Azalea Trails Attract Tourists from Around the World

POSTED: Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:02am

TYLER - People from all over East Texas and beyond are in Tyler to enjoy the 50th Annual Azalea Trails.

City officials are expecting at least 120,000 people to visit the trails over the next three weeks.

Last year there were only 113,000 people visiting Tyler during the festival.

This three week festival is the number one revenue maker for the city each and every year.

This year alone city officials are already estimating the trail will bring in at least two million dollars when everything from hotels to food to sales taxes are included.

So how far are people traveling to see these flowers?

"I guess the furthest I met someone from Canada already that was in out Visitors Center this morning but we've had to come from as far Switzerland, China and even Japan," Justin Turner, the Vice President of Tourism for Tyler says.

If you haven't had a chance to take a tour through the trails yet, don't worry the event will be held for the next two weekends.

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