Be a Tourist at Home in McKinney

National Travel & Tourism Week logoJoin the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau May 7-14, 2017 as we once again celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week! This year's theme is "Faces of Travel," a salute to the millions of people employed in the tourism industry either directly or indirectly.

 “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:

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.

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

Launch of New "Ask a Local" Campaign: McKinney residents will share their stories in social media posts, ads and videos about what they love about their home city.

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.”

To best illustrate this point, 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.

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