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Texas Travel Industry Update - Life's Better in a State of Travel
November 9, 2016
In This Issue
TTIA Discount Park Tickets
TravelPAC - Donate Now!
Public Policy Forum
Unity Dinner & Converge
Leadership Development Committee
Membership Changes
Member News
TTIA Premier Members

TTIA Discount Park Tickets
Partners in The Park Holiday 2016
Start Planning Your Holiday Visits to Texas Parks & Attractions!

Get your discount tickets today!
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Space Center Houston
  • Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
  • Ripley's Combo Tickets
  • Mirror Maze & The Vault
AND, remember,  EVERYONE who is employed by your organization is eligible for these discounts!  
Click HERE to purchase tickets! 

Upcoming Events
December 7, 2016
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.

Prepare for the Upcoming Legislative Session
Policy Forum
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Hyatt Lost Pines Resort
Join us for a must-attend half-day forum where you  will hear from legislators and political analysts about the upcoming session. Confirmed speakers thus far include Representative Todd Hunter, Representative Dan Huberty, Senator Kelly Hancock, and Erik Hansen of the U.S. Travel Association. Topics will include business and commerce, urban affairs, Major Events Trust Fund, school start date, an overview of the 2017 legislative session, and more. 

$150 - 1st attendee from an organization
$105 - each additional attendee from same organization
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
Lost Pines, Texas,  78612
TTIA Rate: $149/night (single/double) + discounted $5/night resort fee
Deadline to make reservations: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (unless block is sold out prior to this date)

This is a great opportunity to bring along some of the newer professionals in your office to educate them about the issues that are crucial to the success of the travel industry.

Mark Your Calendar for TTIA's Premier Advocacy Events

Unity Dinner

Converge 2017

Mark your calendars for TTIA's premier advocacy events, Unity Dinner and Converge on the Capitol, in Austin February 15 & 16. 
This is the Texas travel industry's opportunity to join forces and collectively tell our elected officials why travel matters to our state's budget and speak to them about issues important to the success of our industry.  More details coming soon. 

Support TTIA's advocacy and educational efforts by donating to the Unity Dinner Silent Auction Fundraiser.  

A room block is available at the  Hilton Austin Hotel 500 E. 4th St.  TTIA Rate:  $249/night plus taxes and parking (35% discount on self parking)
Cut-off Deadline:  January 23, 2017 (unless block is sold out prior to this date)

Leadership Development Committee

The Young Professionals Committee is in the process of transitioning into a more focused, engaged and inclusive group by becoming the Leadership Development Committee chaired by the 2016 Rising Star Award Winner Thomas Wilhelm and Executive Committee and Board Member John Osborne, CEO of Visit Lubbock. The new Leadership Development Committee will focus on 5 areas including:
  1. An all new Mentorship Program
  2. Education Programming
  3. Networking Opportunities
  4. Event Volunteer Program 
  5. Idea Sharing Social Media component. 

Look for a call for Mentorship Program Applications and other program updates very soon.

TTIA Membership Changes
At Summit, the  TTIA Board of Directors approved membership payment terms and pricing changes for 2017:
  • 2017 TTIA membership payments will be due by January 31, 2017
  • A 3% annual price increase will take affect on February 1, 2017, therefore if members pay on-time they will not incur the 2017 price increase
  • All members who become 60 days past due will be removed from TTIA's membership list and communications
  • Premier and Prime Plus members will now be identified in three categories Gold, Silver and Bronze
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze members will be able to bundle their dues with other TTIA activities (Event registrations, sponsorships, etc.) into one annual payment which will also allow them to lock in their membership rate for 2 years
Please call Dan Decker or Jennifer Baker for more information: (512) 328-8842.
Member News
  • In case you missed the Texas Travel Summit, check out the award videos online. Congratulations to our 2016 award recipients: Landry's, Inc., Nanci Liles, Ann Bracher Vaughan, and Thomas Wilhelm!
  • You're Invited: Free Birding On The Boardwalk in Port Aransas: Weekly guided birding tours are offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. Find out more
  • The San Antonio City Council on has approved a new management agreement that essentially transitions the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau to a new public-private 501(c)(6) nonprofit called Visit San Antonio.  Read more.
  • Destination El Paso has announced a new event: WinterFest, December 3 - January 8. The festivities will include an ice skating rink in downtown El Paso! Read more.
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.
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