Nacogdoches holding a historic sites scavenger hunt

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deep East Texas is full of history and when you're the oldest town in Texas, there are plenty of places for tourist to visit.

That is why Nacogdoches is taking part in this years' National Tourism Week with events every day including a scavenger hunt.

"I'm hoping that they take away a little bit of knowledge about Nacogdoches and these museums we have here," said Media Relations Director for the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jannette Watts.

There are five sites on the tour and those involved at the sites understand how important these sites are to the regions tourism industry.

"I think it's important to realize the sacrifice and forethought that our early American pioneers made to make sure that the school children and the area were developed with a lot of culture and education," said Sue Scaief, a volunteer with the Old University Building.

The hunt is free and the hope is to bring awareness to this hotbed of early Texas treasure.... But organizers are hoping for a local turnout.

"We also wanted our locals to get out and discover Nacogdoches and rediscover these treasures or discover them for the first time," said Watts.

The hope is that the local community will spread the word.

"If they love their town and they think their town is cool and neat, then they are going to tell others about it and that is going to help promote tourism and that is going to attract visitors here," said Watts.

The event runs through Sunday may 12. Those wanting to participate have until 4 P.M. to turn in their map, with all five locations stamped, to the Visitors Center in downtown Nacogdoches.

In Angelina County, The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau released the results of a 2012 tourism study.

The study showed that $128.7 million were spent last year in the county by tourist, with $1.6 million of that being in local tax receipts. All of that revenue helped support 1,320 jobs.

Part of the tourism growth can be credited to the revitalization of downtown.

"It brings not only life into that area, but it also brings life into the entire community. Bringing back the theater with The Pines and different markets, whether it's a wine bar or a tobacco bar or a retail outlet, anything you bring into downtown is going to bring in tourism," said Executive Director of the Lufkin Visitors and Convention Bureau, Tara Watson.

This is the first year the bureau has participated in the study and plans on an increase in revenue in the 2013 study.

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