National Tourism Week Marked at Welcome Center
National Tourism Week was celebrated at the Corning Welcome Center on Tuesday, May 8, with special activities. National Tourism Week is marked each May, and this year was observed May 6 to 12. The week is set aside to celebrate the many contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community.
The annual tradition now serves to bring industry professionals together in an effort to highlight the value of travel, and to consider the broad impact it holds for community across the country. The theme for this year's observance was “Travel Then and Now.”
As part of this year's observance at the Corning Welcome Center, Dr. Adam Long and Shannon Williams, of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center of Piggott, visited the center. While there they served cookies to the visitors while answering questions from tourists, and providing information, about the local museum. HPMEC is operated by ASU as one of its Heritage Sites.
In addition to marking National Tourism Week, the center employees served cake, cupcakes, lemonade and coffee in celebration of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer's 91st wedding anniversary.
“We enjoyed celebrating with our tourists, and look forward to more tourism growth in the future,” Welcome Center Manager Barbara Harmon said of the observance.
She also offered a variety of interesting facts to illustrate how travel has increased in the area over the years. She noted in 1968 there were 8,913 visitors to the center and that grew to 26,284 by the year 2000. “In 2015 there were 59,203 visitors and last year there were 73,325 tourist who passed through the doors of the Welcome Center at Corning,” Harmon added.