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Texas Travel Industry Update - Life's Better in a State of Travel
April 13, 2017
In This Issue
TTIA Discount Park Tickets
TravelPAC - Donate Now!
Job Openings
New Members
Travel & Tourism College
DMO Empowered 2.0
President's Update
Travel & Tourism Week
Member News
TTIA Premier Members

TTIA Discount Park Tickets
Get your discounted Texas attraction tickets today!
Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
  • Extreme Escape
  • Guinness Records/Haunted Adventure/Tomb Rider
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Mirror Maze/Vault Combo
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Schlitterbahn Waterparks
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Six Flags Over Texas
AND, remember,  EVERYONE who is employed by your organization is eligible for these discounts!  
Click HERE to purchase tickets! 

Upcoming Events
May 7-13, 2017
TravelPAC - Donate Now!

Do your fair share to support our advocacy efforts that help protect our industry and your livelihood

Join us in our "$20 by 12" campaign. It's easy and makes a BIG difference.

Job Openings 
The Travel Industry Career Center is a great place to find potential candidates, post your openings, search openings and subscribe to new posting notifications. TTIA Members may post an unlimited number of job listings at no charge. 

New Members
Help us welcome these new TTIA members!

American Road Magazine
GDC Marketing and Ideation
Pamela Miller
Ann Vaughan Price
Round Rock CVB
Travel & Tourism College
June 26-30, 2017
Take the next step in your career 
and earn your CTE certification!

Travel and tourism professionals from across the West and Southwest U.S. convene for one week each summer for an intensive curriculum of travel and tourism marketing, management and leadership courses. This is designed as a 3-year certification program. 

Upon successful completion of the 3-year program and a capstone project, graduates will receive the designation of  "CERTIFIED TOURISM EXECUTIVE" (CTE)

DMO Empowered 2.0
DMO Empowered 2.0
May 16-18, 2017

Check out this new program 
that takes things to the next level!

DMO Empowered 2.0 is TTIA's brand-new program designed specifically for DMO executives that will provide the DMO executive with the necessary tools essential to continually develop and improve their existing, or new advocacy plan and to learn new methods of implementation. In today's world, a successful local advocacy plan is a must. This is a continuation of the original DMO Empowered program and is perfect for new and former program participants .

President's Update

After more than 15 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives passed their version of the two-year, $218 billion state budget early Friday morning; the final vote was 131-16.  TTIA was successful in fending off a $17 million raid of the governor's tourism division by sharing with the amendment's author, the tax code requirement that all funds dedicated to this account may only lawfully be spent on "media advertising and other marketing activities of the Tourism Division." 

However, the House approved transferring $500,000 from the governor's tourism division for the Department of State Health Commission for Infectious Disease Prevention (Zika virus) programs with a vote of 123 Yeas and 16 Nays despite the tax code requirement.To see how your Representative voted on this amendment, see RECORD VOTE, AMENDMENT #32.

TTIA understands the importance of educating local stakeholders and residents on the positive impact travel has on the economy. We have a new study by leading economist Dr. Ray Perryman titled "The Impact of Travel and Tourism on Texas Property Tax Revenues" available for purchase. For more information, give us a call at 512-328-8842.

I encourage you to read and share a recent article the Houston Business Journal published. There's some powerful information in it on travel impacts and references Dr. Perryman's report. 

Homero Lucero, on behalf of TTIA and the Texas Commercial Airports Association, attended a White House meeting coordinated by U.S. Travel. The meeting with John Zadrozny, White House Domestic Policy Council for Homeland Security, included representatives from Marriot, Wyndham Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, the Metro Washington Airports Authority and Sabre Technology.
The topics discussed included the critical role of foreign travelers on the economic development of the U.S. and Texas travel and tourism industry, the visa waiver program, enhanced vetting requirements for foreign visitors from certain countries, enhanced security measures at U.S. airports, FAA reauthorization, privatization of security screening, airport enhancements as part of federal infrastructure spending plan, efficiency of customs/screening process for incoming foreign travelers and security measures at large crowd events.
The White House committed to working with all parties moving forward recognizing the U.S. and Texas travel and tourism industry as keys to continued economic development and job growth.

Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting the 6 percent state hotel occupancy tax May 1. Airbnb spokeswoman Laura Spanjian told San Antonio Express-News, "These agreements are a meaningful revenue boost for communities and we hope to reach similar agreements with cities around Texas soon." Read the full San Antonio Express-News article here.

- David Teel, TTIA President and CEO

Travel & Tourism Week
Travel & Tourism Week
Did you know 
1 in 10 Texas jobs are supported by travel?

Did you know 
Travel generates more than $6 billion in state & local tax revenues in Texas?

Join us in celebrating Travel & Tourism Week in Texas. This year, the focus is on the "Faces of Travel."  Share your stories of the dynamic, hardworking, creative people behind your community's travel sector.

What does your Community have planned for Travel & Tourism Week?
Share the plans your community has for Travel & Tourism Week. Send the following information to us at
Please include the following in one paragraph:
·     Location:  City & Place
·     Event Name & Description
·     Event Date(s)
·     Event Time (s)
·     Contact info:  website/email/contact name
·     Please list the event description in 150 words or less
We will use this information in social media posts and a compilation press release which will be sent statewide.

Hashtags: #lifesbetter , #nttw17 and #facesoftravel
Member News
  • Congratulations to Diann Bayes, named Vice President of the San Angelo CVB.
  • Congratulations to Casandra Matej, President & CEO of Visit San Antonio, named Treasurer of the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors.
  • Congratulations to Shane Sorenson of the Plano CVB for receiving his CTE certification.
  • Congratulations to Jeanette Teague, named Assistant Director of the Boerne CVB.
  • Congratulations to Tim Morrow, named Chairman of the San Antonio Tourism Council
  • We wish Michael Wampler, former Marketing Manager of Space Center Houston, all the best as he has accepted the position of Director of Marketing at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Congratulations to the South Padre Island CVB and their agency, The Atkins Group, for winning 10 ADDY Awards at the San Antonio chapter of the American Advertising Federation Awards. 
  • Congratulations to Visit Lubbock's Lisa Branson's promotion from sales and servicing coordinator to sales manager.
If your organization has news to share  - awards, staff changes, hosting a big industry event, etc, send the information to TTIA Communications via and we'll try to include it in an upcoming newsletter or post on social media.
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