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Nearly a dozen local attractions are teaming up this month to offer 50 percent off — and a break — to visitors.

With Harvey still fresh in the minds of many, Paulette Kluge, the CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, wanted a way for residents of the recovering Coastal Bend to have some fun.

“After the hurricane, one of the things that I kept hearing was that people need a break,” Kluge said.

Kluge set up the discount after hearing about it from the New Orleans office of the CVB, who offered a similar program after Hurricane Katrina.

When Kluge pitched the idea to local attractions and businesses, many were fast to agree. So far, 10 companies have signed up for the discount, including the Texas State Aquarium, the Lexington Museum on the Bay, Harbor Playhouse and more. Kluge said other places have expressed interest in joining the discount program since the original announcement.

While most people will have to go to a visitors center or the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce to get the wristband needed for the discount, Del Mar students and faculty will not have to go far.

The college is going to offer the wristbands on both campuses for anyone who wants one, with a limit of four per person.

Claudia Jackson, executive director of Strategic Communication and Government Relations for Del Mar, said the CCCVB approached the college to participate in the program.

Alan Arredondo, a small business major, said that while he had just heard of the program, “50 percent off is a great deal.”

“I’ve never been to the aquarium, but now would probably be a good time to go,” Arredondo said. “Plus, it will no doubt be great for people affected by Harvey and don’t have much money.”

HALF OFF

Wristbands can be picked up at:

  • • Harvin Center, Rooms 105, 127, 204, 271 (East Campus)
  • • Student Success Center, St. Clair, Room 111
  • • Coleman Center, Rooms 102, 106 (West Campus)

The following businesses are offering half off through Oct. 31:

  • TX State Aquarium
  • USS Lexington
  • Art Museum of STX
  • STX Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • CC Museum of Science and History
  • Horses on the Beach
  • Japonica Sailing at Harrison’s Landing
  • SegCity Segway Tours
  • Harbor Playhouse
  • Selena Museum

And more planned to come…

For more information, visit www.visitcorpuschristitx.org

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