National Travel and Tourism Week: May 3-9, 2020

Travel unites us. It brings us joy. It inspires us to explore new frontiers, expand perspectives and make meaningful connections. And it’s essential to the U.S. economy, generating trillions of dollars and supporting 9 million jobs in 2019. Locally, tourism supports 53,500 jobs and contributed $7.5 billion to the Coachella Valley economy in 2019.

Though most travel plans have been put on pause due to the coronavirus crisis, the #SpiritOfTravel cannot be broken. National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition that honors the nation’s travel community, and now more than ever, it’s important to come together to support our tourism industry and workforce, as well as remember why we love to travel in the first place.

Since we can’t celebrate in person, the Greater Palm Springs CVB is hosting a series of virtual events to help rally support for an industry that will be crucial to our community’s recovery and to instill the #SpiritOfTravel in us all, even from afar. Because in times like these, we are stronger, and greater, together. Join us virtually with these Greater Palm Springs Zoom backgrounds. 

Schedule of Events

Join us in spotlighting the role of tourism in our community and country.

Monday, May 4 – Live Webinar with Cindy Novotny

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Master Connection Associates (MCA) is a premiere international consulting and training firm specializing in service, sales and leadership performance. MCA is a globally recognized company that is known for innovative, energetic, knowledge-based consulting, training and value added solutions for our customers.  MCA is worldwide leader in helping organizations improve performance in service delivery, sales, management and leadership. Our training and consulting focuses on improving strategic business processes that will produce bottom-line ROI results.

Cindy Novotny, managing partner of Master Connection Associates and known by business executives around the world as “The Radical Mentor,” has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing. In this live webinar aimed at hospitality professionals, she’ll be speaking about how pivoting today will give you the best results tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 5 – Virtual Happy Hour

4-4:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual (and festive!) celebration of Cinco de Mayo with Fresh Agave, featuring live cocktail and appetizer demonstrations with a dash of trivia. Plus: We’ll be sharing step-by-step recipes so you can continue the fiesta at home. In the spirit of Takeout Tuesday, find local restaurants offering takeout and delivery at

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Wednesday, May 6 – Response and Recovery Virtual Town Hall

10-11 a.m.

During this virtual town hall meeting, you'll hear from special guest Carolyn Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California, and the CVB will discuss the local COVID-19 response and recovery efforts for our tourism community.

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Thursday, May 7 – Greater Together: Giving Back and Getting Involved

2-3 p.m.

Watch uplifting stories of giving back in the local tourism community and hear from Coachella Valley nonprofits Lift to Rise, LifeStream and FIND Food Bank on how you can help.

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Friday, May 8 – Celebrating the Spirit of Travel

9-9:30 a.m.

Start your day with a stretch, breathe, and affirmation led by local yoga instructor Shay Moraga, helping us remember the of the importance of self-care and well-being during this time.  End the week with a video compilation from throughout the destination showcasing our community spirit of travel & tourism.      

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