Chamber looks to promote Texas Tourism Week with featured attractions

Statistics reported by the State Tourism Industry boast that Texas recorded historic numbers of leisure travelers in 2004 and the growth continued into 2005 with 203 million travelers visiting our great state. Of those leisure travels 56 percent are from within the state. “As we celebrate National and State Tourism Week, May 12-20, let’s remember the significance those travelers can have on our area, and let’s remember what makes McCulloch County worth traveling to see,” said Christi Mays. “Beginning Monday, May 14, we will highlight Brady attraction each day of the week with daily press releases fun trivia questions and daily open houses.” Brady Lake Store will host the first open house on Monday, and then the McCulloch County Historical Museum will open its doors on Tuesday. “Wednesday is the Municipal Golf Courses’ putt, and the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will host its open house on Thursday,” Mrs. Mays added. “The week wraps up with a variety of shopping specials from our fabulous retailers. All open houses are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.” More Tourism Facts Direct travel spending in Texas reached $44.4 billion in 2004, which was an all-time high. For fiscal year 2005, Texas gained $29.89 for every state dollar invested in tourism promotion and development. Also, according to the Governor Economic Development & Tourism office, rural Texas ranked third in the top 10 leisure destinations behind Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. “Please make plans to participate in Tourism Week,” said Mrs. Mays. “Listen for the daily press releases for fun tid-bit facts on Texas tourism and McCulloch County tourism on KNEL. Then keep an eye out for the travel word search in Tuesday’s edition of the Brady Standard-Herald. “Next, please stop by the participating tourism attractions’ open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18. Let’s show the rest of Texas why McCulloch County is the ‘true’ Heart of Texas and make the most of those 203 million leisure travelers.”

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