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May 06

Be a Virtual Tourist in McKinney for NTTW 2020

Posted on May 6, 2020 at 3:08 PM by Beth Shumate


Each year during the first weekend of May, Visit McKinney and other destination marketing organizations celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. That special week begins this Sunday, May 3, and runs through Saturday, May 9, and this year, we are celebrating the Spirit of Travel.

Some day before long, we will be able to go out and explore again and find wonderful experiences across the Lone Star State and elsewhere. And boy, won't we all be relieved and happy when that day comes? Until then...

Be a Virtual Tourist

Our ultimate goal each year in observing National Travel & Tourism Week is to increase McKinney residents’ knowledge of all our city has to offer so our locals become better-educated ambassadors for our city. This provides them with first-hand knowledge of their town so they’ll be even better prepared to share the complete McKinney experience with visiting family and friends.

The COVID-19 pandemic threw all of us a major curve ball this year, so our 2020 celebration will be a bit different than in past years. And our mission to better educate our residents about virtual things to do in McKinney actually started a bit early when we began sharing links to these kinds of activities back in mid-March.

Here are the links all in one place for your convenience:Michele Bernard Granddaugher with David_4_n

Here are some other links from our various city partners where you'll be able to find more information about stores and other businesses that are still open, current information about city services and more.

Public Safety Appreciation Day

We’re also observing our 10th anniversary of hosting lunch for McKinney’s public safety personnel, which we’ve done in our offices on Tuesdays of NTTW. This lunch is our way to show our appreciation to them for all they do to keep our community safe for our visitors and residents. Since that isn’t possible this year, we’ve partnered with the McKinney Community Development Corporation to take lunch to them. Because it falls on Cinco de Mayo, we’ve asked the local caterers at Fresh Mex to bring their food truck to the Public Safety building to feed all the personnel who work there as well as taking lunch to all the fire stations. There was no way we going to miss out on this day, especially during this critical time for our first responders.

tourism numbers

Tourism’s Impact on our Economy

Also during National Travel & Tourism Week, we like to educate our community on the impact that travel and tourism have on the local and state economies. 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 and state are dealing with visitors, directly and indirectly, every day. That, of course, has changed for the time being.  

According to 2017 state statistics, the GDP of the travel industry in Texas was $36.4 million. McKinney's numbers are impressive, too. Of course, we have no idea what the worldwide travel bans and quarantines will do to these numbers this year, or even for the next two years. But one thing we do know is, travel and tourism is a vital part of our economy and we are going to ready for people to start traveling again once things are deemed safe.