The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
March 1, 2011
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Successful Unity Dinner!

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Thank You For A Successful Unity Dinner & Converge - A Message from David Teel 


A Few Other Matters: 

Thank you for bidding on the Silent Auction items. If you were unable to pick up the silent auction item(s) that you successfully bid upon, we will be contacting you soon to discuss payment and shipping options. 


The great Travel Matters videos presented during Unity Dinner are now available on our YouTube Channel. Thanks to all the communities and tourism entities who submitted videos.  We are still accepting Travel Matters videos for posting on YouTube.  Please note that our YouTube channel is public and all videos posted to date can be seen by anyone. See the criteria for video submissions here.


Does your organization or community have its day at the Capitol coming up? Let us know.  We have 7:1 Travel Matters buttons available and we will be happy to share those with your delegation. Give us at least a week's notice so we can get the buttons to you in advance of your visit to the Capitol.  



Partners In The Park 2011 Tickets Available Beginning Friday!
Order Online Beginning Friday Evening, March 4

Beginning this Friday evening, TTIA Members may purchase specially discounted tickets for the 2011 season at some of our favorite attractions!  Participating this year:
SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SpaceCenter Houston, and Natural Bridge Caverns.

Visit beginning Friday evening to take advantage of these great ticket prices.  Note: orders will be fulfilled beginning Monday, March 7, 2011.  As other attractions are added, we will let you know!


Texas Travel Fair

Arlington, TX

Register Now!

April 27-28 
The TTIA Texas Travel Fair, an annual trade show for TTIA members only, is held as part of the Texas Travel Counselors Conference. The travel counselors who attend this event work at TxDOT Travel Information Centers, AAA offices, Visitor Centers, Texas Parks and Wildlife offices, and Texas Highways magazine. These professionals give guidance to more than four million Texas travelers each year.

As part of the training for travel counselors, TTIA members are invited to discuss their destinations, attractions or events during the conference and at the Texas Travel Fair. Registration includes activities designed to put you face-to-face with travel counselors during workshops, the trade show and informal settings.

For more information, contact Jennifer Roush


Travel & Tourism College Accepting Year 1 & 2 Applications Now!
Register Here

June 12-17 

Tourism professionals from across the Southwest convene for one week for TTIA's Travel & Tourism College on the campus of Texas State University for an intensive curriculum of tourism marketing courses. This is designed as a 3-year program, with graduates attaining a certification as Certified Tourism Executives (CTE).  


Our professors are experienced industry professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom from emotional branding to marketing on a shoestring budget to the guest service paradigms. The schedule is packed from start to finish with classes, discussion groups and networking events.


For more information, visit



U.S. Travel Association International Pow Wow

May 21-25, 2011

The U.S. Travel Association asked us to remind our members that Pow Wow is coming up and there are still some booth spaces available.  Please click here for more information.





April 27-28, 2011
Texas Travel Fair
Arlington, TX

May 7-15, 2011
Travel & Tourism Week

June 12-17, 2011

Travel & Tourism College
San Marcos, TX

September 18-21, 2011 Texas Travel Summit

San Antonio, TX




American Airlines

Dallas Cowboys Football Club

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

SeaWorld San Antonio



Traders Village

Schlitterbahn Waterparks



Phillips Entertainment, Inc.