard Historic District are the backbone of Oxnard. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us—and thousands of annual visitors—a lifetime of memories.

Travel matters, and it improves Oxnard in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on Oxnard residents. Travel supports thousands of travel-related jobs in Oxnard, and it also has an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another.

Travel Matters to America

At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.6 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private sector employer. In 2017, traveler spending generated $165 billion in total tax revenue, including $76 billion in state and local revenue. That $76 billion can pay for a host of critical resources: it’s more than enough to pay all state and local police and firefighters, or the more than one million public high school teachers.

Travel is powerful for cities and states, and Oxnard is no exception. Just read our press release with Ventura County-specific economic impact numbers.

Think back to your first job. Maybe you worked at Island Packers, or maybe your kids work there now. For many–one third of Americans to be exact–travel is the front door to a promising career. Americans whose first job in travel have an average career salary of $81,900, and two in 5 of those whose first job was in travel are now earning more than $100,000.

Think about how travel matters to Channel Islands Kayak Center: travel-dependent leisure and hospitality is the largest small business employer in the U.S.

Those are only a few reasons why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors to Oxnard—and why our industry is elevating the message of “Travel Matters” during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 5-11, 2019. We encourage you to join us in observing NTTW this year, and celebrate all that travel does for Oxnard, and for our country as a whole.

Here are ways to get involved:

  • Contact our Congresswoman, Julia Brownley, and tell her why travel is important to Oxnard.
  • Get social and engage with the #nttw19 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Share how travel matters in your community.

This year’s NTTW is more than just another campaign. It’s a movement that positions the travel industry as a primary driver in the U.S. economy, and as an important part of our daily lives in Oxnard, California.


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