Published: May 03, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
Updated: May 03, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau is appreciating employees who work in Lee County's biggest industry -- tourism.

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 4 – 6 p.m., employees who work in accomodations, attractions, transportation and hospitality are invited downtown for a travel rally.

The rally is a way to recognize the importance of travel and tourism nationally and locally and thank the people who cater to Lee County's tourists.

The event happens near the new water basin.

According to the Lee County VCB, 1 in 5 people works in hospitality or tourism.

Last year, it's estimated 4.7 million tourists came to Lee County and spent $2.7 billion.