LINCOLN — Here's how Nebraska attractions can get on the map next year.
Nebraska Tourism is accepting applications for its 2013 Passport program. The program encourages travelers to visit attractions across Nebraska, collect stamps at participating stops and earn prizes.
Last year, the program's 80 stops were divided into special-interest tours such as wineries, restaurants, festivals, culture, parks, family fun and unique accommodations. The number of stops for next year and the tour categories will be determined later.
Any tourism-related businesses may apply for a spot on the 2013 Nebraska Passport by completing the application at industry.visitnebraska.org and emailing it to Shannon Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Applications also may be faxed to 402-471-3026 or mailed to the Nebraska Tourism Commission, Passport Program, 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509-8907.
Participating in the program provides businesses and attractions with exposure to new visitors, Peterson said. In a follow-up survey, 98 percent of this year's participants said they visited at least one Nebraska attraction they otherwise wouldn't have stopped at because it was a passport stop.
More than 19,976 households participated in the program this year, and 192 passports were submitted for prizes.
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