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Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with Tempe, Arizona

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We’re celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week May 3-9, 2020 

Tempe, Arizona is located in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe is a college town with a personality all its own. It’s a welcoming destination with a spirited lifestyle where you’ll find fun-filled activities at every turn. Let’s help you learn more about our city. 

Tempe loves Tourism 

According to the 2018 Tourism Economics Impact Study, approximately 4 million travelers spend $851 million in Tempe annually. 

  • $219 million on food and beverage 
  • $185 million on retail shopping 
  • $174 million on local transportation 
  • $171 million on lodging 
  • $103 million on recreation 

Tourism contributes more than $83 million in local and state taxes which: 

  • Saves the average Tempe household $1,200 
  • Supports essential services such as police and fire 
  • Adds to the quality of life by providing funds for parks, sports, transportation and arts programs 
  • Sustains 1 in 14 Tempe jobs 

* You can learn more about the economic benefits of Tourism on Tempe, here. 

National Plan For Vacation Day 

We️ love our fierce state! On January 28, 2020, we encouraged you to embrace National Plan For Vacation Day! Yes, it’s a real day that we should all celebrate. We want you to experience Tempe, Arizona, whether you are a first-time visitor or you’re a native to the state. In January, we shared that 768 million vacation days went unused in 2018. We know that this number will only go up in 2020 due to COVID-19 but we want to beat that statistic as we dream about what is to come.  

*Save the date: National Plan For Vacation Day is January 26, 2021 

Since we have to stay at home, why not make the best of that time by planning a vacation? You can use Instagram for inspiration for your favorite or dream destinations. (I have my own “travel” collection of Instagram posts that I’ve “bookmarked” to save activities, restaurants, photo ops, etc.)  

Instagram post of coffee cups
Instagram collection - travel inspiration

You can also take a look at the local attractions that are currently offering some at home activities and virtual tours. Hang out with Fernando the Sloth from Phoenix Zoo or enjoy a coloring page (or five) to keep busy at home.  

Embracing the Spirit of Travel during a pandemic 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis is having an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and the entire economy. Now more than ever, the travel and tourism community must come together, support each other and remind our country that even through most difficult times, the Spirit of Travel cannot be broken. We, the travel industry, embrace the “Spirit of Travel” – a spirit of strength, resiliency and selflessness, which is the foundation of our local economy. 

Shop Local. Eat Local. 

Tempe has a hype downtown area next to Arizona State University where you’ll find more than 75 restaurants and shops at your leisure, with many serving you for delivery and curbside pickup.  And, there are lots of local favorite businesses throughout the city.

Residents can support local merchants and restaurants now by ordering gifts online where available, purchasing gift cards for future use, and ordering takeout meals for curbside pickup or delivery.  

If you would like to support restaurants by ordering takeout, check out our comprehensive dining guide, organized by cuisine, showcasing more than 100 restaurants open in Tempe right now, all offering to-go orders. 

Local artists, designers and brick and mortars are looking for your support, as well. Although, many things have come to a stop, holidays, special occasions and birthdays are still happening. These artists and merchants would love to share their wonderfully local gifts with you and your loved ones. Check out our latest blog post about some of the awesome local merchants and artists

Dream now, visit later 

Tempe is a wonderful destination for families, couples or solo travelers. While we’re unable to travel now, you can start planning what could be your best itinerary yet! We’d recommend taking a look at our Pinterest boards for some of our best planning tools or check out some featured articles from visiting bloggers that share their own experiences. 




Thank you to our hospitality and frontline workers who continue to propel the community with their relentless attitude. 

While it’s critical to stay at home for now, we want to remind you to think about the memories you’ve created near and far during your travel journeys. Until you’re ready to travel again, Tempe will be here with a virtual hug.  


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Rachel Semik
Written Rachel Semik

Lover of all things social media and staying in the know, you'll find Content Strategist/ASU Alumni, Rachel out devouring ice cream sandwiches and tasting her way through Tempe's margarita scene.