covered bridge in spring in Newport
May 03 2020

Giles County Celebrates the Spirit of Travel

covered bridge in spring in Newport

Giles County Celebrates the Spirit of Travel for National Travel & Tourism Week

~Giles to highlight the resiliency and power of tourism May 3-9~


Giles County, Virginia– Beginning May 3, Giles will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a number of offerings that honor the spirit of travel in recognition of the industry’s strength, selflessness and resiliency, even in the face of adversity.


Each day of National Travel and Tourism Week, Giles will showcase themed content to support all the diverse sectors of the tourism industry, including historic attractions, outdoor recreation, restaurants, small towns and more. Giles will celebrate the spirit of travel all week long with website updates, social media posts and user-generated content. A proclamation supporting National Travel and Tourism week and the Giles tourism community is on the agenda for the upcoming Board of Supervisors, set to meet virtually on May 6th.


During this time, Giles also encourages consumers to order takeout or delivery from their favorite local restaurants and other local businesses. Residents and future visitors are reminded that their support of participating partners through the Giles Gift Card program, has directly supported over $90,000 being generated for our communities. The program is ongoing  and more information can be found on


“While it has been a roller coaster of a spring, our communities, tourism partners, and residents have rallied, supported, and adapted. This won’t last forever and although the future may look different, the tourism industry in Giles is resilient and they will thrive. The tourism industry in Giles contributes to over 250 full time positions and $28 million dollars in expenditures. Our tourism business community is preparing, and ready to welcome visitors, because it is true that the spirit of travel cannot be broken. We are Virginia’s Mountain Playground and adventure is always waiting” Cora Gnegy, Tourism Marketing Director, Giles County.


Giles County has also shared a series of videos to highlight the power of tourism, called “Tourism Matters.” When it is safe to travel again, locally and regionally, travel will be what moves us forward once again, and tourism will be a vital part of Virginia’s economic recovery.  These videos and more can be found by following Giles County on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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