Be a Tourist at Home in McKinney

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Join the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau May 5-11, 2019 as we once again celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week! This year's theme is "Travel Matters."

 “Our ultimate goal each year in observing National Travel & Tourism Week is to increase McKinney residents’ knowledge of all our city has to offer. We want to help our locals become better-educated ambassadors for our city so they’ll be even better prepared to share the complete McKinney experience with visiting family and friends,” said Dee-dee Guerra, Executive Director of the MCVB.

Here's what we have planned for you during that week:

'Passport: McKinney' ChallengeNTTW Passport
This challenge runs the entire week and offers participants prizes from tourism partners across the city. Residents and visitors may pick up a scavenger hunt “passport” at the Visitors Center (200 W. Virginia) starting May 1. From May 3-15 (we're giving you a few extra days outside the official observation), participants will visit the places in the passport, securing stamps at each one. Completed passports should be returned to the Visitors Center through May 15 (by 5 p.m.), and all completed passports will be entered into a drawing for prizes from those listed below:

  • A family 4-pack of passes for general admission (Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Merchandise from Rockin’ AB Kids Baby & Children’s Clothing Store
  • $140 Music Lesson Package (Guitar Sanctuary)
  • $150 VIP Table (seating for 4) at an upcoming concert (The Sanctuary Music & Events)
  • Two tickets for a Saturday historic district trolley tour (Collin County History Museum)
  • Family four-pack to the Ice Cream Crank-Off—July 21 (Chestnut Square Historic Village)
  • One night’s stay at The Grand Hotel in downtown McKinney.
  • $70 gift certificate to Painting with a Twist (good only at McKinney location)
  • $50 gift card to E.J. Wills Gastropub (Good thru 10/31/19; not for use on gratuity/tax)

Public Safety Appreciation Day: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The MCVB will pay tribute to McKinney's public safety personnel who keep McKinney residents and visitors safe every day by feeding them lunch at the Visitors Center. We encourage people to stop by to say "hello" and to thank them for all they do.

Free Guided Historic Walking Tours of the Downtown Square, May 8-9, 2019:
McKinney Historic Preservation Officer Guy Giersch is full of great information about the people who made McKinney what it is today. He'll share stories about the people and buildings from McKinney's history. Tours are at noon on Wednesday, May 8, and at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.

Sign up for the free walking tours below:

  • Wednesday tour (Noon) on May 8
  • Thursday tour (2:30 p.m.) on May 9

    The tours are free and start at the Visitors Center, 200 W. Virginia in downtown McKinney. 

Other activities will include:

  • special social media posts
  • giveaways 
  • videos
  • MORE!

“When you realize that one in 10 jobs in our country is related to tourism, you can better imagine just how many people in our city are dealing with visitors, directly and indirectly, every day,” Guerra said. “More than half of all visitor spending in our state is generated by domestic and international travelers. That’s in addition to travel spending by Texans exploring other parts of our home state.”

Two years ago, the MCVB mounted a world map above the Visitors Center guest book to indicate the expanse of coverage from visitors who stop in for information.

“In the past few years, the CVB has welcomed visitors from all 50 states as well as more than 80 countries,” Guerra said. “Our guests enjoy the opportunity to mark their home city and country on our map.”

For more information about the McKinney CVB and details about National Travel & Tourism Week, please visit the MCVB website,, or call 214-544-1407. Their offices are located in the Visitors Center at 200 W. Virginia in downtown McKinney.