National Travel and Tourism Week celebrated in Gallia

Staff Report

GALLIA COUNTY — Last week the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCCVB) took part in a national celebration amongst the travel industry celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth, and personal well-being.

The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Gallia County’s culture and economy.

Beginning the celebration early with Gallipolis First Friday, the Bureau launched their summer program the “Passport Challenge.” Participants will explore Gallia County with the City and County Challenges. Each Challenge has ten locations that you must visit and either receive a stamp or snap a selfie. Participant who complete and return to the GCCVB will receive prizes and be entered to win more. To learn more about the Passport Challenge go to,

Every year the Bureau recognizes a Gallia business and individual who go above and beyond supporting our local tourism at their Annual Dinner held at Colony Club. This year the Gallipolis Hampton Inn was recognized for their efforts as the “Corporate Friend of the GCCVB,” the award was accepted by Cassey Fraley the Hampton Inn General Manager and Dr. and Mrs. Smith, owners. This year’s “Friend of the GCCVB” was awarded to the Bureau’s Immediate Past President, Chris Homer. Homer had served six years on the board, four of which he served as President and has accepted to return to serve as a mentor to the Board of Trustees.

The Bureau was also out in the community meeting with local fifth-grade students sharing what the Bureau does and why travel matters through fun interactive activities. This program known as the “Tourism 101 Workshop,” was led by Assistant Director Kaitlynn Halley. Approximately 208 students took part in the workshop from both Gallipolis City Schools and Gallia County Local Schools. The workshops engaged students on their knowledge of popular locations of Downtown Gallipolis, local history and critical thinking skills with an event planning activity.

National Travel and Tourism Week wrapped up with the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament and Kids Rodeo. The Cabela’s Kids Rodeo was held at the Bob Evans Pond in Rio Grande and was sponsored by Wesbanco.

To learn more about the efforts of the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau you may contact them at or (800) 765-6482.

Article and information submitted by the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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