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I. The Role of the Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce was created in 1932 to lead the effort in advancing commerce and the quality of life in Edinburg and the region. In April 2001 the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a motion allowing a divisional name change from the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce - Tourism Division to what's now called the Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Hidalgo County is the location of twenty-six municipalities and has a population of nearly 543,000. Geographically, the county ranges, from farm lands and pasturelands to busy city landscapes. The county is served by HWY 281 (future I-69), HWY 83 and numerous state highways. It is also the home of University of Texas-Pan American.

The scenic beauty and the abundant natural resources, with near by water-ways, South Padre Island and shopping in Mexico attract visitors to our area. Edinburg is the first major city visitors see when entering the Rio Grande Valley as they come in from HWY 281. The natural setting and the quality of life gives Edinburg an advantage of untapped tourism potential.

Visitor Center Location
Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
602 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Satellite Tourist Information Center
Museum of South Texas History
121 East McIntyre
Edinburg, Texas 78539


Primary funding for the Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau is through an overnight accommodations tax in the City of Edinburg. The city approved annual budget is set every fiscal year which runs October 1st through September 30th. Other income is derived through state assistance programs when available, and cooperative marketing programs.

The responsibility of the Edinburg Chamber/CVB operation rests within an eighteen member Board of Directors. The Chamber's operation is guided by a set of bylaws and policies that are developed by the Board of Directors and implemented by the President and the Chamber/CVB staff. The Chamber/CVB staff is comprised of six full-time paid positions which include President, Director of Tourism, Director of Marketing, Director of Membership, Executive Assistant and a receptionist.

II. Tourism Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide leadership in initiating as well as coordinating the marketing of Edinburg throughout the world as a highly desirable vacation and convention destination; to solicit and serve conventions and other related group business; and to engage in visitor promotions which generate overnight stays for Edinburg , thereby, enhancing and developing the economic fabric of the community.

III. Quality of life
Edinburg .... an area that offers a unique cultural experience including historical landmarks, museums, attractions, outdoor recreation and exceptional scenic beauty. Festivals and events are held year-round in celebration of Edinburg's link to the great outdoors. Visitors enjoy the sub-tropical environment, friendly southern hospitality, and an abundant supply of natural resources.

IV. Tourism - Where are we going?
The Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau must continue to be recognized as a viable entity, not only in the Texas travel industry, but also as a marketing strength in the Rio Grande Valley. In order to achieve this goal, there are many projects, programs and activities that need the participation and support of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. In addition to many projects that we must do on a daily basis to stay competitive in the marketplace, the Chamber/CVB will continue to develop and innovative such projects and programs.

  • Tourism Marketing: Major emphasis will be placed on efforts to attract more interest from markets; Winter Texan's, Wholesale Tour Market, Motor-Coach, Travel Agents and Nature Tourism.

  • Conventions: Although the marketing efforts are high priority on the state and regional meeting market, major emphasis will be placed on securing meeting and events which will occupy additional sleeping rooms in Edinburg.

  • Media: A great deal of time will be devoted to increasing Edinburg, Texas regional, national and international exposure. Additional emphasis will be placed on Canadian and Mexican Visitor Marketing. Film Inducement, Sports Events Promotions, Hotel/Motel/Campground Promotion and Festivals Promotion.

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