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Landry's, Inc. Received TTIA Heritage Award

Thursday, October 13, 2016  
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Landry’s, Inc. Recognized with Heritage Award

For Contributions to Texas’ Travel Industry


(Austin, TX), October 13, 2016 – In honor of their contributions to the travel and tourism industry in Texas, the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) presented its Heritage Award to Landry’s, Inc. on Oct. 11 during the association’s 31st Annual Texas Travel Summit held in Houston. The Heritage Award recognizes and honors outstanding businesses and organizations that have enriched the heritage of and made a lasting, positive imprint on the Texas travel industry by demonstrating a history of exceptional achievement, exemplary business practices, innovative corporate culture, and a commitment of excellence to their customers and their community. 


"Landry's has long been a leader in the Texas Travel industry with a dedication to providing excellent customer service and unforgettable experiences," said TTIA President & CEO David Teel. "They welcome Texas visitors in a big way and have grown from one seafood restaurant in Katy, Texas, in 1980 to more than 500 properties that include 40 unique brands we all know and love."  


Landry's restaurant brands include Landry's Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick's, Rainforest Café and many more. Their entertainment districts are some of Texas' iconic stops, including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium, and Tower of the Americas. And their hotels ensure Texas visitors a good night's rest at some of the finest properties that include The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, The Boardwalk Inn at Kemah, and The Westin Houston Downtown. 


“With over 105 Texas locations and growing, including the only amusement destinations located on the Texas Gulf Coast, Landry’s offerings are unmatched making it a leader in the travel industry,” said Tilman Fertitta, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “My vision for our iconic properties has always been to create ideal family destinations that include memorable experiences for everyone. Our entertainment concepts are distinctive and appealing to the millions of tourists that visit our hotels, restaurants and attractions on an annual basis. We look forward to continuing this excitement for generations to come.”


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Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Mitchell’s Fish Market Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro’s Restaurants. Landry’s also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Willie G's and others. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.


The Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) is a non-profit organization made up of businesses, organizations, associations and individuals dedicated to developing Texas tourism to its fullest potential. TTIA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Texas by strengthening travel and tourism. For more information about the Texas Travel Industry Association, visit or contact the office in Austin at (512) 328-8842.

Photographs of the awards ceremony: (Tilman Fertitta and David Teel) (Tilman Fertitta)

A video presentation is also available at TTIA’s YouTube Channel at