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      Amarillo expected to see increased visitors during Labor Day weekend

      According to the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, tourism in Amarillo is up. The City of Amarillo shows projected growth to increase by five percent in the coming year. Many area attractions and hotels have reported a rise in the number of people over the past summer and plan for this trend to continue throughout the 3-day weekend.

      "We've had a very good year this year. A very strong summer. Most of our attractions are reporting increase in attendance. Hotel occupancy has been strong as well," said Amarillo CVC Director of Communications Eric Miller.

      Currently places like the Ambassador hotel are busy welcoming guests. The Ambassador hotel says occupancy for the weekend is at 60 percent, but is expected to increase another 30 percent with walk-ins by the end of the weekend.

      "We get a lot of walk-ins which we love to have, but with that being said just be prepared," said Ambassador Hotel Front Office Manager Mark McCowan.

      He suggest guests remember to have patience while they try to meet the need of every hotel guest.

      The Amarillo CVC also suggests you plan ahead when hitting the town and don't be surprised if you experience some traffic.

      "Just allow a little extra time nothing big, nothing that's really going to ruin your day...just allow a little extra time," said Miller.