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Date:
November 21, 2008
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Jeff Maul, Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, 434-5343

THINK LINCOLN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
List of events and package deals available at lincoln.org

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has created new event packages to attract visitors to the Capitol City over the holiday season. And the CVB is urging residents to “Think Lincoln for the Holidays” by inviting friends and relatives to visit and enjoy City events, attractions, restaurants and shopping.

“This is a great time to visit Lincoln for the Star City Holiday Parade, athletic events, the visual and performing arts and for some of the best shopping and dining around,” said Jeff Maul, CVB Executive Director. “We’re asking residents to be ambassadors for our community to help us attract visitors. The CVB is helping by providing a complete listing of events as well as a wide variety of event-lodging packages on our Web site, lincoln.org.”

“By putting together these money-saving packages, the CVB is sending the message that your entertainment dollar goes farther in Lincoln, “ said Mayor Chris Beutler. “That’s especially important in these uncertain economic times as many families live with tight budgets.”

Lincoln City Council Chair Robin Eschliman said attracting visitors is very important to maintaining City sales tax revenue, which funds more than 40 percent of the tax-supported budget.

“By helping us attract visitors to our community, you can support City services and have fun at the same time,” Eschliman said. “I hope that this will be one of the biggest years that Lincoln has ever promoted itself as a ‘Holidays in the Hometown’ destination for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.”

Maul said an example of the packages being developed is “Preview, Pillow, Parade.” The package include the Parade Preview Night festivities at Pershing Center the evening of Friday, December 5, lodging at the Cornhusker Marriott and VIP seating for the Star City Holiday Parade the morning of Saturday, December 6. The package prices is $79 (plus tax, double occupancy).

More information on the Star City Holiday Parade is available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov and at www.starcityholidayparade.org.

Maul said the CVB is kicking off the concept over the holidays and plans to continue offering money-saving packages throughout the year. The listing of events on the CVB Web site will include visual and performing arts, athletics, special holiday programs and schedules for local attractions and museums.

Maul also encouraged residents to BUY LINCOLN FIRST this holiday season. Maul said the Chamber of Commerce initially started BUY LINCOLN FIRST as a program to encourage Lincoln businesses to buy local, but it has expanded to the entire community. “If residents shift even 5 percent of their purchases back to local vendors, it can make a big difference in our City’s economy,” he said.


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