The bucks are bigger in Texas

Their governor may be on the road to the White House, but in the meantime, Texans are concentrating their efforts on luring Canadians down to the Lone Star State, with a very attractive discount program.

Yes, “Buckaroo Bucks” are back, offering , as they say in Texas, a huge heap of travel savings for Canadians heading south this winter. The Texas Department of Economic Development is once again sponsoring the statewide travel savings program, designed exclusively for Canadians.

Valid between October 1, 1999 – March 31, 2000, this year’s booklet features a wealth of coupons and values, with offers ranging from Canadian dollars at par to percentage discounts and added-value packages. With the loonie sitting at around 67 cents these days, the par value deals are especially attractive.

Nine properties throughout the state are accepting Canadian dollars at par, including the Dallas Grand Hotel, Columbia Lakes Resort (golf resort), Hudson House Motel, Rodeway Inn, Super 8 Motel, and select locations at chains including Days Inn, Comfort Inn and Ramada. Other accommodation discounts offer up to 50 percent off, additional nights free, and special room rates starting a$49 US. The program also covers attractions, restaurants, shopping outlets, golf courses and car rental companies.

Whether or not it’s the Buckaroo Bucks, snowbirds are migrating to Texas in increasing numbers. According to Texas Tourism department figures, Canadian visitors increased by 58 percent last year.