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Listen In, Lubbock: How tourism affects Far West Texas

The entrance to the Terlingua Ghost Town.
Hannah Gentiles
For Marfa Public Radio
The entrance to the Terlingua Ghost Town.

Big Bend National Park has seen a record number of visitors in the past year. While that’s been good for the local tourism industry, it’s also put some strain on the tiny towns of far West Texas. How do towns balance what travelers want and what residents need? Travis Bubenik from Marfa Public Radio joins us this week on "Listen In, Lubbock."

Travis Bubenik, Marfa Public Radio

Helpful links:
In the Big Bend’s booming tourism industry, some raise concerns about taxes used to promote more tourism from Marfa Public Radio

Big Bend National Park Number of Visitors Reaches All-Time Record from Marfa Public Radio

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Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.