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In recognition of travel and tourism's tremendous economic, social and cultural impact in Bucks County, the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (BCCVB) and numerous area businesses have teamed up to offer the third annual "Discover Bucks: Be A Tourist In Your Own County" program. This year-long community awareness event begins May 1, 2002.

"Be a Tourist in Your Own County" is promoted through the "Passport to Bucks County Savings" coupon booklet spotlighting participating area attractions and businesses, who offer special incentives throughout the month of May, in recognition of National Tourism Month. Additional coupons contain extended offers valid throughout the year. The cost of a Bucks County Passports is $10, and each Passport is good for up to four people. The Passport features great savings at local attractions, historic sites, restaurants, shops and lodging facilities.

The objective of the program is to familiarize residents with all that Bucks County offers . . . all the things that make Bucks County such a popular tourist destination. "This is the perfect opportunity for Bucks County residents to discover their own county," says Keith Toler, Executive Director of the BCCVB. "We want to make residents aware of all the wonderful things right here in the county, and turn them into ambassadors of tourism so they can spread the word to others." Passport purchasers can experience the many treasures of Bucks County with savings at over 40 locations! A complete list of participating locations can be found at www.buckstravel.net. "This program benefits both residents and businesses throughout the county," adds Toler. "We encourage residents to simply have a great time 'touring' close to home while enjoying tremendous discounts."

If an organization purchases 50 or more Passports, the cost is only $6 each, making the coupon booklet a great fundraising item for local schools or other groups in the community. For more information on fundraising opportunities, contact Linda Dougherty at (215) 345-4552 ext. 111.

Be A Tourist In Your Own County information and online Passport sales are available at www.buckstravel.net, the program's website, produced by BucksNet, one of the program sponsors. Passports can also be purchased at the following locations: AAA Mid-Atlantic, Courier Times, Bucks County Board of Realtors, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation (Core Creek office), New Hope Visitors Center, Shady Brook Farm, Oak Grove Country Inn, Philadelphia School of Bible, Newtown Exchange Club, Pearl S. Buck International, Bucks County Expressions, Carol & Friends, Mercer Museum, Bensalem Township Tax Office, Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, and all eight Bucks County branches of Sovereign Bank, also a corporate sponsor.

Other program sponsors include the Bucks County Commissioners, The Bristol Pilot, The Intelligencer Record, The Courier Times, The Advance of Bucks County, The Yardley News, The Doylestown Patriot, The New Hope Gazette, SEPTA, 97.5 WPST, 94.5 the Hawk and 1490 AM WBCB.

For further information about Bucks County and the BCCVB, contact (888) 359-9110 or www.buckscountytourism.org. For more information about the Discover Bucks Passport to Savings, and a secure online order form, visit www.buckstravel.net.



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