McKinney residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their own city May 5-11 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,” said Dee-dee Guerra, Executive Director of the MCVB. “We want to help our locals become better-educated ambassadors for our city so they’ll be better equipped to share the complete McKinney experience with visiting family and friends.”

Passport: McKinney Challenge – Play for prizes
Among the week-long activities planned this year is a first-time “Passport: McKinney” challenge. This game will run the entire week, offering participants the chance to win prizes donated by several tourism partners across the city. Residents may pick up a “passport” at the Visitors Center (200 W. Virginia) starting May 1. Participants may then begin visiting locations in the passport on Friday, May 3, securing stamps at each business and attraction during National Travel & Tourism Week.

“We know residents will enjoy playing our passport challenge, planning out their visits to get all their passport pages stamped by the game deadline. There are even a few special offers they can enjoy along the way,” Guerra said, adding that players must return their completed passports to the Visitors Center by 5 p.m. on May 15 to be entered in the prize drawing. “On May 16, we’ll draw from all completed passports returned by the deadline and award some amazing prizes donated by our participating partners.”

Prizes in the “Passport: McKinney” challenge include:

  • A family 4-pack of passes for general admission to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Selected merchandise from Rockin’ AB Kids Baby & Children’s Clothing Store
  • $140 Music Lesson Package at The Guitar Sanctuary
  • $150 VIP Table (seating for 4) at an upcoming concert at The Sanctuary Music & Events
  • Two tickets for a Saturday historic district trolley tour at the Collin County History Museum
  • Family four-pack to the Ice Cream Crank-Off—July 21 – at Chestnut Square Heritage Village
  • One night’s stay at The Grand Hotel in downtown McKinney.
  • $70 gift certificate to Painting with a Twist (good only at the McKinney location)
  • $50 gift certificate to E.J. Wills Gastropub

Public Safety Appreciation Day
Also planned during National Travel & Tourism Week, the MCVB will host its annual Public Safety Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 7. During what has become a favorite event of the Visitors Center staff, the MCVB will pay tribute to the city’s fire, police, and other first responder/emergency personnel.

“McKinney first responders keep our residents and visitors safe every day, and we love showing them our appreciation by inviting them into our offices for lunch with the MCVB staff!” Guerra said. “We also invite the public to stop by to say ‘thank you’ to these dedicated men and women for their service to our community.”

Proclamations by Mayor & Presentation by Texas Film Commission/Office of the Governor
Also on Tuesday, May 7, Mayor George Fuller will present a proclamation to the MCVB staff during the City Council regular session meeting. A representative of the Texas Film Commission/Office of the Governor will also be on hand to present the official certificate declaring McKinney as a “Texas Film Friendly City.” This designation came about following an application and training program in which MCVB staff took part.

Free Guided Historic Walking Tours of the Downtown Square, May 8-9, 2019:
McKinney Historic Preservation Officer Guy Giersch is full of great information about the people who made McKinney what it is today. He'll share stories about the people and buildings from McKinney's history. Tours are at noon on Wednesday, May 8, and at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The tours are free and start at the Visitors Center, 200 W. Virginia in downtown McKinney. 

Throughout the week, the MCVB will be sharing information about things to do in McKinney as well as facts about the economic impact tourism makes in both McKinney and in the Lone Star State via the MCVB’s website (www.VisitMcKinney) and social media accounts. Staff members will also take part in Travel Rally Days at nearby Texas Travel Information Centers, greeting visitors as they enter the state.

“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,” 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 during ‘stay-cations’ and weekend getaways.”

The MCVB mounted a world map above the Visitors Center guest book two years ago to visually 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 more than 80 countries,” Guerra said. “Our guests enjoy the opportunity to mark their home cities and countries on our map, and we enjoy meeting and visiting with them!”

More information about the McKinney CVB and details about National Travel & Tourism Week events are available on 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.