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Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown!

The Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with 25 Lincoln-area attractions and events for its 13th year of the "Be a Tourist" campaign.  The award-winning program kicks off Friday, May 27 and will continue through August 26.

“The passport program and Lincoln’s many great attractions, when partnered with a local dining establishment and hotel overnight stay, make for the perfect getaway as families take a break from their very hectic schedules,” said Jeff Maul, executive director of the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Vacationing in your own community has never been easier. This summer the passport program is full of new experiences with great prizes.”

Participants can pick up a “Be a Tourist” passport at participating Lincoln locations, at the Lincoln Visitors Center (7th& P Streets) or download a copy at www.lincoln.org. Each participating location has a designated spot on the passport which will be stamped when a person visits the location. Participants are encouraged to visit at least 11 of the participating locations and return completed passports for a chance to win one of the prize packages available.

New to the program this year is the second-chance drawing! While getting the passport stamped, participants can ask for a second-chance drawing ticket where they will simply write their name and phone number on the back and place it in the designated container. Participants will receive one ticket per person, per passport stamp. The more places visited, the more chances to win a wonderful surprise prize package.  One winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via phone.

The "Be a Tourist" program has been honored by the Nebraska Division of Travel & Tourism as the Outstanding Tourism Campaign for 2011 and has continued its success year-over-year.

For more information, a complete listing of the prize packages or to obtain a copy of the passport, please contact the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau at (402) 434-5335 or visit the website at www.lincoln.org.