AUSTIN, Texas, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In what has become a Texas tradition for visitors to the Lone Star State, Texas' annual tax-free weekend is scheduled for August 15-17, 2008. During tax-free weekend, the State of Texas grants shoppers a break from state and local sales tax, allowing lower prices on back-to-school shopping. The savings begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 15, and end at midnight on Sunday, August 17. Savings apply to individual clothing items costing less than $100, including athletic shoes, hiking boots, dresses, shirts, jeans, pajamas, sports jerseys, and school uniforms. Shoppers can save approximately $8 for every $100 spent. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday. "Tax-free weekend is an opportunity for Texans and visitors alike to experience significant savings," said Julie Chase, Chief Marketing Officer, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism. "In addition to the excellent shopping opportunities, travelers can take advantage of the weekend by treating their families to fun-filled activities that our Texas cities offer -- from rivers and dude ranches to theme parks and museums." Attractions and hotels across the state are also offering special deals this summer to help visitors offset the cost of gas. Specials range from free hotel nights to discounts on admissions in such cities as Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information on travel discounts in Texas this summer, visit http://www.TravelTex.com and click on Travel Packages. And for a complete list of tax-free items available during Tax-Free Weekend, August 15-17, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html. About Tourism In Texas Tourism is one of the largest industries in Texas, employing 521,000 Texans. In 2006, travelers spent almost $54 billion in Texas. Travel expenditures generated $2.7 billion in state taxes and $930 million in local taxes. For more information on Texas travel events and vacation destinations, visit http://www.TravelTex.com or for a free Texas State Travel Guide call 1-800-8888-TEX.
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