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Killen’s BBQ Responses provided by Kim Sinistore of the Pearland CVB San Angelo What makes San Angelo a great destination? Pearland is a great desti- nation for groups. We pair more affordable Pearland hotels and local charm with Houston’s big-city attrac- tions just minutes away. San Angelo offers groups the opportunity to experi- ence frontier history and to dive into a modern and vibrant city. PEARLAND Why is Pearland such a great place? What is a can’t-miss culinary experience? Pearland is home to three concept restaurants—Killen’s Steakhouse, Killen’s BBQ and Killen’s Burgers—created by execu- tive chef and Pearland native, Ronnie Killen. What are other must-visit local spots? BAKFISH Brewing Company and King’s Biergarten & Restaurant also are popular. Plus, you have the Sri Meenakshi temple in Pearland, which is the only Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi off the shores of India. What insider knowledge would help a tour operator package your area? International Water Lily Collection Responses provided by Suzanna Aguirre of the San Angelo CVB What are three popular history attractions? Pearland Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, home to the famous 10th Cavalry Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers from the Indian Wars era; The Cactus Hotel, the fourth hotel built by Conrad Hilton; and Angelo Civic Theatre, the oldest continuous community theater in Texas. If I have friends visiting from out of town, I always take them to … See the International Water Lily Collection What insider knowledge would help a tour operator package your area? Plan for a three- to five-day stay in Pearland, which would allow enough time to experience our amenities and take day trips to nearby Houston attractions. San Angelo has diverse themed tours on history, arts, culture, reli- gion and agriculture, and we also partner with surrounding cities. For example, we set up tours in Christoval (20 minutes away) at their winery, hummingbird habitat and monastery. To learn more, contact Sinistore at ksinistore@pearlandtx.gov or go to visitpearland.com. To learn more, contact Aguirre at suzanna@sanangelo.org or go to discoversanangelo.org. NTAonline.com 39