Texas Travel Industry Recovery Program

Jul 06, 2022

The Office of the Governor announced the launch of a new recovery program, the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR), which will begin accepting applications July 6, 2022. The purpose of this program is to provide grants to Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry that were negatively impacted due to COVID-19.
The TTIR program will issue a one-time grant of up to $20,000 to eligible Texas businesses in the following industries: arts, entertainment, and recreation; food services and drinking places; traveler accommodation; RV parks and recreational camps; traveler arrangement and reservation services; convention and tradeshow organizers; breweries; wineries; and distilleries.
Applications will be accepted in phases by industry group. Below is a listing of application timelines, based on business NAICS code.
Application Timelines:
• Category 1 – July 6 to July 31, 2022: NAICS 312120, 312130, 312140, 5615, 561920, and 7212
• Category 2 – August 1 to August 21, 2022: NAICS 71
• Category 3 – August 22 to September 11, 2022: NAICS 7211
• Category 4 – September 12 to October 2, 2022: NAICS 722
• Category 5 – If funds remain after the first four phases a fifth phase will revisit any unfunded applications to award the remaining funds.
The Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office will host a series of webinars for specific industry groups to provide more information and answer questions on the program and application process. To register for the webinars and for eligibility and grant application details, deadlines, and more, click the link below.
Applications will be accepted through the TTIR Program Portal beginning July 6, 2022, in accordance with application timelines by industry grouping.
The Texas travel and tourism industry is vital to this state's economy, creating jobs and injecting dollars into local communities. We encourage you to share this information with your network so that this important industry can continue its recovery and expansion.


Nov 10, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carol Hebert, Public Affairs Manager
PHONE: 409.985.1461
EMAIL: carol.hebert@valero.com


Port Arthur, Texas, November 10, 2021 —Valero’s Port Arthur Refinery distributed $1,000,000 to local charities from funds raised through the Valero Texas Open (VTO) and Valero Benefit for Children (BFC).

This year the tournament and associated events, including the BFC, raised more than $16 million in net proceeds for charitable organizations across the U.S., including those in the Port Arthur area. The tournament is ranked #1 in charitable giving on the PGA TOUR this year.

“Valero is honored to be part of the tournament’s legacy of giving back through the generous support of our business partners and sponsors,” said Joe Gorder, Valero Chairman and CEO. “With our long-standing relationship through the BFC, the tournament has helped raise more than $187 million for charities, positively impacting many lives in the communities where we operate across the United States,” added Gorder.

“We’re driven to make a difference for our community,” said Mark Skobel, Vice President and General Manager of the Valero Port Arthur Refinery. “We’re proud to continue supporting these agencies and all they do to improve children’s lives in Southeast Texas.”


The 2021 Valero Benefit for Children local recipients are:

• Beaumont Children’s Museum
• Boy Scouts of America
• Boys’ Haven
• Capland Speech Therapy Center
• CASA of Southeast Texas
• Christus Foundation – Children’s Miracle Network
• Communities in Schools of Southeast Texas
• Crime Stoppers – Student Campus Conference
• Family Services of Southeast Texas
• Garth House, Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy Program
• Girl Scouts
• Girls’ Haven
• Make-A-Wish
• Port Arthur ISD
• Richard L. Shorkey Education and Rehabilitation Center
• Sabine Pass ISD
• Samaritan Counseling Center
• YMCA of Southeast Texas
The VTO is poised to celebrate its 100th anniversary March 28- April 4, 2022.

About Valero

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and it owns 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.2 million barrels per day and 12 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 1.6 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. Valero is also a joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel, which owns and operates a renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana. Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest biomass-based diesel plant. Valero sells its products in the wholesale rack or bulk markets in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Latin America. Approximately 7,000 outlets carry Valero’s brand names. Please visit www.investorvalero.com for more information.

About Valero in the Community Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), and the Valero Energy Foundation are committed to improving the quality of life in communities where Valero has major operations. Valero, its employees and the foundation collectively generate more than $58 million in charitable support through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteerism. Valero employees have donated more than 249,000 volunteer hours since 2016 for hundreds of projects in their communities. The foundation provides funding to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services supporting education, basic human needs, health care and civic projects. Through the overwhelming support of sponsors, the foundation’s signature programs, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, generated more than $16 million in net proceeds in 2021 for charities across the United States.


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