Tourism Roundup at Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center
BEAUMONT – Visitors who lay their head to rest in Southeast Texas support the area’s economy by spending dollars on hotels, attractions, in restaurants and businesses. They’ll get a Texas welcome during National Tourism Week, May 5-13.
The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center will host the Southeast Texas Tourism Roundup from 1-4pm on Friday, May 11. Visitors passing through and locals who want to learn more about area museums, attractions, nature areas and all the fun going on in the nine county region are encouraged to indulge. Experience how this area’s hospitable nature translates into dollars and cents and good times. The Wells Fargo Stagecoach and Big Thicket Outlaws will stock the center with characters, entertainers from the Liberty Opry will fill the air with song, and the Heritage Village Museum will dish up the Famous Picket House fried chicken.
Director Kathi Hughes said, “This Visitors Center has been a dream come true. For years we watched thousands of potential visitors speed down I-10 and knew that if we could get them off the highway and experience what our area has to offer, they would want to stay a while. We are always hearing “What a great place Southeast Texas is to visit!” Since first opening our doors in June of 2007 we have surpassed expectations on the number of visitors with over 281,000 being reported from 86 different countries. Many are encouraged to spend the night and stay longer. I encourage our locals to also take advantage of the center to plan weekend and summer outings. They will see why the visitors say we have a great place to visit. Our mission is to inform visitors on an array of Southeast Texas attractions that not only tell our story, but support the area’s economy.”
“Tourism supports thousands of jobs in the area, from the front desk person at a hotel to employees who put gas into a visitor’s car” Elizabeth Eddins, Director of Tourism for the Beaumont Conventions and Visitors Bureau, said. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to support Southeast Texas and show we appreciate visitors’ impact.”
The Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mc-Faddin Ward Home, Stark Museum, Texas Energy Museum, Liberty Opry, Big Thicket Preserve, Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, and other tourism partners plan to offer information, refreshment and Southeast Texas hospitality.
For more information on the event or Visitors Center, the staff can be reached at 409-842-0500.