With summer vacation on the horizon and many people already making travel plans, it’s appropriate that America’s annual salute to the travel and tourism industry will be celebrated May 1-7. Designated as National Travel and Tourism Week, communities across the nation will unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders, media and their local communities with rallies and events. This year’s theme of “Travel ‘16” pays homage to the upcoming 2016 election season.
Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, travel and tourism professionals work throughout the week to promote the positive impacts their destinations and organizations make to the U.S. economy. In Texas alone, direct travel spending was $69 billion in 2015, supported nearly 653,000 jobs, and generated $6.2 billion in state and local tax revenues.
In Southlake, the tourism industry supports 7,543 jobs and over 1,100 businesses. Because of its tremendous impact, the City of Southlake Economic Development and Tourism Department will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week through its own lineup of activities.
“Tourism week in Southlake will be an exciting way to promote Southlake as a destination city. Through our week of events, we also hope to advance the power of tourism and demonstrate the positive economic and social benefits it brings to our community,” remarked Jill Lind, Southlake’s tourism marketing manager.
Tourism week in Southlake will include:
“Southlake is an incredible destination for business and play, and we want people to know that our City is one of the most welcoming and hospitable communities in Texas,” stated Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. “Several fun activities have been planned throughout the week to show our appreciation to all who have an impact on tourism in Southlake and to welcome our visitors. At the end of the day, all of us have an impact on tourism.”
For additional information about Southlake events, attractions and accommodations, go to VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.
Southlake is bringing affordable, quality travel to active seniors in North Texas. An exciting getaway to Branson, Missouri is approaching the Southlake Senior Center. This is a unique trip that you won’t find anywhere else!
Seniors will depart from the Southlake Senior Center on October 3, in a luxury 56- passenger motor coach and head for Branson, Missouri. This trip includes three-nights at the Lodge of the Ozarks in the heart of Branson, one night in Fayetteville, nine meals including four breakfasts, one lunch, four dinners, and many more exciting activities. Activities include admissions to the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Admission to five of Branson’s most spectacular shows, shopping at Branson Landing, and a visit to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Cost per person is $589 and participants must register in pairs due to rooming situations. A $50 deposit is required to hold your reservations. Deposits will be refundable, in full, until September 1 and participants must pay in full by September 1. Additional insurance is available for only $35 to cover trip cancellation, interruption, luggage and medical.
The trip will be fully escorted by a professional, experienced tour escort and all transportation in Branson from your hotel to shows and activities is included.
For more information visit www.southlakeseniorcenter.com
In honor of Southlake Sister Cities’ 10-year anniversary with the city of Tome, Japan, Southlake Mayor Pro Tem Randy Williamson, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe, and Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher traveled to Tome on June 4, 2015 to participate in an official ceremony commemorating the anniversary.
Right behind them, a student delegation from Carroll I.S.D., including Valeria Aceves, Ana Warner, Erica Warner, Austin Hintze, and Evan Young, also traveled to Tome. The students were led by City of Southlake’s Community Services’ Cassie Tucker and her husband Jon-Erik Tucker.
The students departed on Monday, June 8, 2015 for their week long excursion that started with a thirteen hour flight and a two-hour bullet train ride on “Shinkansen,” to Tome City. The student delegation stayed with host families while visiting the city and took multiple guided tours led by Tome Sister Cities coordinator, Seikoh Sasaki. The students met with Tome Mayor Takahisa Fuse and Superintendent of the City Board of Education Nobuo Satoh. “Tome welcomed us and they were very excited to give our students the full Japan experience,” said Cassie Tucker.
Some of the activities include a boat ride down the Kitakami River, visits to several temples including the Kofukuji Temple where they practiced calligraphy, and a visit to Toyosato Junior High where the students acted as judges for English presentations.
The celebration concluded with a party on Friday night hosted by the city of Tome. They enjoyed traditional Japanese drumming along with over 100 citizens of Tome. Mr. Ito, President of Tome’s International Friendship Association, presented the students with small mementos to remember their experience. The whole experience was very exciting for all of the students; they made many friends and memories, while embracing the Japanese culture.
The Southlake Sister Cities program partners with the City of Southlake to offer exchange trips for both students and adults between Sister Cities Tome, Japan and Suzhou Wuzhong, China. For more information about Sister Cities and the exchange programs, please visit: www.southlakesistercities.org.
The Tarrant County District Clerk’s Office is hosting five separate Passport Fairs in Tarrant County on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Tarrant County District Clerk’s Office is offering Saturday hours, making the process more convenient for many area individuals and families.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
Passport Day Locations
1400 Main St., Suite 340
Southlake, TX 76092
700 E. Abram St., Suite 204
Arlington, TX 76010
6551 Granbury Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76133
6713 Telephone Rd.
Lake Worth, TX 76135
1100 E. Broad St., Suite 102
Mansfield, TX 76063