On May 12, meeting and tourism industry professionals are hitting the streets to talk about how much travel matters to the U.S.

In Atlanta, where the industry provides 270,000 jobs and has an annual estimated impact of $11.4 billion, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is holding a celebration and panel discussion about how to generate business in a down economy.

At North Carolina Welcome Centers throughout the state, a series of events are scheduled to take place from May 11-15. In Charlotte, state legislators will participate in a Pit Crew Challenge in Raleigh. The tourism industry in North Carolina generates more than $1.3 billion a year and provides jobs for 190,000 North Carolinians.

In Clearwater/Tampa, at the PYM LIVE Event May 12, we’re taking pictures of our PYM Planners with Keep America Meeting signs to show our support for U.S. Travel Rally Day.

What are you doing? Tag a tweet with #rallyday and let us know.

Another group of Twitterers are using #ntw09 to disseminate information about National Tourism Week:

Here’s a cool trickle-down illustration of how tourism dollars help Americans:

A fun "trickle" chart that illustrates the power of travel #N... on Twitpic