Houston Community News >> Houston Becomes Latest Destination to Offer CityPass

6/18/2008 Houston-- Houstonians of international fame such as singer and actress Beyonce Knowles are no longer the only ones touting Houston as a tourist destination. The United States tourist program known as CityPass has just added the Space City as its 11th destination to offer the CityPass traveler packages.

CityPass offers discount package deals to various attractions within a city in an effort to encourage increased and more cost effective tourism. Houston becomes the only city within the Southwestern United States to participate in this program.

Judging by the reviews the city is getting it seems tourism may be set to increase exponentially in the coming years. This week the finance advice and business forecasting firm Kiplinger named Houston the number one city to live, work and play in the United States.

Traffic statistics from the Houston Airport System (HAS) indicate more than 17 million travelers have already passed through the city during the first four months of 2008. Last year, total passenger traffic for HAS reached a record high of 52 million.

Airport director Rick Vacar believes the new program will help the city increase its visitors even beyond the 80 million travelers a year that are expected to pass through the local airports by the year 2020.

“As the gateway to the city we always get inquiries about what there is to do in Houston. Now with CityPass we can not only inform them about where to go, but also about how to save money,” he notes.

“We are confident Houston tourism will increase and that is good for business.”

The program may prove especially useful to those dealing with record high gas prices as many media sources and polls are revealing that Americans are now having to be more frugal when traveling.

“I think that this is a very good opportunity for our travelers who come to Houston,” says Rick Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System. “This program will give travelers the opportunity to experience the rich culture of our city.”

In Houston, the CityPass tourist will be able visit several attractions around the city such as the Johnson Space Center, the Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Zoo, the George Ranch Historical Park, as well as various museums in the Museum District. Houston CityPass debuted on May 13, 2008

By using the CityPass people who travel to Houston will be able to save nearly half the cost of visiting the most popular city attractions. The pocket size booklet that is distributed as part of the program allows travelers to avoid most lines. The book also contains admission tickets, transportation information, attraction details, and discount and offer coupons. The program allows you to visit six attractions at the cost of $34.00 for adults and $24.00 for children.

Once you start using the CityPass you have nine days to visit all of the attractions in the program. The passes are available for use anytime of day the attraction is open.

The CityPass program has been adopted in several cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto.

The Houston CityPass is now available online at www.citypass.com