McKinney residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the city May 7-13 when the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB) hosts its annual observance of National Travel & Tourism Week.

“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.

The first event planned for this special week is a Public Safety Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 9. During what has become a favorite annual event at the Visitors Center staff, 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. The next day - Wednesday, May 10 – will be McKinney Travel Rally Day when the MCVB will recognize local tourism industry employees via photos and videos posted to social media. That afternoon, Johnny B. from KLAK Radio will be on air from 4- 6 p.m. outside the MCVB Visitors Center in downtown McKinney.

In conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, the MCVB will officially launch their new Visit McKinney Smartphone app and partner web widget that allows visitors to plan itineraries and create maps when planning their McKinney trip.

Other activities will include special social media posts, giveaways and more, all focused around this year’s NTTW theme of “The Faces of Travel” that celebrates those working in some capacity in the tourism industry.

“When you realize that one in nine 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 61 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, VisitMcKinney.com, or call 214-544-1407. Their offices are located in the Visitors Center at 200 W. Virginia in downtown McKinney.