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May 07

National Tourism Week Fun is Underway in McKinney!

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 4:16 PM by Beth Shumate

NTTW-2018-logoMcKinney residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the city May 6-12 when the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB) hosts its annual observance of National Travel & Tourism Week.

This year's theme is "Travel: Then & Now" which fits perfectly with McKinney's heritage. Both visitors and residents alike are fascinated with McKinney's history and heritage; it's something we are regularly asked about by people stopping into the Visitors Center. 

Free Walking Tours
National Travel & Tourism Week happens to fall just as National Preservation Month (in May) is getting underway. The MCVB staff is excited to be partnering with the city's Historic Preservation Office; Guy Giersch, the city's Historic Preservation Officer, will be guiding three walking tours of the downtown square.

Mr. Giersch knows the historic downtown square better than just about anyone else and is a wealth of interesting information about where our city has come from. Free tickets/reservations are now available from EventBrite. Just click on the time below to access the reservation system for that tour option:
All tours will meet at the Visitors Center and will end at the Collin County History Museum (300 E. Virginia). The museum will be open for those wishing to explore its exhibits following the tours. 

In conjunction with these tours, the city's GIS (Geographic Information System) Department will be officially launching new digital maps that will serve as perfect tools for folks wishing to explore our historic district on their own!

We will be observing and educating the public about the economic development brings to our community. And how fitting that National Tourism Week also happens to be National Economic Development Week

Also during National Tourism Week:

eventzee instruction graphic_biggerCapture McKinney Photo Scavenger Hunt:  All week (Sun., May 6-Sat., May 12)
We are once again partnering with Eventzee to bring you a fun photo scavenger hunt around McKinney. Top photos will be selected for use as profile and banner photos for Visit McKinney's social media and possibly future marketing. Participants could also win some McKinney swag! 

How to Play: Download the Eventzee app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. The steps are shown here. Use the game code VisitMcKinney18 to play.

Public Safety Appreciation Day: Tuesday, May 8

The MCVB will pay tribute to the fire, police and other first responder/emergency personnel who keep McKinney residents and visitors safe every day by feeding them lunch. Feel free to stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to thank them in person!
From the NickelDime to the Drive-In: Saturday, May 12
 (Brown Bag Luncheon Talk) 
 McKinney expert Deborah Kilgore will share some of the wonderful stories she has uncovered over the years about McKinney's people, buildings, and fascinating facts pertaining to McKinney's movie trail. You won't want to miss this! The event will take place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (in the Gallery on the ground floor) and is free to attend. Just grab a lunch somewhere on the square and come on over to MPAC. Reserve your free ticket(s) via EventBrite at the link below:

Other activities will include:

  • special social media posts
  • giveaways
  • MORE!
We invite you to stop by the MCVB Visitors Center, explore our website, or call 214-544-1407. Our offices are located in the Visitors Center at 200 W. Virginia in downtown McKinney.

And don't forget to pick up McKinney gifts and souvenirs at The McKinney Shop located in the Visitors Center. You can also place orders online!