The first week of May is designated as National Tourism Week.
This year, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau uses the week to celebrate the county’s culture. Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Ashby said it’s a great time to get out and experience the county.
"We just like to take this time to remind our local community that there’s so much to see and do right here in your own backyard," Ashby said. "Get out and explore and enjoy our museums, enjoy the Wilds, enjoy our attractions."
Each year, tourism across the county supports over 3,000 jobs, and Ashby said it plays a role in more than $200 million brought in annually. She explained this year’s National Tourism Week theme.
"The theme for National Tourism week this year is, ‘Travel is’ and then you fill in the blank," she said. "It truly is something that touches all of us in a different way. Travel is making memories, travel is what I do for a living, travel is you fill in the blank, you get out there and explore and fill in that blank for you."
To celebrate the week, tourism business have donated prize packages that will be given away throughout the week. Both WHIZ AM and FM have several packages from the Wilds, the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, the National Road Zane Grey Museum and Stone Academy.