Category Archives: Travel

Lubbock: West Texas Windfall

West Texas town has something for everyone No longer your grandfather’s West Texas town, Lubbock has become a destination well worth the trip. What’s great? Restaurants and wine bars so good you’ll consider relocating.  Fascinating, one-of-a-kind museums and, threaded throughout the city of 250,000, active prairie dog towns and friendly folks. The home of Texas Tech, Lubbock offers days of easy-going fun and great food.   Playing to its High…

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McAllen International Airport Plans Improvements

$2.9-Million Grant Funds Building Improvements McAllen International Airport is receiving $2.935 million from the Federal Aviation Administration via the Airport Improvement Program. Funds will finance terminal building improvements as well as the installation of airport beacons. Additional improvements include apron reconstruction, and runway and taxiway rehabilitation. “These vital infrastructure improvements will enable all those at MFE, from air traffic controllers to operations staff to pilots and flight attendants, to continue…

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American and United add flights to Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport 

Passengers at Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport now have more non-stop flight options to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with the addition of four daily flights from American Airlines. In addition, United Airlines has added more flights between Brownsville and Houston’s Intercontinental Airport as of May 5. “Each flight is responsible for more than 200 permanent jobs, in excess of $300,000 in sales tax revenue, and an overall economic impact…

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RV Parks for All Seasons 

The 110,000-plus Winter Texans who migrate to the Valley for two to six months each year represent an economic bonanza for the region. These visitors help keep everyone’s taxes lower and support expanded retail.  McAllen alone collects $35.4 million in local retail sales tax from visitors (including Mexican nationals). Winter Texans shop and eat out frequently, visit attractions, and pay for repairs or upgrades on their RVs.  A significant portion…

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Airport expansion brings benefits 

McAllen-Miller Airport this year has finally captured the majority market share of Rio Grande Valley air passengers.  Double digit growth in the last two years propelled the urban airport to the 50% mark, according to Director of Aviation Elizabeth Suarez.  “The trend overall is growth on existing routes. It’s great for passengers,” she said. Several critical elements have converged to position the airport for strong growth and satisfied, repeat travelers.…

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