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  • The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, larger than the island of Manhattan, is one of the busiest airports in the world with some 2,300 flights per day.
  • Texas ranks second behind California as a pleasure travel destination for U.S. residents.
  • The population of Texas is 21 million, not including the 16 million cattle.
  • 70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin.
  • Texas possesses three of the Top Ten most populous cities in the U.S. - Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
  • One in ten Dallas area workers is employed by the hospitality industry.
  • Dallas is less than four hours away by scheduled air from the major cities in the three nations of Canada, Mexico and the United States; no other city offers that convenience!
  • DFW International Airport has more active runway space than all the major airports in Japan combined.
  • Dallas has the only hotel in Texas with a Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond rating for both the hotel facility and restaurant. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has the only AAA five-diamond hotel in Texas and as many AAA four-diamond hotels as any city in the nation.
  • Dallas is the third-most popular domestic business travel destination in America.
  • The Dallas Metro area is the #1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents - 5,221,801 - than 31 U.S. states. For example, Arizona has about 5.1 million residents.
  • Dallas has more domestic non-stop flights from DFW International Airport than any city in the nation.
  • The Dallas area annually receives $7.4 billion dollars from visitors -- 25.4% of the total for the entire state of Texas.
  • Metropolitan Dallas has more hotels than New York City.
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport offers 28 international non-stop locations served daily by 60 flights. International flights have increased 69% in the past four years.
  • The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau operates at no cost to Dallas taxpayers.
  • Dallas' Love Field is considered one of the premier "close-in" airports in the nation, and is home base for Southwest Airlines, the nation's least-complained-about airline for six years running.
  • There are 122,000 jobs in the Dallas metro area related to the hospitality industry. This number represents more local jobs than American Airlines' AMR Corp, Texas Instruments, Dallas Public Schools, City of Dallas, US Postal Service, Baylor Health Care System, EDS, and the JCPenney Company combined.
  • The top two airlines for quality of service are both headquartered in the Dallas area - American Airlines at DFW International Airport and Southwest Airlines at Love Field Airport.
  • Dallas-area hotels provide visitors with a wide diversity of lodging options and a choice of more than 65,000 hotel rooms.

Famous natives and residents

  • Robert Bass - financier
  • Mark Brooks - golfer
  • Betty Buckley - singer and actress
  • Kate Capshaw - actress
  • Ornette Coleman - composer
  • Sandra Haynie - golfer
  • Patricia Highsmith - writer
  • Spanky McFarland - actor
  • R. Bruce Merrifield - Nobelist in chemistry
  • Roger Miller - singer
  • Fess Parker - actor
  • Bill Paxton - actor
  • Rex Reed - critic
  • Johnny Rutherford - auto racer
  • Liz Smith - columnist
  • Red Adair - fireman oil well fires
  • Alvin Ailey - choreographer
  • Mary Kay Ash - cosmetics entrepreneur
  • Steven Fuller Austin - founding father of Texas
  • Gene Autry - singer actor
  • Kathy Baker - actress
  • Clyde Barrow - outlaw
  • Carol Burnett - comedienne
  • Cyd Charisse - actress, dancer
  • Henry Cisneros - politician
  • Denton A. Cooley - heart surgeon
  • Joan Crawford - actress
  • Robert Dennard - inventor
  • Dwight David Eisenhower - U.S. president, general
  • A. J. Foyt - auto racer
  • Larry Hagman - actor
  • Ben Hogan - golfer
  • Buddy Holly - musician
  • Howard Hughes - industrialist, film producer
  • Jack Johnson - boxer
  • Lyndon B. Johnson - U.S. president
  • Michael Johnson - olympic sports
  • George Jones - singer
  • Janis Joplin - blues singer
  • Tommy Lee Jones - actor
  • Trini Lopez - singer
  • Mary Martin - singer, actress
  • Roger Miller - singer, songwriter
  • Spanky McFarland - actor
  • Audie Murphy - actor, war hero
  • Willie Nelson - singer
  • Chester Nimitz - admiral
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - jurist
  • Roy Orbison - singer
  • Buck Owens - singer
  • Bonnie Parker - outlaw
  • H. Ross Perot - philanthropist
  • Katherine Anne Porter - author
  • Wiley Post - aviator
  • Dan Rather - TV newscaster
  • Robert Rauschenberg - painter
  • Tex Ritter - singer
  • Gene Roddenberry - screenwriter
  • Tabitha Soren - TV journalist
  • Rip Torn - actor, director
  • Ernest Tubb - country music
  • Tommy Tune - dancer, choreographer
  • Kathy Whitworth - golfer
  • Dooley Wilson - actor, musician
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias - athlete, golfer

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