Texas Travel and Tourism Week marks the perfect time to explore rural Texas, retirement options in communities across the Lone Star State


In honor of Texas Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13, the Texas Department of Agriculture is recognizing nearly 500 communities for their southern hospitality and amenities that help make them the perfect place to retire.


“A picturesque landscape, a booming economy, low taxes and affordable living are just a few of the reasons Texas is a great place to live and retire,” Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “Once people visit Texas, they don’t want to leave. By keeping retirement and tourism dollars local, native and transplanted Texans support local businesses and keep our overall state economy thriving.”


TDA’s GO TEXAN program certifies communities as either GO TEXAN Rural Communities or GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Communities. For rural communities, the program creates a single rallying call for rural Texas, educating the public about all rural Texas has to offer and encouraging rural communities to share and promote successful ideas. GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Communities go through an extensive process to become certified by demonstrating they provide all the things retirees look for, including continuing education, culture, health care services and low taxes.


According to the Office of the Governor, 2011 travel spending in Texas totaled more than $63 billion − a l0 percent increase over 2010 and the highest level of spending recorded to date. This supported 530,000 jobs and generated nearly $4 billion in local and state taxes.


For the latest news about unique GO TEXAN communities and GO TEXAN member activities or events planned during Texas Travel and Tourism Week, follow GO TEXAN on Facebook and Twitter. Additional Texas Travel and Tourism Week activities can be found at TravelTex.com.