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Visit McKinney Designations & Awards

  • Texas Music Friendly Community - Texas Music Office of the Office of the Governor
  • Best Tourism Promotion Organization - LuxLife Magazine, Travel & Tourism Awards 2020
  • Certified Texas Film Friendly City - Texas Film Commission/Office of the Governor, 2019 
  • 2020 Reader's Choice Award - ConventionSouth (magazine/website), 2020 
  • 2019 Reader’s Choice Award - ConventionSouth (magazine/website), 2019
  • 2018 Reader’s Choice Award - ConventionSouth (magazine/website), 2018
  • 2017 Reader’s Choice Award - ConventionSouth (magazine/website), 2017
  • 2016 Reader’s Choice Award - ConventionSouth (magazine/website), 2016
  • Top 50 Renovated/New Meeting Sites/Providers - ConventionSouth, 2015

City of McKinney & Local Business Accolades

Thank You

From a Fall 2020 Visiting Travel Group

Just wanted to let you know how much the AWC Travel Dept. enjoyed McKinney.  The Welcome Bag was very appreciated, Our tour os Chestnut Square and lunch at the Heard-Craig Center were delightful.  Thanks for all of your help with arranging those visits.

Have a great weekend and a nice Thanksgiving. - Sharon Phemister

From a Website User (Fall 2020)

Good morning! I hope you're keeping safe and healthy! I just wanted to take a sec to let you know how helpful your virtual travel web page has been for my family and me.. My mother moved in with us before the COVID outbreak this February, and then with twin girls we've definitely had our hands full LOL.. But, I was able to find some excellent resources to for the new school year thanks to your links (their school district is doing a mix of in person & remote learning) We especially enjoy the virtual field trips! Stephanie and Joanna love animals so they really liked the zoo tours and wildlife cams.. its been wonderful grandma/granddaughter bonding time ! The girls suggested that we should send a thank you note...or e-mail I guess. It does feel like a good opportunity to put a little positivity into the world and I figured you'd appreciate knowing someone was benefiting from it so here we are =)

And we also wanted to share another resource to repay the favor, so Steph, Joanna, and Nana all helped to pick out a great resource for virtual field trips. It has awesome virtual trips and tours from all over the world. They thought you'd want to add it to your virtual travel resources so that other families can use it this year! Hopefully it's helpful. 

Thank you again, and have a good day. If you are able to add their suggestion to your page I'll make sure to show them. Everyone was excited to see if you liked it so I'm thinking they'll be proud seeing it on there. Stay safe and take care! Thanks.

- Shana

(And yes, we DID love it and shared in on our page. You can find the link here. Thank you, Shana and family!)

Commercial Shoot (Summer 2020)

Good morning Beth, 

Wanted to just write quickly and say thank you for all your help! We couldn’t have put on such a successful shoot with fantastic locations without you.  We did end up shooting at Hugs Cafe and The Cotton Mill.  Once I have permission to share those spots, I can certainly pass along to you but in the meantime, thanks again! Hope you stay well and safe during this time!

Krissy Unger
Associate at Rising Tide Media Group

Texas Lakes Trail Region Meeting (Late 2019)

We had such an incredible meeting on Wednesday! Thank you all so much for everything that you did to make it so special. You all definitely know how to make guests feel welcome and cared for. Our guests were so impressed with the two sites that we had the pleasure of touring.

- Jill Campbell Jordan CTE
Executive Director, Texas Lakes Trail Region

Texas Downtown Association Annual Conference (2017)

Thank you for everything you did to make our conference such a success.  We’ve received very positive feedback and people seemed to really enjoy their time in McKinney.  You have an amazing downtown and community and I hope all of you are proud for being part of this conference - I know I am.  Thank you again and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

- Catherine Sak, Executive Director, Texas Downtown Association

Mother of the Groom (2017)

Thank you for all your help in organizing and stuffing the wedding welcome bags. You are so sweet to offer assistance! The bags were a huge hit with everyone and I could not have done it without you all!  Many thanks!  YOU ALL ARE THE BEST!

We had fun in McKinney; everyone had a great time and enjoyed the square, from shopping, to restaurants to the late night bars! Oh, the fiancée of one of the groomsmen from Kansas found her wedding dress on the square! She and her mother are driving down from Kansas soon to purchase it.  

Take care and hope to be up there soon for another relaxing weekend!

- Ann H., mother of the groom for a recent wedding in McKinney

Visiting Writer on Assignment (2015)

Thank you so much for arranging our stay in McKinney. Everything was perfect. I know it took a lot of people to make it happen. The food was glorious. We will be dieting for the next decade but it was worth it. I am so impressed with each restaurant’s commitment to fresh, local, great food! It was one of the standouts of the trip.  B&Bs... I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality and warmth. Our stay was relaxing despite our full schedule and both homes are charming.

 Massages ... just what we needed. We’ve both been working so hard and it was the best way to relax.

The tour at Chestnut Square ...Very interesting. Of course, I’m a fan of old houses! I’ll definitely be mentioning the wedding possibilities when I write my article.

I tried to think of constructive criticism, but there isn’t even one. Everything is just perfect, unless you could please remove the calories from the food.

Thank you again. We both had an amazing time.

- Freelance writer/food blogger Marye Audet-White who visited with her husband Marc

Ladies Group Day Trip from Arlington

Thank you so much for all the time you have spent with us, planning this special day for the ladies of the Friendship Department of the First Baptist Church Arlington. You have gone over and beyond for making this a special day. We are very appreciative!

 Blessings to you,

- Edie Heifner and the planning team

McKinney High School Class of 1965 - 50th Reunion (2015)

Dear all at the CVB:

You’ve done it again! Our Class of 1965 50th Reunion was FANTASTIC! In no small measure, much of the credit belongs to you. You helped us plan the event from beginning to end!

From the negotiations with hotels, restaurants, and other special facilities, everything worked like clockwork. We’ve been receiving messages since the night of the last event telling us (the planning committee) how much they enjoyed all that was planned for them.

All of you worked so hard for us. And then, to open up the Visitors’ Center for our registration was a real boon for the evening.

Y’all are the best! And a million thanks for a job well done.   - Carolyn Corbin, Class of 65 Reunion Committee

Local Organizations

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your assistance in publicizing our Silent Movie event on the MPAC Wurlitzer pipe organ last Saturday night. It was our largest crowd ever!!! In fact, I couldn’t find more than a few empty seats on the ground level or the balcony either one. The event was a complete success. With your help, the word certainly got out for this event, and a good crowd was treated to a wonderful show!! I certainly enjoyed working with you, and look forward to our collaboration on our next silent movie event ... once again, many thanks.  

- Mike Tarzis, North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society

Thank you so much for helping me! The [dining] guides are great and our customer (Class A Motorcoaches from across the US and Canada) that are here all week are very happy to have them! Hope you have a safe and fun holiday also. Thank you and have a great day!

- Joy Allen, Customer Service, MCD Innovations