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Texas Travel Industry Update - Life's Better in a State of Travel
May 8, 2014
In This Issue
TTIA Joins Move Texas Forward Initiative
Travel & Tourism College Hotel Block Almost Sold Out
Donate to TravelPAC Today!
TTIA Members: Does Every Member of Your Team Have a Profile on
Member News
Are You Ready For Summer Fun at a Discount Price?
PITP 2012
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Schlitterbahn Waterparks in New Braunfels & South Padre Island
  • Splashtown San Antonio
  • Wet 'N Wild Splashtown Houston
AND, remember, EVERYONE who is employed by your organization is eligible for these discounts!  

Click HERE to purchase tickets! 

Please Post This Flyer Where Co-Workers & Employees Can See It! 
Upcoming Events
May 3-11, 2014
National Travel & Tourism Week

June 16-20, 2014
September 28-October 1, 2014
TTIA's Public Policy Forum - Austin Texas

June 21-26, 2015
Travel & Tourism College - Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort 

Important 2014 Election Dates

Please make note of the following dates of importance:

May 19-23, 2014                     

Early Voting for Run Off


May 27, 2014  

Primary Runoff


Oct 26-31, 2014

Early Voting for General Election


November 4, 2014                  

General Election


TTIA Joins Move Texas Forward Initiative
The travel industry in Texas is affected by the state of our transportation infrastructure. Economic growth is good for our families, our communities and our state. But growth also strains our roads and other critical infrastructure as millions of visitors travel to Texas annually and more than 1,000 people move here each day. Without the proper investment, gridlock and roadway safety will worsen and our economy and quality of life will suffer.

Because transportation issues affect every one of our members, TTIA is supporting the Move Texas Forward initative. Move Texas Forward is committed to improving Texas' transportation infrastructure and keeping our roads capable of supporting our prosperous state.
Over the course of the next year, Move Texas Forward will advocate for the passage of a ballot measure in November 2014, that if passed by voters, will add $1.4 billion annually to road funding in Texas - without new tax revenue, without new debt and without new fees.  
TTIA joins other statewide associations and organizations partnering with Move Texas Forward, including the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Economic Development Council, the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the Greater Irving Los Colinas Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Advocacy Group - Houston Region.
For more information on Move Texas Forward, click here.

Travel & Tourism College Hotel Block Almost Sold Out

June 16-20, 2014

If you are planning to attend TTIA's Travel & Tourism College and you have not yet registered or booked your hotel room, please be aware that the hotel room block at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort is almost sold out.

If you are planning to attend and are willing to share a room, please make sure to select that option on your registration form.  The cut off date for booking a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is May 23rd. If you have trouble booking a hotel room, please contact Diann Bayes at 512-328-8842 or via email at
Register Now to attend this essential educational opportunity for our industry! 
Registration Rates

$875 - Regular rate 

$975 - Regular rate - Non-member 

Alumni Rate - Alumni Classes are held on Thursday, June 19th.



Full tuition rate includes course materials and most meals. Hotel rates are in addition to tuition.  


Now in its 5th year, and with two graduating classes, Travel & Tourism College ranks as an essential educational opportunity for our industry.  From seasoned executives, managers and owners to those new to the industry, everyone comes away with valuable, usable, up-to-date information on the best practices, tactics and tools available to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and success of their organizations. 


Donate to TravelPAC Today!
TTIA created the TravelPAC to provide TTIA members with an additional tool in our efforts to support those elected officials who have shown interest and support for the Texas travel and tourism industry.


We need everyone's active and committed involvement in TTIA's advocacy efforts and we need your support of the TravelPAC


Donate Personal Funds to the 
TravelPAC Today!  
TTIA Members: Does Every Member of Your Team Have a Profile on
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TTIA's website,, offers our members a variety of "Member's Only" content - from our Advocacy Agenda to our Membership Directory.  To access this Member's Only content, members must log in to the website.

Did you know that every staff member of a TTIA member organization is considered a member of TTIA? And every one of them is eligible for a profile on our website?

What does having a profile mean?  
  • Member's with profiles have access to Member's Only content and will receive Member's Only communications from TTIA.
  • Networking and establishing relationships with others in the industry is as easy as a directory search.
  • When a member logs in and registers for an event, the system will pre-populate many of the fields with that member's data.
Recently Margo Richards, Director,Travel Division, TxDOT had her entire staff create profiles on Here's what she had to say:
"Everything we do within our division touches the travel and tourism industry.  Therefore, having profiles on will allow division staff (all 98) the opportunity for professional development and support from TTIA - which not only will benefit them professionally but also creates long lasting relationships with their industry peers."

So, how does someone get a profile on Here are the steps:
  1. Visit
  2. Click Register from the upper right hand side of the homepage
  3. Select TTIA Member and click Continue
  4. Select a Username (your email is best) and the Category that best describes your organization, click Continue
  5. Fill out the rest of the requested data
  6. Click Submit
TTIA will approve the profile as quickly as possible.

If you have questions about registering for a profile on TTIA's website, please contact Janice Langlinais at
Member News
  • Galveston Island CVB reports that Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a third cruise ship, the Carnival Freedom, will depart from the Port of Galveston, sailing year-round, beginning in February 2015. 
  • If your organization has news to share - awards, staff changes, special offers, hosting a big industry event, etc, send the information to Janice Langlinais at and we'll try to include it in an upcoming newsletter.


TTIA Premier Members

Chair's Circle Members

Board Circle Members

President's Circle Members

American Airlines 

Dallas Cowboys Football Club & AT&T Stadium

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Landry's Inc. 

Madden Media 

Schlitterbahn Waterparks 

Aglet Media
Experience Arlington 

Grapevine CVB 

Greater Houston CVB

Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce

Phillips Entertainment, Inc.

San Antonio CVB

Southwest Airlines 

Traders Village 



The Atkins Group

Austin Convention Center

Texas Rangers Baseball Club


Lonestar Members

Best Western International

First Class Tours

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

Natural Bridge Caverns

Premium Outlets/ SIMON 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Over Texas/Hurricane Harbor

Space Center Houston

Splashtown Houston







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