Carthage is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week with a rally at the Historic Boots Motel on Tuesday at 9am. May 8, 2012 is Travel Rally Day. Travel industry workers representing key businesses in Carthage hospitality community will join Mayor Mike Harris, Mark Elliff-President of Carthage Chamber of Commerce,Terri Heckmaster-President of Precious Moments Foundation, Debye Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw-Boots Motel Owners and the community to celebrate the grand re-opening day of the Historic Boots Motel.
The Boots Motel at 107 South Garrison was placed on the 2011 list of Ten Most Endangered Roadside Places by the Society for Commercial Archeology. In the short time that the Ms. Harvey & Ms. Bledsaw have taken ownership of the property, we have seen a remarkable change of fate for the legendary structure. Formerly, used as sub standardized housing for somewhat transient tenants, the new ownership has seen a remarkable change in curb appeal and cleanliness and is well on it’s way to become a thriving economic driver for our tourist population. We are proud to offer this location on its opening day.
Travel Rally Day is a key activity of National Travel and Tourism Week, which takes place from May 5-13. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers; it is the second largest industry in the state of Missouri. In Jasper County, 4,862 workers are employed by travel and tourism, jobs that resulted from visitor spending that totals $165,978,554 in our local economy.
On this day, we will showcase the economic and employment impact created in Carthage from spending by leisure and business visitors. The jobs of our local hospitality workforce – and hundreds of thousands of dollars in Carthage & Missouri tax receipts – are supported by the vital economic activity generated by travel and tourism. The goal of Rally Day is to unite a community’s travel workers and supporters and publicly represent the industry to media, elected officials and residents with a message that travel matters to this nation and to the local community.
The local travel and tourism workforce and its supporters are mobilized and ready to show the value that travel and tourism brings to Carthage, Missouri.
Carthage Travel Workers Rally
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Historic Boots Motel
107 South Garrison, Carthage, Missouri