Approaching holiday season lures more visitors to Galveston, Houston

Published on : Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Galveston, HoustonThe Christmas Holiday Season preparation is going on in full swing on the Texas Gulf Coast, with residents gearing up to decorate their homes with festive lights. Retailers are also tempting people with exciting sale offers.

For getting a real slice of the holiday spirit, head to Galveston, Texas, near Houston. It’s one of the oldest cities in the state, with pristine beaches, Victorian-era homes and a festive downtown shopping district.

Galveston was known as the “Wall Street of the Southwest” in the 19th Century because of its pre-eminence as a commercial center for the state.

Last year, more than 6.5 million travelers visited Galveston, spending 780 million U.S. dollars and generating a 1.1 billion dollars impact to the local economy.

“Galveston has continued to develop new reasons for travelers to visit almost on a yearly basis,” according to Kelly de Schaun, executive director of Galveston CVB. She added, “More and more people are discovering that Galveston is much more than a beach destination, from our many unique attractions and historic sites to our vibrant culinary, arts and entertainment scenes.” Many tourists are also taking to the seas on cruise ships, embarking on voyages to Mexico and the Caribbean and beyond.

As a well-known port city in America, Galveston has plans of several new cruise ships and schedules in 2018, including the addition of a second Royal Caribbean ship as well as the newest ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.

The Port of Galveston is Texas’ only cruise port and the premier cruise port in the Gulf of Mexico. It also ranks as the fourth-busiest cruise port in North America and one of the top 10 cruise homeports in the world.

Cruise tourists have grown considerably since 2014, with Asian passengers representing a growing part of the crowd.

With the beginning of the Christmas holiday season, Galveston is offering fun-filled activities for visitors, both young and old. One of the biggest holiday events is Dickens on The Strand, which kicks off the first weekend in December.

This annual festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carollers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and other entertainers.

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