Category Archives: Travel

Venue Gives Valley Boost

Welcomed with great fanfare and full houses, the $88-million, 219,000-square-foot Bert Ogden Arena opens a new chapter in the Rio Grande Valley as the largest entertainment venue in South Texas and a boon for regional economic development. An estimated 5,000 people turned out for grand-opening ceremonies and arena tours in August, entertainer Luis Miguel performed a sold-out concert in September, followed by a near sell-out for a WWE wrestling card.…

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Southwest Airlines Adds More VIA Flights

Southwest Airlines is now offering an additional 17 non-stop flights between Valley International Airport and Dallas Love Field during high demand days for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2018. Additionally, effective March 10, 2019, Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop service between Harlingen and Dallas Love on Sundays.  Southwest currently offers non-stop flights from Harlingen to Austin and Houston Hobby airports as well. Flights to Dallas will depart at 1:45 p.m. on Sundays with…

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VIA Welcomes Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Shurz takes the podium in announcing the new Frontier Airlines service at VIA.

Chicago, Ill., and Denver, Colo., will soon be even more accessible as Frontier Airlines brings it non-stop service to these destinations from Valley International Airport. Regional officials and business leaders celebrated the announcement Aug. 28 with an official press conference. Here, Frontier confirmed the non-stop services will begin in November. The addition of flights to Harlingen represents the 100th city in the airline’s network. Frontier is currently offering a special introductory, one-way…

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McAllen Airport to Improve Safety

McAllen International Airport

The McAllen International Airport was recently awarded $2.06 million in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Grant funds. The money will improve safety as well as replace aging infrastructure at the airport. “The McAllen International Airport is the gateway to the world for all traveling to and from our city,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “With these funds, the City of McAllen will be able to invest in the necessary improvements…

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Investment Pays Off for SPI

Hotelier Barry Patel is upping his ante in the South Padre Island tourism economy with the construction of a Courtyard by Marriott near his Hilton Garden Inn on the north end of the coastal town. He is wagering the Island’s future will deal him a full house. “I am very optimistic about the Island,” said Patel, a former mayor. “The things that the city has done in the last three…

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Lubbock: West Texas Windfall

West Texas town has something for everyone No longer your grandfather’s West Texas town, Lubbock has become a destination well worth the trip. What’s great? Restaurants and wine bars so good you’ll consider relocating.  Fascinating, one-of-a-kind museums and, threaded throughout the city of 250,000, active prairie dog towns and friendly folks. The home of Texas Tech, Lubbock offers days of easy-going fun and great food.   Playing to its High…

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McAllen International Airport Plans Improvements

The McAllen International Airport will soon receive terminal building improvements and more. (photo by McAllen International Airport)

$2.9-Million Grant Funds Building Improvements McAllen International Airport is receiving $2.935 million from the Federal Aviation Administration via the Airport Improvement Program. Funds will finance terminal building improvements as well as the installation of airport beacons. Additional improvements include apron reconstruction, and runway and taxiway rehabilitation. “These vital infrastructure improvements will enable all those at MFE, from air traffic controllers to operations staff to pilots and flight attendants, to continue…

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American and United add flights to Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport 

Passengers at Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport now have more non-stop flight options to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with the addition of four daily flights from American Airlines. In addition, United Airlines has added more flights between Brownsville and Houston’s Intercontinental Airport as of May 5. “Each flight is responsible for more than 200 permanent jobs, in excess of $300,000 in sales tax revenue, and an overall economic impact…

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RV Parks for All Seasons 

The 110,000-plus Winter Texans who migrate to the Valley for two to six months each year represent an economic bonanza for the region. These visitors help keep everyone’s taxes lower and support expanded retail.  McAllen alone collects $35.4 million in local retail sales tax from visitors (including Mexican nationals). Winter Texans shop and eat out frequently, visit attractions, and pay for repairs or upgrades on their RVs.  A significant portion…

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