Chances are if you live in Lubbock, you may not have visited attractions like the Silent Wings Museum and the Buddy Holly Center. But they're quite popular with an estimated 5.23 million tourists who came to Lubbock in 2011. That's according to a report by D.K. Shiffley and Associates.
The Lubbock Hotel Motel Association and Visit Lubbock hosted an awards event, Live Love Lubbock, honoring those who've made a positive impact on the tourism industry. That includes County Commissioner Patti Jones, recipient of the Tourism Trumpeter Award.
"With the revenue generated from the people who come, the taxpayers save $455 yearly on taxes because those people come in and they use the sales tax dollars and those things, and that's how we save the money. So, it's a win really for everybody," Rob Meyer, president of the Lubbock Hotel Motel Association, said.
Visit Lubbock reported the tourism industry employs 7,200 people here, resulting in $200.8 million in annual earnings.