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May 17, 2018
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GUILLEN EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM TO ECONOMY
Texas Travel And Tourism Week May 6-12
AUSTIN - Following Texas Travel and Tourism Week, which ended last week, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) celebrates the impact of one of the state's top economic drivers.
"We love seeing tourists in South Texas," said Guillen. "People come from all over to learn about our state. It's like a whole other country to them, and a lot of folks really want to experience it for themselves. While they're here, they support many different industries and stimulate job growth for our citizens."
Travel spending in Texas ranks among the highest in the nation with an estimated $74.7 billion in travel spending across the state in 2017. As the former Chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Representative Guillen has a history of supporting tourism and protecting our state treasures and resources. This session, Guillen successfully fought to allocate $75 million to further restore the Alamo, secured $40 million for historic courthouse preservation, renewed the historic building restoration tax incentive program, and established an ongoing courthouse renovation funding mechanism for some South Texas counties.
Tourism and travel spending in Texas directly supports almost 678,000 jobs, or about 5% of the state's working population, in 2017. The industry has also seen growth over the past seven consecutive years, with last year seeing an increase of 2.1% in industry job growth over the year prior. Travel tourism also supports jobs in many other sectors of the state economy, including leisure and hospitality, transportation, retail trade, services, finance, real estate, and construction, among others.
"Texas history is rich and beautiful," said Guillen. "I'm happy, though not surprised, that so many people want to travel here to learn more about our culture, and to see everything that makes Texas so special."
Those interested in learning more about travel and tourism can visit the state's travel industry website, www.travel.texas.gov.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen