Texas Tourism Adds Mobile Site, Increases Web Tools at TravelTex.com

New Resources Help Travelers Plan Spring/Summer Vacations in the Lone Star State

Feb 15, 2011, 12:59 ET from Texas Tourism

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TravelTex.com, the official travel website for the State of Texas, has added a convenient new mobile site, http://m.traveltex.com, that allows users to take Texas on the road with a hand-held all-inclusive resource of Texas travel tools. This mobile site features information on more than 400 cities, thousands of attractions and events and more options to assist travelers in vacation planning.

"As spring break and summer vacation rapidly approach, we encourage consumers planning a trip to visit TravelTex.com to learn more about the exciting vacation opportunities in Texas," said Julie Chase, Director of Tourism, Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division.

The new mobile website provides access to Trip Planner, the site's interactive planning tool, which allows consumers to plan their next Texas vacation and share their itineraries with friends and family, complete with Google maps and directions. The mobile site also features a "Near Me" GPS locator that highlights attractions and events within close proximity of the user. A search function allows users to easily find categorized attractions and events, and users can also explore Texas from their mobile device via free podcast walking tours and Texas videos. Finally, to further assist with the travel planning process, users can order the free Texas State Travel Guide through the mobile site.

In addition to the mobile site, new dedicated landing pages on TravelTex.com highlight timely Texas happenings, including special events throughout the winter season (http://www.traveltex.com/things-to-do/events/family), celebrations of the 175th anniversary of Texas Independence (http://www.traveltex.com/plan-your-trip/anniversary), and tips for planning the ultimate getaway in several charming South Texas cities (http://www.traveltex.com/plan-your-trip/goexploring). And don't miss the 20 documentary-style Texas videos featured on the site that offer a sneak preview of local hot spots and lesser-known travel experiences found throughout the Lone Star State.

From arts and culture and family fun, to outdoor adventure and delicious cuisine, Texas truly caters to every kind of traveler.  For additional information and offerings, find us on Twitter (@texastourism) and Facebook.

About Tourism in Texas

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Texas, supporting 525,700 jobs across the state.  In 2009, travelers spent an estimated $51.8 billion in Texas.  Travel expenditures generated $2.7 billion in state taxes and $943 million in local taxes.  For more information on Texas travel events and vacation destinations, visit TravelTex.com or for a free Travel Guide call 1-800-8888-TEX.

SOURCE Texas Tourism