Convention and Visitors Bureau to celebrate Tourism Week

The bureau is celebrating travel and tourism just before the peak travel season
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 7:47 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 10:12 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - The Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping to bring more tourists to the gateway city with the help of its newest addition.

As people walk into the U.S., the new center will welcome tourists with open arms.

It’s more than just a gift shop: it’s a way to represent the gateway city.

City leaders started the week with a proclamation- Viva Laredo!

Mayor Pete Saenz says that prior to COVID-19, the travel and tourism industry was a big contributor to the local economy.

As officials are eager to open up the border again for non essential travel, they anticipate upcoming travelers to enjoy the grand opening of the new visitors center located right off of Bridge One.

Inside the facility, it has the first retail shop with Laredo souvenirs that features different organizations around town.

Eileen Ramos, the director for the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau says she expects the new center to become a new attraction in the city.

”We see a lot of pedestrians, a lot of foot traffic, a lot of visitors from Mexico and coming in through here, visitors are coming to the outlets and stop by and decide what they wanna do in Laredo.”

Not only does Ramos expect to see travelers in the store, but also local residents who would like to pick up some Laredo merchandise themselves.

The visitor’s center is located on 101 Salinas Avenue.

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