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One of the Texas destinations hit hard by Hurricane Harvey was Port Aransas. The community endured winds of over 132 mph with nearly six feet of storm surge on Aug. 25. It’s a tough town, though. “While Hurricane Harvey caused tremendous damage to Port Aransas and Mustang Island, the residents and businesses of Port A are a strong and resilient community,” says Jeff Hentz, president and CEO of the Port Aransas/Mustang Island Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, a new NTA member. “As this destination is rebuilt over the coming weeks and months, our organization will stand united with city officials, residents and the business community to help return Port A to the beloved vacation destination that millions of visitors choose.” Although the area is perceived as a low-key getaway, it boasts some high-energy festivals and events, including BeachtoberFest, the Whooping Crane Festival and Texas SandFest. Visitors to the island enjoy year-round outdoor activities, includ- ing sport fishing, parasailing, golf, birding and dolphin watching. Tourists often rent golf carts to explore the town’s shops, galleries and restaurants. A few weeks after the hurricane, Hentz told a local newspaper reporter that the storm had a significant short-term impact, “but long-term, there’s going to be an unbelievable rebound.” To keep tabs on the area’s progress, email Hentz at jhentz@port or go to PORT Catch you on the rebound, Port A PLAN YOUR GROUP VISIT TODAY! In the wake of Japan’s attack, American soldiers marched into battle while citizens rallied on the Home Front. In ration lines and victory gardens and factories across the United States, they built an Arsenal of Democracy. Experience how the Home Front supported the front lines and helped win the war—at The Arsenal of Democracy, a new permanent exhibit at The National WWII Museum. #1 Attraction in New Orleans | #4 Museum in the United States – 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 | 877.813.3329 X 222 | NATIONALWW2MUSEUM.ORG 17-0278_GroupSales_AOD_Courier_Ad_7x4.875_NObleed_r3.indd 1 6/30/17 9:48 AM 43