Inside info: What to know about Visit McKinney

Visit McKinney works to encourage visitors to come to the city. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Visit McKinney works to encourage visitors to come to the city. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Visit McKinney works to encourage visitors to come to the city. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Visit Visit McKinney helps to bring visitors to the city by promoting McKinney as a destination for business and leisure travelers. It operates the city's Visitor Center and provides a number of free services to individuals planning weddings, tours, reunions, meetings and more.

Funding the services

-13% is the occupancy tax collected by McKinney hotels

-6% goes to the state

-7% goes to the city to help fund Visit McKinney

-$712,000 was the Visit McKinney budget for fiscal year 2018-19

Benefits of tourism

In fiscal year 2018-19, the city had:

-860,280 overnight visitors

-$229 million in traveler spending

-1,970 jobs related to tourism and hospitality
-$10.2 million in local taxes collected

Free services

The free services from Visit McKinney include:

-Offering brochures, maps, and calendars;

-Helping secure hotel room blocks and rate negotiations;

-Conducting site visits and suggesting venues to suit the needs of the visitor or event planner;

-Negotiating meeting or event venue contracts;

-Creating itineraries for areas of interest including history, do-it-yourself, environmental, gardening and live entertainment;

-Supplying visitors with contact information for local vendors; and

-Providing goody bags for our-of-town guests in hotels.

Visit McKinney

200 W. Virginia

McKinney, TX 75069

www.visitmckinney.com

888-649-8499

info@visitmckinney.com
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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