McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts city-wide scavenger hunt for National Travel & Tourism Week May 3-11
By McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau
May 4, 2014
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McKINNEY, Texas - The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau is gearing up for National Travel & Tourism Week, held the first week of May each year. This year’s observance in McKinney features a city-wide scavenger hunt that will enable participants to win prizes donated by area restaurants and stores, among other activities.

“We look forward to this week each year,” said Dee-dee Guerra, Executive Director of the MCVB. “Our focus is usually on bringing people from outside the area to McKinney, to stay in our hotels and spend money with our local businesses. But during National Travel & Tourism Week, we focus on educating our local residents about all our beautiful city has to offer. We want to help them be knowledgeable ambassadors for our city so they can share their hometown with their friends and family who come to visit!"

Each year, the MCVB staff plans different activities to get people out and about within the community, challenging them to learn all about McKinney attractions and other special features within the city. Also during this annual observance, the MCVB staff helps educate the public about the overall importance of tourism to every community.

“In the state of Texas, tourism-related activities return $7 to the state for every dollar spent on tourism,” Guerra said. “That’s a phenomenal return on investment. Not only is Texas one of the top tourist draws in the U.S., but the Dallas area is the most-visited location in our state. We greet people from all around the world to our downtown visitors center.”

Among the activities in the works for National Travel & Tourism Week are:

Anyone with questions about McKinney’s National Travel & Tourism Week activities can check the MCVB web page dedicated to the celebration, stop by 200 W.Virginia in historic downtown McKinney, email or call 214-544-1407.

About National Travel & Tourism Week

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984 and facilitated by the U.S. Travel Office. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” (Source: The U.S. Travel Office)