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National Tourism Week / Be A Tourist In Your Own Home Town

National Tourism Week/Be A Tourist in Your Own Home Town!

The first week in May is recognized annually as National Travel and Tourism Week. This tradition began in 1984 to recognize the impact of tourism on the economy of the United States.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is America’s number one services export generating a total of $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.  To help celebrate National Tourism Week, which runs from May 3-11, the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is offering a vacation alternative for Lincoln area residents looking for savings in their travel budget. 

Why not "Be a Tourist" in your hometown?

The Lincoln CVB is partnering with 32 Lincoln area attractions, locally owned restaurants and events in its eleventh year of the "Be a Tourist" Campaign.  To coincide with National Tourism Week, the award winning program kicks off May 5 and will continue through August 29.

“Parents often search the internet and travel magazines each year to find that perfect vacation, yet there are so many great opportunities right here in Lincoln.  The passport program and Lincoln’s many great attractions, when partnered with a local dining establishment and hotel overnight, makes for the perfect getaway just minutes from home!” said Jeff Maul, Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.

The "Be A Tourist" program is simple.  Participants can pick up a passport at participating Lincoln passport stops, the Lincoln Visitors Center (7th and P streets), and can also be downloaded at Each location has a designated spot on the passport which will be stamped when a person visits the location.  Participants are asked to visit at least six of the locations and turn in completed passports for a chance of winning one of the many prize packages.

A random drawing from all turned in, completed passports will be held at the end of the program.  Winners will be notified by phone and prizes awarded during a celebration held in September.  For a complete listing of the prize packages, or to obtain a copy of the passport, visit  after May 5.  The "Be A Tourist" program has been honored by the Nebraska Division of Travel & Tourism as the Outstanding Tourism Campaign for 2011.

For more information, contact the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau at 402-434-5335 or go to the website at