National Travel & Tourism Week: May 1-7, 2016

For us here at the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau, tourism is our work and our passion. Each year in May, we team up with the U.S. Travel Association to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. National Travel & Tourism Week takes place May 1-7, 2016 and is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. The goal is to enhance the country's economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. Click here to learn more.

Monday: May 2

For National Travel & Tourism Week, the Beaumont CVB will visit with local officials of the Jefferson County Commissioner's Court (1:30 p.m.) and receive an official proclamation declaring May 1-7, 2016 National Travel & Tourism Week in Jefferson County.

Tuesday: May 3

On Tuesday, the Beaumont CVB will host a Pop-Up Travel Rally from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! Pop over to the Beaumont CVB (505 Willow in downtown) for FREE pizza, cupcakes & snowcones - because any way you slice it, tourism means business!

Next up, we'll visit with Beaumont City Council (1:30 p.m.) to receive an official proclamation recognizing Beaumont's participation in this national event. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear red in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Employing more than 3,000 locals and bringing over $297 million in direct travel expenditures, it's easy to see Beaumont's travel impact.

Wednesday: May 4

A special edition of our highly popular Beaumont Destination Training will be held Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On this free motorcoach tour of Beaumont, we'll introduce you to the museums, history, and culture of our area that keep visitors returning year after year. (The Lucas Gusher Replica blows at 1:00 p.m. at Spindletop-Gladys City & everyone's invited!) Along the tour, we'll quiz participants and hand out free Beaumont swag. Click here to register now.

If you're passing through, we recommend at stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Orange. From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy free refreshments and other swag at TxDot's annual visitor appreciation event.

Thursday: May 5

Since tourism in Texas should be enjoyed by everyone, we've designated Thursday as Discover Beaumont Day. The Beaumont CVB has teamed up with local tourism partners to offer FREE admission to Beaumont area museums and attractions.

That evening, head to the McFaddin-Ward House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for their annual Spring Picnic. Enjoy a picnic with the family on the grounds of the gorgeous historic home while you listen to tunes from a local band. It's also First Thursdays on Calder Avenue so you can expect food & shopping specials along with live music at the Mildred Building from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday: May 6

Tourism in Beaumont wouldn't be possible without the support of residents, business owners and, of course, travelers! On Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., you can find us welcoming visitors to southeast Texas at the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitor Center Southeast Texas Tourism Round-Up.