Abilene Celebrates National Tourism Week with full hotels, robust restaurants

Abilene Celebrates National Tourism Week with full hotels, robust restaurants

By Trish Dressen - Director of Communication, Abilene CVB

 

 

 

May, in Abilene, is always a month when many out-of-towners enjoy the city’s hospitality. The city’s tourism infrastructure bursts at the seams as people pour into to town for university graduations and the long-running Western Heritage Classic. Abilene’s guests will be served by over 3,500 people who work in the tourism industry in Abilene, giving their best southern hospitality. For Abilene, May always is a month when many out-of-towners enjoy the city’s hospitality. The city’s tourism infrastructure bursts at the seams as people pour into to town for university graduations and the long-running Western Heritage Classic. Ironically, these events that help boom Abilene’s economy always seem to fall during National Travel and Tourism Week, a time dedicated to celebrate the economic impact of tourism. Tourism in Abilene is a huge economic stimulator and the next few days are a perfect example of how tourism effects our economic vitality. {{more}} “It’s weekends like this that help pump an extra $421 million into the Abilene economy through travel and tourism,” says Nanci Liles, Executive Director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Abilenians really do see and feel economic impact of tourism in our city during this time of the year.” Without the impact of tourism, every Texas household would pay an additional $840 in taxes. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. For this reason, the ACVB recently launched a local awareness campaign, “I AM ABILENE.” The campaign empowers every day Abilene residents to think of Abilene as a destination for friends, family and more. “We wanted to deliver a message to local residents who love Abilene as much as we do; they, the people of this town, are what makes Abilene flourish,” said Trish Dressen, Communications Director . “By simply inviting people to experience Abilene, our locals hold the power to make Abilene greater.” How? Tourism is a driving force in Abilene’s economy. The Office of the Governor on Economic Development and Tourism reports that 3.20 million people visit Abilene each year, totaling 6.11 million visitor days. The bottom line: travel matters! We encourage all residents to give their best Abilene welcome to all our guests the next few days!