The Texas Explorer
Your Travel & Tourism Industry Update
September 27, 2011
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Texas Travel Industry Association
3345 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 102A
Austin, Texas 78746
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TTIA congratulates all the Award Winners announced at this year's Texas Travel Summit in San Antonio:

Tall in Texas AwardPaul W "PW" McCallum, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lifetime Achievement AwardPaul L. Serff, Texas Travel Industry Association

Rising Star Awards - Shanna Smith-Snyder, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau and Richard See III, The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

We also congratulate prize winners:

Early Bird Registration Winner - Kathleen Stanfill, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

QR Scavenger Hunt Winners:
  • Most Creative Username - Mary Turner with the Texas Forest Trail Region (Piney Woods Battle Ax)
  • Most Check-Ins - Charlotte Wattigny with the San Marcos CVB
  • Grand Prize Winner - Brad Patterson with Texas Historical Commission
We thank Walking Papers and Close Reach Communications for their expertise in making the QR Scavenger Hunt run so smoothly!

ALSO - Conference Program Materials from some of the sessions are now available on our website. Click here for more information!

We'll include a Summit Wrap Up Report in the Next TTIA Explorer Newsletter.
Take the Summit Survey
Attendees and Exhibitors at this year's Texas Travel Summit will soon receive an online survey to gauge the effectiveness of sessions, speakers, and networking activities during Summit.
If you attended Summit, please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions when the invitation arrives in your inbox.
Your input is greatly appreciated and will help us plan the 2012 Texas Travel Summit!
Sign Your Foursome Up
Golf Tournament set for October 21

Brush Up On Your Chip Shots, Polish Your Clubs, Grab Your Foursome, & Register Now!


It's Tee Time for TTIA! Join us in Fort Worth on October 21st for the 3rd Annual American Airlines Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the educational programs and scholarships of TTIA and the Texas Tourism Foundation.

The golf tournament will be held at Waterchase Golf Club. The shotgun start will be at 1:00pm.

The cost to participate in the tournament is as follows:


TTIA Members - $400 for a foursome      

                       $100 for an individual


Non-Members - $500 for a foursome

                       $125 for an individual


Donations are welcomed and all proceeds will go to the Texas Tourism Foundation, which supports college scholarships and other educational programs.
Showcase your destination or services as a sponsor. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.


For questions about the tournament, prize donations, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Roush, TTIA Director of Events, at 512-328-8842 or 

Welcome Student Members
TTIA welcomes our new Student Members. 
Students who attended TTIA's Texas Travel Summit receive a one-year student membership in TTIA.  Benefits include the student one-day rate at Summit, TTIA's e-newsletter, resume posting and job search access on TTIA's website, and professional development opportunities. Students must be enrolled in a Texas institution of higher education to be eligible.


2011-2012 Student Members:
 Stephen F. Austin State University

Becca DeLara

Abby Jeagle

Landon Headrick

Cordero Chaivira

Monique Woodward


Austin Community College

Stephanie Warthen

Lindsi Cartmell

Kristin Castillo


Lon Morris College 

Josi Moore

Member News


  • TEXAS Musical Makes Top 100 List by American Bus Association




Madden Media

San Antonio CVB

Austin CVB

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

SeaWorld San Antonio



Meredith Travel Marketing

Marriott Rivercenter

The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

Don Strange of Texas, Inc.



Bibisi Marketing Technologies

 Texas Monthly  

American Express  

Southern Living


  New Braunfels CVB

Orbitz Worldwide





Southwest Airlines

 Corpus Christi CVB


Colour Solutions
 Natural Bridge Caverns 

San Marcos CVB

Odessa CVB


 AAA Texas Journey Magazine

 AAA Home & Away Magazine

 AAA Southern Traveler Magazine

 AAA Living Magazine

 AAA New Mexico Journey Magazine

 AAA Journeys Magazine 

Traders Village

Beaumont CVB



Austin American-Statesman

Dallas Morning News

Houston Chronicle

San Antonio Express-News

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Certified Folder Display

  Walking Papers 

  Village of Salado

Belton Area Chamber of Commerce

First Class Tours

Phillips Entertainment  




Visit Lubbock

Visit Addison

San Antonio Spurs

El Paso CVB 


Convention South

Coach America