The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
July 15, 2011
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Texas Travel Industry Association
3345 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 102A
Austin, Texas 78746

TTIA Rising Star Award

Deadline Extended Through Wednesday, July 20 

Recognize a Rising Star in your organization by nominating them for TTIA's Rising Star Award

A Rising Star is a young professional, 35 and younger, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation early in their career. It is a great way to recognize our young leaders for their achievements and contributions to the travel and tourism industry! 

Along with industry recognition, the winner will be awarded a complimentary registration to the 2012 Travel and Tourism College. The 2011 Rising Star winner will also get the unique opportunity to sit on TTIA's Board of Directors as an Of Counsel* member for the 2012-2013 board cycle.


The winner of the 2011 Rising Star Award will be announced at Travel Summit in San Antonio on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Click here to nominate or download the Nomination Form here.


*Of Council board members are non-voting members of TTIA's Board of Directors.

Legislative Update

Items to be covered during Webinar on July 22nd

TTIA's priorities for the Legislative Session were:
  • Preserve Funding for State Tourism Promotion
  • Oppose Legislation that Targets or Negatively Impacts the Tourism Industry for Taxes, Fees or Unreasonable Regulations
  • Protect the School Start Date Law
  • Preserve Funding for Tourism Programs at THC, TCA, TP&WD, and TxDOT

Find out how we did!  Sign up now for TTIA's Legislative Webinar scheduled for Friday, July 22nd at 10:00 am.  


For those who are unable to make the webinar, we will make a recording of the session available on our website.

Send a Student To Summit

Check the box to donate $60

We invite students from travel & tourism programs at our colleges and universities to attend the Monday programs of Texas Travel Summit at a discounted rate of $60. 

Some students cannot afford the $60 rate.  Through the generosity of our members, we have been able to offer student scholarships to enable those students to attend.  So far this year, Wildcatter Ranch and Phillips Entertainment Inc. have generously donated $60 each so that two students can attend Summit.

It's very easy to Send a Student to Summit!  Just check the box on your Summit Conference Registration Form and we'll add $60 to your total!



July 21, July 28 & August 4

Webinar Series 2


July 22 at 10:00 am

TTIA Legislative Update Webinar


August 17, 24, & 31

Webinar Series 3


September 18-21, 2011  

Texas Travel Summit

San Antonio, TX



Deadline EXTENDED to July 20 for Tall in Texas and Rising Star Award Nominations.   


* Register NOW for TTIA'S Legislative Update Webinar - July 22nd at 10am.



* Register NOW for the Early Bird Rate for

Texas Travel Summit, September 18-21 in San Antonio.



Informational Tidbits





American Airlines

Dallas Cowboys Football Club

Landry's, 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