On Wednesday's edition of Lubbock's First News John Osboure, CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, (LEDA) Market Lubbock and Visit Lubbock, talked with Chad and Rex about the effects tourism has on city of Lubbock.

This week is National Tourism and Travel Week, in which many Lubbock museums and attractions are participating. Osborne said that the tourism business plays a significant  role in the city's economy.

Interestingly, most people don't realize how big tourism is in Lubbock. But [Lubbock is] the 6th most traveled destination among the top 26 Texas cities.

Osborne said that tourists are continuing to visit Lubbock in record numbers, despite the rising gas prices. He also said that the increase of events coming to Lubbock, such as sporting event and religious conferences, are also drawing in more visitors.

According to Osborne, some of the most popular attractions in Lubbock are the Buddy Holly Museum, the Wind Power Museum, and the Ranching Heritage Center. The Science Spectrum, Silent Wings Museum and Texas Tech University are also popular attractions.