The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
April 20, 2011
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Austin, Texas 78746

Travel & Tourism College

Early Bird Deadline EXTENDED! - Now Friday, April 29 - Save $100!

Join us for Travel & Tourism College in San Marcos this summer.  The Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended through Friday, April 29. 
  • $850  - Earlybird rate (on or before 4/29/11)     
  • $950  - Regular rate (after 4/29/11)

Updated Information has been added to the TTIA Web site, including speaker Bios, expanded class descriptions, and more. 


Click here for more information about Travel & Tourism College or contact Jennifer Roush.






SeaWorld San Antonio

Madden Media

San Marcos CVB

American Airlines

Avis Car Rental

Budget Rent-A-Car

Kyle Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau  



Partners In The Park


Last week we announced the Members Only availability of Schlitterbahn tickets!

NEW This Week for Members Only:  

Texas State Railroad!

We have received a limited supply of VIP Passes for the Texas State Railroad. These tickets are not available on our website.   


These VIP Tickets are good for any excursion in the Premium Lonestar Class Car (excludes special events, lunch not included), and includes:

  • Personal Car Attendant
  • Climate-controlled seating at a linen covered table (tables seat 4)
  • Beverage & Snack Service
  • TSRR Souvenir refillable beverage
  • Passes valid through November 2011 

Texas State Railroad VIP Pass = $41.50 + tax


Members, please email Jennifer Baker to purchase Texas State Railroad and Schlitterbahn tickets!  


Mailing Rates will apply.  

Regular Mail (3-5 bus. days) = $4

Lonestar Overnight = $15.95 + tax

Lonestar Saturday = $26.95 + tax 


TTIA Thanks all the members who have provided discount tickets for this great program. 


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


Congratulation, Mark Thompson 

Named to Destination & Travel Foundation Board

Mark W. Thompson, director of the Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau, was recently appointed to serve on the board of trustees for the Destination & Travel Foundation, formerly the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Foundation.   


The Destination & Travel Foundation is a complementary organization to both DMAI and the U.S. Travel Association with a goal to prepare the travel industry to deal with the rapidly changing business environment. The organization continues to tackle the most pressing issues of the day and the vexing problems ahead by bringing together industry leaders and experts in various fields to determine innovative and creative strategies.  


Congratulations, Mark, on the appointment to this very important industry board. 


April 27-28, 2011

Texas Travel Fair

Arlington, TX

May 7-15, 2011

Travel & Tourism Week

May 10, 2011 - 11:00 am

Texas Travel Rally Day at the Capitol 

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

We Want to Hear from You!

We are asking our members for input on subjects/topics and speakers for the remaining educational offerings in 2011.

Please take our

Very Quick Survey  

Travel Fair  

Full House 


More than 88

Travel Counselors are scheduled to attend!

We will have 98 booths and 120 member organizations at this yearsTexas Travel Fair

in Arlington!





American Airlines

Dallas Cowboys Football Club

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

SeaWorld San Antonio


Schlitterbahn Waterparks

Traders Village 


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