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CAPITOL UPDATE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2010
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Communications Director
Phone: 512-463-0385

Vacationing in Texas Can Spur Economy, Reduce Deficit

In conjunction with Texas Travel and Tourism Week from May 8 to 16, I am asking South Texans and residents all over the state to consider spending their vacation days and dollars here at home.

Each year, the Texas travel and tourism industry creates thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars. Latest figures available for 2008 indicate travelers spent an estimated $60.6 billion in Texas, and travel spending directly supported 544,400 jobs.

In these difficult economic times, I urge Texans to consider vacationing in their home state. By staying near home we can help the state economy instead of putting dollars into another state's coffers. As one of this country's leading travel destinations, Texas offers a rich variety of tourist attractions for all interests, ages and budgets.

In recognition of U.S. Travel Rally Day on May 11 and U.S. Travel and Tourism Week, the Harlingen Travel Information Center is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation, various local chambers and visitors' bureaus to host a variety of community events promoting travel and tourism in South Texas.

In this region, we have much to offer tourists, and even locals: South Padre Island, rated as one of the country's top beaches; eco-tourism with unique bird species; lush golf courses; gulf coast fishing and much more.

Statewide, events like Free Historic Sites Day on May 16, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, will offer us an opportunity to learn more about our state's history.

The Lone Star State's natural and man-made attractions are often awe-inspiring. And traveling within the state means lower costs in gas and flight tickets.

The British novelist Alec Waugh believed that "you can fall in love at first sight with a place as well as a person."

This summer, fall in love with Texas all over again by discovering a new place or rediscovering a known location.

For more information on travel, tourism and our state's 12 travel information centers that include Harlingen, please log onto www.travel.state.tx.us.

As always, if you have any input or questions regarding these or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact Doris Sanchez, my Communications Director, 512-463-0385.

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