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'Tourism Week' isn't just for out-of-towners

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"I am just as guilty as the next local resident." said Brenda Leisy, Director of the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau. "I've lived here for two years, and of course I've been to the Wildcat Hills, but I actually went for my first hike this weekend. I hikes for five miles, and I am feeling it a little bit today." 

From the Wildcat Hills to the bone beds of Agate fossil, western Nebraska is full of hidden gems and neat spots creating a draw for tourists.
And this week, special emphasis will be put on all of western Nebraska's hot spots, as a part of national Travel and Tourism week

Brenda Leisy, Director of the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau, says tourists don't have to be from out of town, locals can be tourists too, here in their own back yard.

"That's the thing that we don't realize," she says. "We know that the Wildcat Hills are here, we know that the Riverside Discovery Center is there, but we don't go see them. And that's why its so important for our locals to under stand what there is to do around here."

Leisy says her recent trip to the Wildcats made her realize how important it is for locals to get out and tour the attractions in their own back yard.

"Because now I am so excited about hiking, I just want to ell everyone how exciting it is, and how much fun it really was to be able to stay home, but yet still be able to go out and do something exciting."

Activities will be held throughout the week for Travel and Tourism Week:

 Tuesday, May 6th – Wear Red for Tourism Day

-10:00 a.m. - Western Neb. Regional Airport
Unveiling new information racks

- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Hampton Inn & Suites
Free Cookout in parking lot
Visit with World Rodeo Champion Dean Gorsuch

Wednesday, May 7

- 9:00 to Noon -
Tourism Toolkit Tour for Frontline employees
Board the bus at Gering Civic Center parking lot
Call 308.633.1808 to sign up today!

- Noon - 1:00 p.m. - Gering Business Club picnic lunch
At Scotts Bluff National Monument picnic area
$8 per person, reservations – call 308.436.6886

Thursday, May 8th

- Kick-off the 2014 Nebraska Passport Program & free gift
Victory Hill Farm
Riverside Discovery Center
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Wildcat Hills Nature Center
Agate Fossil Beds -Harrison

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