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Galveston expects bump in visitors with new attraction

Courtesy Landry’s Inc.

GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston Island, Texas, which is already drawing a growing number of groups, will see an even greater increase in tourism with the opening of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a new $60 million amusement park and tourism destination.

Galveston Island reported a 17 percent increase in tour-related visits over the past Memorial Day weekend, a traditional kickoff to the Texas resorts vacation season.

That coincided with the soft opening of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The new attraction offers 1,130 feet of rides, amusements, dining, shops and fun for groups visiting the island. Several hotels are located within an easy stroll.

Groups can select from eight spots to eat, among them the signature Landrys Seafood and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

“Galveston Island has developed as a group-friendly destination, and we hear from groups that book a trip to the island on a regular basis,” said Tammy Knox of the Group Travel Family.

The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau has produced an outreach to the group travel planner market that has increased awareness of the destination. The island is best known for 32 miles of beach and one of the largest and best preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States.

Group travel planners can contact Sheri Teller of the Galveston Island CVB at 409-797-5150 or For information on Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, contact 409-766-4920 or