Galveston Island Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season This Weekend
New Attractions, Replenished Beaches In Store For 2015 Tourism Season
GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (May 21, 2015) – As thousands of visitors flock to Galveston this Memorial Day weekend, the island’s tourism industry will be celebrating the kickoff of what is expected to be a successful summer vacation season.
New attractions, replenished beaches, and growing buzz about Galveston’s tourism offerings are just a few reasons the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is reporting a positive outlook for 2015.
The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is reporting a positive outlook for the 2015 Galveston tourism season, with the industry expected to continue its upward trend. According to an economic impact study conducted by Tourism Economics and released this month, Galveston experienced record visitation in 2014, drawing 5.9 million visitors throughout the year. The island also drew a 5% increase in hotel revenue last year. Over Memorial Day weekend, the CVB expects the island to welcome between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors to kickoff tourism season.
This summer will bring a variety of new attractions to Galveston. On Saturday, Moody Gardens will debut its newest attraction, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, at its Discovery Pyramid. The attraction includes a live, interactive show with costumed SpongeBob characters as well as an “underwater” 4-D film experience. Later this summer, the new Bryan Museum will open in Galveston, showcasing the world’s largest private collection of Southwestern historical artifacts. The museum will showcase 70,000 rare items spanning more than 400 years. For details, visit www.thebryanmuseum.com. Additional new attractions include Galveston Island Brewing brewery tours on the West End and Fantastic Galveston Race downtown.
This summer, Galveston will receive one of the largest beach nourishments in the state. The project will replenish sand on Seawall beaches between 61st and 81st streets, providing additional recreation space, increased protection from storms and a broader habitat for marine life. Already, the beaches at Dellanera RV Park have been replenished, making the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s list of the country’s top five Best Restored Beaches for 2015. The island’s beach parks have also been upgraded with new amenities, such as free DJ entertainment and live concerts to be held at East Beach on weekends May 23-Sept. 5. For details, visit www.galvestonbeachinfo.com.
Hotel & Lodging News
Galveston’s hotel scene is offering several new venues and experiences this summer, including the new Doubletree by Hilton Galveston Beach Hotel that opened in February. In addition, the waterfront Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21 and the Moody Gardens Hotel recently unveiled complete renovations. Early this summer, The San Luis Resort will open five new luxury villas complete with private check-in/out, a private pool area and personal butler service among other lavish amenities.
After being named a spring break hot spot by USA Today this year, Galveston is continuing to receive praise going into the summer. Last month, TripAdvisor named Galveston one of the Top 16 cities in the U.S. for vacation rentals. Earlier this year, Hotel Galvez made OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America while downtown’s Rudy & Paco Restaurant was named on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.