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Gov. Perry Thanks TACO for Endorsement

October 27, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Present for the endorsement announcement for Gov. Rick Perry were (from left) Ron Hinkle, TACO Legislative consultant; Gwen Craig, TACO board member from Rayford Crossing RV Resort; Perry; Robert Crockett, TACO board member from Spring Branch RV Resort; and Billy Craig from Rayford Crossing RV Resort.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry thanked has thanked the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) and other travel industry associations for endorsing him in the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

The Texas governor formally thanked the association’s leaders during a press conference Monday (Oct. 25) at the Omni Riverway Hotel in Houston. Gov. Perry was introduced by former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who also endorsed the governor’s re-election, according to a news release.

TACO board members Gwen Craig and Robert Crockett and the association’s legislative consultant, Ron Hinkle, joined members of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) and other tourism associations at the press conference. TACO Executive Director and CEO Brian Schaeffer is a member of TTIA’s board of directors.

“Rick Perry has exhibited great leadership during his tenure as governor and helped the campground industry thrive in the process,” Schaeffer said. “It is a pleasure endorsing Gov. Perry, who has done an excellent job attracting more people to Texas than ever while keeping taxes and fees low.”

TACO represents nearly 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas. Started in 1972 by a group of five campground owners who felt there should be independent marketing and advocacy for the private park industry in Texas. Over the years, TACO has developed a significant consumer facing magazine with a distribution of 250,000, the most widely used website for RV parks and campgrounds in Texas, along with a presence in Austin to ensure a positive consumer experience. The association also promotes Texas campgrounds in over 25 RV shows in the U.S. and Canada.

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