Welcome to Tyler

As Your City Hostesses, we personally welcome newcomers to Tyler and East Texas. Mary Howes, the original City Hostess, began welcoming newcomers to Tyler in 1969. Today, we continue the tradition by introducing newcomers to local businesses (we trade with every business, doctor and handyman in our welcome packet or have approved them for referral). Therefore, the customer-business connection is a positive one.

We provide "newcomers" (anyone new to the area up to two years) with a complimentary Tyler, Texas Welcome Packet full of great resources and gifts! Our goals are to make newcomers feel welcome while helping them become familiar with their new community; and help newcomers before they move, by providing useful links to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Regina Roosth & Martha Alfaro,
Your City Hostesses

The Brook Hill School

Dairy Queen

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System

Express Lawn Sprinklers

EyeCare Associates

Dr. Ron Hammond

Dr. Ron Hammond

Newcomers Club

Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce

Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce

Why do people love Tyler?

"The roses! Also, we love the instant 'at-home' feeling!" --Mallori from Springtown,TX

"Weather, gardening possibilities, cheap cost of living, friendly people, easy to navigate; fresh! Small-town feel with big town amenities." --Kathleen from Anchorage, AK

"It is very beautiful and the people are very friendly." --Jacob & Lauri from Pearland, TX

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Welcome Packet

New to Tyler? We've got some incredible gifts for you! Yummy treats, oil changes, haircuts, gym passes, flowers, coupons, orchestra tickets and more! Get it now!


See our listings of some of Tyler's finest businesses and institutions. Physicians, schools, apartments, restaurants, hotels, vets, jewelers, volunteer opportunities and more!

Things to Do

Family-oriented attractions, museums, historical houses, performing arts, campgrounds and more! Check it out! See also the Chamber's Tourism Map of Tyler.

Free Area Map
Free Gifts Welcome Packet
Free Gifts Welcome Packet