For more than a decade, Tourism Cares has united the travel, tourism and hospitality industries to give back to destinations in need of care. 

Since 2003, travel industry volunteers have donated more than 50,000 hours

at a value of $1 million to destinations all over North America. 

We have always responded to destinations in need, especially after disaster. In 2018, we're focusing on resilient destinations South Florida and New Orleans, as part of our 15th anniversary.  

In 2017, our volunteers made a tremendous impact in four cities across North America during Tourism Cares for Our Cities. Download the impact report to learn more. 

Our most recent programs / 2014 - present

Miami, FL / San Pedro, CA / Leesburg, VA / National Park Service Series

The previous five years / 2009 - 2013

Gettysburg, PA / Angel Island, San Francisco, CA / Washington, DC / Valley Forge, PA /

Mystic Seaport, CT / Pensacola, FL / Sacramento, CA / New York, NY / Plymouth, MA

At the end of the day, participants in the project put down their tools, paint brushes and shovels to see the huge difference they had made in just one day. Volunteers used more than 150 gallons of paint and spread nearly 600 pounds of cement. Tasks varied from the painting of historic buildings to rebuilding of fences to the archiving of more than 300 artifacts to the planting of more than a dozen trees. In all, more than 1,500 volunteer hours which translated into months of labor were donated to the city of Sacramento.
In terms of volunteer value, Tourism Cares for Plimoth Plantation raised the bar significantly, showcasing volunteerism at its finest, and proved how volunteers can support the very high standards inherent in a living history museum of this caliber
— Janet Young, Plimoth Plantation
In terms of the destinations, we were thrilled by the excitement and enthusiasm the volunteers showed for the areas they visited. In regard to the work they did, we knew what the volunteers were capable of but it was amazing to see how excited our hosts from NYC Parks, The National Park Service and Coney Island were to see how much they were actually able to accomplish.
— Reagan Stulbaum, NYC & Company

The first five years / 2003 - 2008

New York, NY / New Orleans (before Katrina), LA / Mount Vernon, VA / Mississippi Gulf Coast / Virginia City, NV / New Orleans (after Katrina, LA)

This kind of concentrated effort makes us feel like we moved mountains in just a few days.
— Craig Ray, Director of Tourism, Mississippi Development Authority
The value of the work performed in New Orleans can’t be captured in man hours or painted fence posts. The value resides in the hearts and minds of those who gave, those who received, and in the investment made in the city’s recovery
— Mike Valentino, President & CEO, Valentino Hotels