AUSTIN, Texas, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas First Lady Anita Perry will speak at a Travel Rally on May 10 on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol, where she will be joined by Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.; Bob Lander, President and CEO of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau; Bob Phillips, host of Texas Country Reporter, and local and statewide representatives of the Texas travel industry to discuss the important impact of travel and tourism on our economy. May 10 marks U.S. Travel Rally Day, in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, and will feature celebrations throughout the state and nation.
"The Texas travel industry is of vital importance to our state's economy," said Julie Chase, Tourism Director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism. "Preliminary estimates show that travel spending increased by 9.8% to reach $57.5 billion in 2010. Travel spending supported 531,000 jobs in Texas with earnings of $16.7 billion and generated more than $3.8 billion in state and local taxes."
The rally will also feature entertainment by the Marshall Ford Swing Band and world champion trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick of Bandera. Looney Tunes characters from Six Flags Fiesta Texas and a Shamu costumed character from SeaWorld San Antonio will join the rally along with other tourism attraction representatives from around Texas.
U.S. Travel Rally Day promotes travel and acknowledges its important economic impact on communities. The first U.S. Travel Rally Day occurred in May 2009, and is part of National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984.
For more details on Travel and Tourism Week activities happening around the state and on the important economic impact of travel in Texas, please visit http://www.travel.state.tx.us. For more information about travel experiences in Texas, visit http://www.traveltex.com and find Texas Tourism on Twitter (@texastourism) and Facebook.
SOURCE Texas Tourism