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29th Annual Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner & Converge on the Capitol
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29th Annual Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner & Converge on the Capitol Export to Your Calendar

2/20/2019 to 2/21/2019

When: February 20 & 21, 2019
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Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Jennifer Roush



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Join Us for the 2019 Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner & Converge on the Capitol
February 20 & 21, 2019 | Austin

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2018 Unity Dinner Information Below

George P. Bush, Commissioner, Texas General Land Office,
Featured Speaker at Unity Dinner

George P. Bush

Hurricane Harvey relief through the Texas General Land Office is locally-led, state-supported and federally-funded. Commissioner Bush will speak at Unity Dinner about the relief efforts and how the more than $5 billion HUD award for Texas long-term recovery will be distributed and used in the affected counties. He will also speak to the impact on travel and tourism to these areas.

Born in Houston, Texas, April 24, 1976. Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service, working as a public school teacher after graduating from Rice University and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Prior to serving as Texas Land Commissioner, Bush was a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses. Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their two sons, Prescott and Jack. Serves as Texas Land Commissioner, January 2, 2015 to present.

Honoring Silver Spur Award Recipient John L. Nau, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.

John NauNau’s commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His current involvement includes Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, Civil War Trust Board of Directors,The Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, University of Houston Board of Visitors, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Honorary State Trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a Board Member for Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation and The Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.

John Nau's contributions to tourism and travel through historic rehabilitation, historic preservation, heritage travel efforts, and more continue to play a vital role in Texas' economy.


Uniting Two Distinctly Different Texas Music Styles and Voices
Special Entertainment by Gary P. Nunn and Kam Franklin

Gary P. NunnGary and Kam are both ambassadors of TTIA's What I Like About Texas campaign and performed at the What I Like About Texas media event in New York City last October. When the duo shared the stage, the blending of their voices was an instant hit. Their collaboration is a great example of the diversity and unity found in Texas. Join us at the Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner when Gary and Kam will harmonize once again.  Kam Franklin

Photo of Kam Franklin: Credit Daniel Jackson








Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

3:30pm – 4:30pm TTIA Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting – Salon AB, 4th Floor, Hilton Austin
4:00pm – 7:00pm Unity Dinner Registration – Ballroom D Prefunction Area
5:15pm – 7:15pm Legislator Registration – Ballroom D Prefunction Area
Registration sponsored by Visit Plano
5:30pm – 7:00pm  Reception – Ballroom G
5:30pm – 8:30pm Silent Auction Fundraiser – Ballroom G
Presenting Sponsor of Silent Auction and Reception: Dallas Cowboys Football Club/AT&T Stadium
7:00pm – 8:30pm Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner – Ballroom D
Presenting Dinner Sponsor: United Airlines
8:30pm – 9:30pm Afterglow – Ballroom G
8:30pm – 9:30pm Silent Auction Checkout/Pickup – Ballroom G Prefunction Area

Attire for the Silent Auction Fundraiser and Unity Dinner is business or business evening attire. 


The Unity Dinner Silent Auction Fundraiser has been reimagined!
This is one auction you don't want to miss!

Funds raised through the Silent Auction are used to support TTIA's advocacy efforts, public policy initiatives, programs and education projects. Support a great cause and return home with some new treasures and experiences!


Here's a template of an invite letter to edit and send to your elected officials, board members, stakeholders and others:

Word Document  |  PDF


Hotel Information:

Host Hotel:
Hilton Austin Hotel
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
TTIA Rate: $249/night (single/double)
Cut-off Deadline: February 27, 2018 (unless sold out prior)
Note: 1st night’s deposit charged upon booking hotel reservation. Guests staying at Hilton Austin will receive a 35% discount on self parking and valet parking.

We Thank Our Sponsors

Presenting Dinner Sponsor

United Airlines

Platinum Sponsors

Austin Convention Center Cowboys

Gold Sponsors

SeaWorld San Antonio   Amarillo CVC

Traders Village    Grapevine CVB

American Airlines

Silver Sponsors

Arlington CVB     Visit Lubbock

South Padre Island     Freeman

Visit Plano

Bronze Sponsor

Phillips Entertainment  Landry's Inc.   Visit Houston

General Sponsor

 Beaumont CVB    First Class Tours

Abilene CVB   Natural Bridge Caverns

Port Royal  Visit Baytown

Fredericksburg CVB Ripley's Entertainment

Hyatt Lost Pines  The Woodlands

El Paso     Fort Worth   Elegant Limo

The Atkins Group  Schlitterbahn  Visit San Antonio


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