On May 9, legislators passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 166, authored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu, formally declaring May 2016 and every May thereafter as Travel and Tourism Month in California. Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) presented the resolution in the Senate. The approval of the resolution marked the beginning of a month-long celebration of the significant contributions tourism provides all Californians. This milestone kicked off the 2016 summer travel season and will continue to do so in years to come. Visit California participated in ceremonies on both the Assembly and Senate floors during which lawmakers discussed the industry’s important economic benefits before voting to approve the resolution. Governor Brown also issued a letter in support of Travel and Tourism Month, writing that “travel and tourism is an engine for economic growth and well-being in California.”.