To recognize Texas’ robust travel industry and its important contributions to the state economy, Gov. Rick Perry has designated May 5-13 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week. State and local tourism entities will hold events and travel rallies marking the occasion
across the state during the week.
“The Texas travel industry is an important part of our state’s economy, with travel spending supporting
approximately 530,000 jobs and generating nearly $4 billion in state and local taxes in 2011,” Texas
Tourism Director Julie Chase said. “We encourage Texans who are planning vacations for the summer and beyond to explore and enjoy some of the exciting attractions the Lone Star State has to offer.”
Tuesday, May 8 is U.S. Travel Rally Day, a central part of National Travel and Tourism Week. The Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism, with the support of local travel industry partners, will highlight tourism’s positive economic impact on the state and encourage travel in Texas at a travel rally featuring industry speakers and local performers on May 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District.
Highlights of Events around the state of Texas
On May 5, in observance of Tourism Week (May 5-13, 2012), walking tours will be offered of downtown Dallas starting from the Dallas Visitor’s Center (“Old Red Courthouse” across from Dealey Plaza) each hour from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. Multi tours will be available each hour as needed. Tours will last from 30 to 45 minutes and cover the Dealey Plaza area, overview of JFK events in Dallas, the Dallas Visitor Center, JFK Memorial, John Neely Bryan Cabin in Founders Plaza and Dallas history highlights, plus
various sites in the area. Interested parties are asked to look for DFWATGA banners at the Dallas Visitor Center and DFW Area Tour Guides in red shirts with DFWATGA membership name badges. For more information, please contact Mary McDonald with the Dallas CVB at 972.679.2269.
Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau have a variety of events scheduled to celebrate this year’s Travel and Tourism Week. On FortWorth.com the CVB will feature a quiz of the day and a daily blog highlighting the tourism industry. The CVB’s Facebook page will have postings throughout the week spotlighting Fort Worth and its attractions. Additionally, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will recognize the week with an official proclamation that she will read at city council on Tuesday, May 8. Lastly, the Fort
Worth visitor centers will have information readily available about Travel and Tourism Week in addition
to special giveaways and snacks for their guests. For more information, please visit www.FortWorth.com.
Galveston Island Offers 50% Discount on Attractions for Texas Tourism Week Celebration May 6
If you haven’t been to Galveston Island lately, you might want to make plans for May 6 as the island celebrates Texas Tourism Week by offering a 50 percent discount on many of its attractions. The event will show appreciation to the island’s loyal tourists while highlighting Galveston Island as a premier tourist destination in Texas.
Participating attractions for the 50 percent discount include:
•Moody Gardens – Half off regular adult admission for up to six people, including individual tickets or Day Pass to all Moody Gardens attractions.
•Lone Star Flight Museum – Half off regular admission for up to six people.
•Moody Mansion – Half off regular admission for up to six people.
•Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum – Buy one admission get one free.
•American Undersea Warfare Center (USS Cavalla and USS Stewart) – Buy one admission get one free. Not valid for parking.
•Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA – Half off adult admission.
•Great Storm Theater at Pier 21 – Half off adult admission.
•Galveston Railroad Museum – Buy one admission get one free.
These offers are only valid on May 6 and may not be combined with any other offers, discounts or previously purchased tickets. To take advantage of this special discount, participants must print the Texas Tourism Week coupon that can be found at www.galveston.com/
In San Antonio, the convention and visitors bureau is hosting a variety of events throughout the week celebrating the impact of travel on the local community. Beginning Friday, May 4 visitors can savor the tastes of San Antonio and enjoy live music at La Villita First Friday Arts Walk. Over the weekend, guided running and walking tours of some of the city’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and parks will be offered. On Tuesday, May 8 San Antonio will salute local firefighters and paramedics with free lunch
from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for their crews sponsored by Madame Tussaud’s Wax Works and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Wednesday, May 9 will be dedicated to Taxi Drive Appreciation Day. Taxi drivers are invited to drive by from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for a free lunch provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Hospitality students at local universities will be honored with a salute on Thursday, May 10 during a reception at Sunset Station from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Area high school hospitality and culinary arts
students celebrate National Tourism Week by preparing a variety of dishes. Tourism Council and industry members are invited to this free event. Closing out the week is the Amazing Preservation Race at HemisFair sponsored by the Office of Historic Preservation. Teams of four adventurous adults will have two hours to solve riddles and participate in an architectural scavenger hunt throughout various locations downtown. For more information about all of the events taking place during Travel and
Tourism Week, please visit www.visitsanantonio.com.