The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
March 15, 2011
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Austin, Texas 78746
Tourism is Part of the Budget Solution
New Talking Points Available  

We encourage you to contact your State Representative and Senator Today with the updated talking points found on our Home page.

Our state legislators are inundated daily with information from countless groups seeking funding during this difficult legislative session.  We must remind our elected representatives in Austin - often & regularly - that Tourism is Part of the Budget Solution!

Visit TTIA's Advocacy section for more information.


Doris Howdeshell Announces Retirement 

Late last week, Doris Howdeshell announced her retirement from the Texas Dept. of Transportation's Travel Information Services Division effective at the end of April.  In fact, Doris' last day will be the last day of Travel Fair in Arlington.

Doris has been with TxDOT for 32 years!  During that tenure, she has been responsible for the world-famous anti-litter campaign "Don't Mess with Texas" while overseeing 12 Texas Travel Information Centers and the state's travel literature, including Texas Highways magazine.

In 2006, Doris received the Tall in Texas Award from TTIA for her outstanding contributions to the state's tourism industry.

Doris, we wish you a wonderful retirement.   

You deserve only the best!

Travel Rally Day

May 10, 2011 

U.S. Travel Association Encourages Participation through new video.

The U.S. Travel Association wants to ensure that everyone understands the importance of this year's Travel Rally Day.  They have produced a new video encouraging all of us to get involved.

Click here to see the U.S. Travel Association Travel Rally video and watch this space for information on the plans for Texas' Travel Rally Day, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th in Austin.

Congratulations Abilene & Amarillo!

Abilene CVB receives one of 25 Austin American-Statesman Texas Social Media Awards and is in the running for overall winner!
(Read full story)

Amarillo Named a "Best Place to Live in the West" by American Cowboy magazine!
(Read release)

TTIA congratulates Abilene & Amarillo
on these accomplishments!


Golf Tournament to Support "Tag" Taggart Scholarship
April 1, 2011 at the Cowboys Golf Club

Join the Dallas Ft. Worth Area Tourism Council and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) - DFW Chapter for this annual Golf Tournament which supports a scholarship in the name of one of tourism's greatest supporters and a past TTIA Chair, "Tag" Taggart.  For more information, click here.

Partners In The Park Tickets Available Now!

Participating this year (to date): SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Space Center Houston, and Natural Bridge Caverns.

Just added - Splashtown San Antonio!

Visit and click on the Partners In The Park icon to take advantage of these great ticket prices. 

As other attractions are added, we will let you know!


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

May 7-15, 2011
Travel & Tourism Week

June 10, 2011
Postmark deadline for TTF Scholarship Applications

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.



AJR Media Group

Austin Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort

La Torretta de Lago Resort & Spa

Madden Media

Natural Bridge Caverns

San Antonio Zoo

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Over Texas/ Hurricane Harbor

Southwest Airlines

Space Center Houston

Splashtown Houston

Texas State Railroad