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28th Annual Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner
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When: March 21, 2018
Where: Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Jennifer Roush


Unity Dinner 2018


Unity 2018

Join Us for the 2018 Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner
March 21, 2018 | Austin

Unity in our country, state and industry has never been more important, making the Texas Travel Industry Association's 2018 Unity Dinner a pivotal event. We look forward to you joining us as we share, celebrate and reinforce our unity as a decisive strength of our industry and with our state and local policy makers. Register now to show your support for unity in Texas!

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

Gary P. NunnGary P. Nunn is an iconic Texas country music legend who's made a big impact on the Lone Star music scene for more than four decades. He has been named an "Official Ambassador to the World" by Texas Governor Mark White and the "Music Ambassador of Texas" by Governor Rick Perry. In 2004, Nunn was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, and has joined the likes of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and Bob Wills in the West Texas Walk of Fame. Gary P. Nunn's classic song "What I Like About Texas" inspired TTIA's #WhatILikeAboutTexas campaign.

Kam FranklinKam Franklin is the lead vocalist for the gulf coast soul band, The Suffers. She has been publicly singing since age 5, and she is a 3-time recipient of the Houston Press Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. She has performed with The Houston Symphony, and she has been featured in Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, and Nylon for her unique sense of style. With The Suffers, she has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She is also a very active participant in the Houston music scene. She has put on multiple events that have featured up and coming acts from around the Houston area, and she is always coming up with new and creative ways to represent the city while performing with The Suffers around the world.

Gary 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.  

Photo of Kam Franklin: Credit Daniel Jackson


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.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

4:00pm – 7:00pm Unity Dinner Registration
5:15pm – 7:15pm Legislator Registration
5:30pm - 7:00pm  Reception
6:00pm – 8:30pm Silent Auction Fundraiser
7:00pm – 8:30pm Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner
8:30pm – 9:30pm Afterglow

Thursday, March 22, 2018

9:00am - 10:30am - Salon AB, 4th Floor of Hilton Austin Hotel
Join us at our new informational forum where a panel of state and local officials, as well as association executives will discuss and answer questions regarding the uses of Texas' hotel occupancy tax. (Open to all attendees; seating is first come, first serve)

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

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

Word Document  |  PDF

Tables (seats 10 people):

NEW – Preferred Table (For Members): $2,000/table (limited number of tables that are in prime locations)
Member Tables: $1,295/table
Non-Member Tables: $1,595/table


Note: All Guest Names must be submitted to TTIA by Noon March 9. To send in guest names only, please complete the TABLE GUEST FORM.

Individual seats:

Member - $159/seat 
Non-member - $189/seat 


Cancellation Policy:
Full refund until 5 p.m. on February 21, 2018. No refunds after this date. This cancellation policy helps us ensure the most accurate counts possible for the event. For questions regarding the cancellation policy, please contact the TTIA office at 512-328-8842.

Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner Raffle
A random drawing will be held on March 21, 2018 at the Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner in Austin, Texas. Raffle tickets are $20 each and you need not be present to win. 

Raffle items include:

• 10 suite tickets to a 2018 Houston Rockets home game at the Toyota Center (based on availability)
• 2 Roundtrip Southwest Airlines E-Passes Valid to a Destination within the Continental United States
• 16 seats in a suite and 4 parking passes for a 2018 San Antonio Spurs home game (based on availability)
• 10 seats in a suite at either the 2018 April or November NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway (based on availability)
•  Two-night stay at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California 


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.
To make reservations, go to

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

General Sponsor

 Beaumont CVB    First Class Tours

Abilene CVB   Natural Bridge Caverns

Port Royal  Visit Baytown

Fredericksburg CVB


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