NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Braunfels is ready for the summer vacation season with Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher, president and CEO of the Texas Rangers and formerly a Texas Parks & Wildlife Commissioner, saying "pitch in" to help preserve the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. The city also announced a new QR-launched Cultural Heritage Tour available this week.
"The Nolan Ryan PSAs are running to help us deliver the new environmental stewardship message to help keep our rivers clean and healthy this vacation season," said Judy Young, Director, New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau. "His commitment to the natural environment of Texas is a perfect fit and helps us communicate the heart of this campaign – save Texas rivers for future generations to enjoy during summer vacations as we have for decades."
Modeled after the "Don't Mess with Texas" highway litter prevention program, the new campaign focuses on the power of people to make positive changes to protect Texas rivers.
The new QR-launched Cultural Heritage Tour, "Footprints in Time" now available for smart phones allows visitors to scan QR codes at downtown historical locations for video background and history tours. More than 30 video tours are available featuring historical homes, businesses and culturally significant places with more planned. To see the tours online, go to www.vimeo.com and search for "New Braunfels Historic Tour."
To prepare for the summer vacation season, the city added more trash containers, recycling stations, more park rangers, and more signage to help visitors keep disposable litter out of the rivers and encourage the use of non-disposable containers via a new website: www.watertherules.com. The website provides comprehensive information on what is allowed and disallowed on the rivers. There is also a Questions form so if the answer is not on the site, questions can be submitted and then once answered, added to the FAQ section. The website includes maps and other useful information for enjoying the Comal and Guadalupe rivers this summer vacation.
"We want to provide a great summer vacation experience when you visit us," said Young. "The new Cultural Heritage Tour provides an easy way to learn about some of the history that makes our city so special and our focus on environmental stewardship will help preserve the water recreation attractions that everybody has enjoyed during their summer vacation for decades."
Texans consistently rank the area as one of their favorite vacation destinations because of the variety of summer vacation activities. Young says the area offers a great value for families looking for an economical, affordable getaway for summer vacations or year around.
More than a million people vacation in the area every summer enjoying skiing and wakeboarding at the Texas Ski Ranch, live music venues like Whitewater Music Amphitheater and Gruene Hall, the city's historic downtown, adventure at Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Ranch, the Texas Hill Country wineries and the local culture, festivals and special event attractions.
The New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau website provides information on all the area attractions and services available for year-around vacations at www.nbjumpin.com
SOURCE New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau