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04/22/05 - Nacogdoches

Tourism Going Strong

by Donna McCollum

If there's one industry sweating the 'high' gasoline prices it's tourism. Tourism is big business in Nacogdoches and they're doing all they can to attract city dwellers. The city is apparently hitting its mark.

Flower power is setting records. Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Pam Fitch said, "We are just coming off our busiest tourist season of the whole year which is azalea season. We have a record setting year this year."

The average of 665 visitors a month to Nacogdoches should climb. Tourism in Nacogdoches County is rocking and rolling. Nacogdoches county ranks 51 out of 254 counties in Texas for travel expenditures.

Music To Lunch By brings out mostly locals, but it's the kind of charm or on this day energy, (a rock and roll band) was entertaining.  That appeals to Dallas visitor Scott Arbuckle. "I enjoy the atmosphere and the history, hospitality and everyone we've met has been very friendly and pleasant . It's been a very charming place to be."

Chamber Director Bruce Partain hopes one day it will evolve into a permanent stay. "Almost everyone starts out as a tourist in their new hometown so some of them don't realize this is going to be their new hometown until after they come and visit."

Planning too far ahead for the Arbuckles. They're just thinking about the weekend. Next to her husband Tammy Arbuckle said, "He did a little work and now we decided to stay because it seemed like such a nice place we decided to stay for the weekend."

Which for now is all tourist leaders want. According to their facts, the Arbuckles are likely to spend about $170 each day they're here.

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