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Letter From Dallas: Vital Stats

Number of people who moved to Dallas-Fort Worth between 2006 and 2007... Annual visitors to the metro area... Amount they spend...

Number of people who moved to Dallas-Fort Worth between 2006 and 2007: More than 162,000

Annual visitors to the metro area: 22.3 million

Amount they spend: $7.4 billion

Rank among most-visited U.S. cities: 10th

Number of hotel rooms: More than 65,000

Occupancy rate: 60.3 percent

- One in 10 Dallas workers is employed in the hospitality industry.

- The frozen margarita was invented in Dallas in 1971 when restaurateur Mariano Martinez mixed the tequila cocktail in a soft-serve ice-cream machine.

- Southfork Ranch of “Dallas,” the prime-time soap that stereotyped the city as the land of big hair and brash wealth, is still a popular tourist attraction and event space.

- Wolfgang Puck will open his first Dallas restaurant next spring atop Reunion Tower, the 50-story globe that is considered a symbol of the city.

SOURCES: DALLAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU; AIRLINE QUALITY RATINGS; FORBESTRAVELER.COM; U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, TEXAS ALMANAC
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