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      National Tourism Week kicks off in Amarillo

      The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983.

      The U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies. Each year, localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.

      In Amarillo, organizers said this is the first year they've really gone in-depth to find places in Amarillo not many people have visited. Starting Monday, May 5th and running through May 11th, each day the public can join the group as they tour places in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, an art gallery, and a DC 3 Aircraft.

      The Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council partnered with the city and these tourism spots to make this year one of the best.

      "What's new about it for us is we've never been this active in our promotion of it. We've never had this many events and we've never tried to reach this many people. So it's a first for us," said Eric Miller with the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council.

      For a schedule of events, click here.