National Travel and Tourism Week—which will take place this year May 6-12—is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. This year’s celebration marks the 35th anniversary of the 1983 congressional resolution that established NTTW—and it’s all about celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community over the course of the last several decades. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the unique value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.
We’re shining the spotlight on the people behind our nation’s travel industry with this year’s theme: “Travel: Then and Now.” Our industry is one that relies on human interaction—whether it’s the front desk concierge at a hotel, the tour guide in a city’s historic district, or the CEO of a local destination marketing organization, our people are what make America a great place to visit, and keep our industry strong. Read about how travel affects us here in Denton, as well as everyone in the US, at Kim Phillips’ May 6, 2018 blog.
See our slideshow of Travel in Denton, Then & Now:
Y'all really love our pictures of the trolleys. Sadly, they probably aren't coming back... (Photo courtesy of the Denton County Office of History and Culture)
But at least we still have public transportation around the square with DCTA's buses! (Photo courtesy of Denton County Transportation Authority)
Russell's Department Store in 1977, at the corner of Hickory & Elm (Photo by Alec Williams)
I heart Denton (Photo by Sarah Page)
Two of the trolleys of the Denton Traction Company are seen in 1911 at the corner of Elm and Hickory. (Photo courtesy of the Texas Portal to History via Denton Public Library)
Now, instead of trains and trolleys, most of our visitors discover Denton via car. (Photo by Veronica Maldonado)
Check this out: when WWI ended, a parade of tanks went down Locust Street in celebration! Check this vintage photo out for #nttw18! (Photo courtesy of Portal to Texas History via Denton Public Library) #lifeisbetter #TBTravel
Now, thankfully, most of our parades are of a more fun, less military reasons, like the Peterbilt Pride & Class Parade, held in October on the Square! #lifeisbetter #TravelNow
In the 1940s, Denton had quite the theater row, like the Texas Theater (now the Fine Arts Theater).
See more about #nttw18 at link in bio (Photo courtesy of Portal to Texas History via UNT Libraries Special Collections) #lifeisbetter #TBTravel
With the resurgence of film festivals like Thin Line Fest and Denton Black Film Festival, the Campus Theater continues this storied tradition of cinema on the Square, adding live theater to its stage as well.