A tradition first started in 1984, the first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism is a $759 billion industry that generates a total of $1.8 trillion in economic output in the United States.

To help wrap up National Tourism Week, which runs from May 7-15, the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 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 “Be A Tourist” program is very simple.  Participants can pick up a passport at sites located around the community, including the participating Lincoln attractions and the Visitor Center (7th and P Streets).  It can also be downloaded at www.lincoln.org. Each attraction has a designated spot on the passport which will be stamped when a person visits the attraction.  Participants are asked to visit at least 6 of the participating locations and then turn in completed passports for a chance of winning one of the many fabulous prize packages!  The more you visit…the better the prizes!  Prizes will be awarded during a celebration held at the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

For a complete listing of the prize packages, please see Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s website www.lincoln.org.