Friday, July 1, 2022

Southlake Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week May 1-7

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.NTTW Interior 2

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:

  • Monday, May 2: The City’s tourism Facebook page will offer a shopping package giveaway. With nearly 260 retail venues and growing, including one-of-a-kind boutique stores and world-renowned retailers, Southlake is a premier shopping destination in North Texas.
  • Tuesday, May 3: The Southlake City Council will honor an official proclamation recognizing Southlake’s participation in the national event. The proclamation will take place in City Council Chambers within Southlake Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to wear red in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week.
  • Wednesday, May 4: The new Southlake destination video showcasing the many things to do, things to see, places to shop, and places to stay within the City will be unveiled to the public. The video will be available for viewing on, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Thursday, May 5: The Hilton Southlake Town Square, along with the City of Southlake tourism staff, will co-host “On Your Way to Work,” a networking event from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Copeland’s of New Orleans. The no-cost event will be open to all Southlake business representatives and will feature tourism impact information relevant to the business community.
  • Friday, May 6: Southlake tourism staff will join representatives from other Texas cities at the Texas Travel Information Center in Gainesville for the TxDOT Destination Showcase. The event will provide an opportunity for destination cities to share information about their communities and attractions. Southlake tourism staff will also hold activitiesNTTW Interior at the sold-out “Leadercast 2016 Southlake,” the annual one-day leadership event.
  • Saturday, May 7: Southlake-based Apex Arts League will host the first “Films at The Marq,” a one-day, family-friendly film festival from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Southlake tourism staff will be on site to welcome visitors to The Marq, the City’s newest event space.

“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

Senior Center Overnight Trip to Branson

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.
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City of Southlake and student delegation celebrate 10 year Sister City anniversary in Tome, Japan

Southlake student delegates with their host familes in Tome, Japan.

Southlake student delegates with their host familes in Tome, Japan.

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:

Kofukuji Temple

Kofukuji Temple where the students practiced calligraphy

Passport Day – June 14, 2014

tarrantcountysealThe 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.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the County website at, or on the State Department’s website at Travel.State.Gov.

Passport Day Locations

Southlake Sub-Courthouse
1400 Main St., Suite 340
Southlake, TX 76092

Arlington Sub-Courthouse
700 E. Abram St., Suite 204
Arlington, TX 76010

Southwest Sub-Courthouse
6551 Granbury Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Northwest Sub-Courthouse
6713 Telephone Rd.
Lake Worth, TX 76135

Mansfield Sub-Courthouse
1100 E. Broad St., Suite 102
Mansfield, TX 76063