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Texas Travel Industry Update - Life's Better in a State of Travel
January 12, 2017
In This Issue
TTIA Discount Park Tickets
TravelPAC - Donate Now!
Job Openings
Unity Dinner & Converge
Impact of Texas Travel & Tourism
Travel & Tourism College
Membership Payment Due Jan. 31
Member News
New Members
TTIA Premier Members

TTIA Discount Park Tickets
Get your discounted Texas attraction tickets today!
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • 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
February 15-16, 2017
National Travel & Tourism Week

June 26-30, 2017

October 2-4, 2017
Texas Travel Summit, Arlington, TX
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. 

Mark Your Calendar for TTIA's Premier Advocacy Events

Unity Dinner

Converge 2017
Join us February 15 & 16 

Join us at the Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner on February 15 as we share, celebrate and reinforce our unity as a decisive strength of our industry with our state and local policy makers. At this important industry event we will reinforce how together  we have made  Life Better in a State of Travel .

Stay for Converge on the Capitol (free) the next day and be among the hundreds of Texas travel industry representatives to send a powerful message to our legislators that the travel industry in Texas is important to the state's economy. Your visits with your legislators and their staff lets them see the faces and hear the priorities of the travel industry from industry professionals and constituents firsthand - a critical component in our ability to be successful at the Capitol. Your legislators want and need to hear from you, and the Converge is the perfect way to make your voice heard.

to show your support for unity in Texas!

Support TTIA's advocacy and education efforts by donating to the Unity Dinner Silent Auction Fundraiser. Deadline for inclusion in auction catalog is January 18.

Here's a template of an invite letter  to edit and send to your elected officials, board members, stakeholders and others.
The Impact of Texas Travel and Tourism

" We estimate that direct travel spending in Texas totals $72.0 billion per year (based on levels of activity in 2016), translating to over $197 million spent every day in the state. In addition, the travel and tourism industry directly supports 688,000 jobs. That equates to roughly 1 in 20 Texas non-agricultural jobs directly supported by travel spending." 

Continue reading Dr. M. Ray Perryman's article, "The Impact of Texas Travel and Tourism," published December 19, 2016.
Travel & Tourism College
June 26-30, 2017
Registration now live!

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)

Reminder: 2017 TTIA Membership Payment Due Jan. 31
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. If you pay by January 31, your dues amount will stay the same.
  • A 3% annual price increase will take effect on February 1, 2017. If you pay after that date, we will send you a new invoice with a 3% adjustment.  
  • If you paid in October or November your dues have been prorated to reflect that payment. 
  • All members who become 60 days past due will be removed from TTIA's membership list and communications.
  • If you have not paid by April 1 your membership will be cancelled.
  • 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 you to lock in your membership rate for two years.
If you did not receive your invoice in the mail, please contact Jennifer Baker at and she will send you a copy. 
Member News
  • Congratulations to the Lubbock Sports Team for being recognized as a 2016 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management Magazine and for receiving their third Readers' Choice Award from SportsEvents Media Group.
  • Congratulations to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau for receiving the J.D. Power and Associates 2016 Destination Experience Award. Dallas and San Antonio ranked #2 and #3 in the Southwest Region. 
  • Congratulations to Fran Stephenson and her PR firm Step In Communication for being named San Antonio's designated PR team for agencies and organizations across the country by PR Consultants Group, a national network of nearly 50 public relations consultants. 
  • Congratulations to Blaire Zahn, Visit Plano's new Convention Services Coordinator. Zahn's extensive experience in the tourism industry includes serving as the Mineral Wells CVB Tourism Director and positions with The Fairmont Dallas, Banana Azul Hotel, the Carolina Renaissance Festival, Visit Southlake and Sustainable Travel International.   
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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