Bryan and College Station once again battled it out in the aisles for shopping supremacy.
For the second straight year, the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the Tourism Savings Showdown.
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski and College Station Mayor Pro Tem Dave Ruesink dashed through the new Bryan HEB trying to fill their carts with $800 worth of groceries in ten minutes
Bienski repeated as champion of the event by coming the closest to $800, stashing about $500 in groceries. Both men's hauls were then donated to the Brazos Valley Food Bank courtesy of the CVB.
“The real winner in this is the Brazos Valley Food Bank, who we were happy to help out.” Bienski said in a statement.
Tourism in Texas brings in $7.6 billion in local, federal and state tax receipts -- or about $800 in tax revenue per household -- according to the state.
“Last year, the event was very successful and everyone had so much fun that we had to bring it back,” CVB Executive Director Shannon Overby said in the statement. “It’s a great way for the two cities to engage in a little friendly competition that educates the community about the benefits of tourism.”
May is National Tourism Month.
Photo courtesy of the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau