AUSTIN, Texas — Travel spending in Texas totaled $70.5 billion and directly supported 630,000 jobs in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of growth in the Lone Star State.
The statistics are contained in a proclamation signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who proclaimed May 2 – 10 of this year as Texas Travel and Tourism Week.
“It was an honor for us to represent the campground segment of the tourism industry at the signing ceremony,” said Jim Rowley, who co-founded the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) in 1972.
Rowley joined Gov. Abbott last week at the proclamation signing ceremony along with Rowley’s son, David, and grandchildren, Jason, 8, and Jeremy, 6.
In addition to co-founding TACO, Jim Rowley founded the Austin KOA Campground, which later became Austin Lone Star RV Resort. He subsequently purchased Pecan Park Campground in neighboring San Marcos, which is now operated by his son, David, and wife, Rachael.
Pecan Park was recently highlighted by Country Living magazine as one of the top “must visit” RV campgrounds in the country.
SOURCE: Texas Association of Campground Owners press release