May 10 – 18, 2003 is the 20th Annual National TourismWeek. Tourism contributes approximately $4.2 billion and 35,000 jobs tothe Vermont economy annually. Tourism supports and promotes such diverseelements within Vermont as agriculture, outdoor recreation, naturalheritage, cultural heritage and Vermont-made products.Vermont has long held a reputation for the finest in products and lifeexperiences. Sharing our way of life through tourism enhances Vermont’simage as a great place to visit. This awareness, accomplished througheffective marketing, keeps Vermont a top global destination.National Tourism Week was developed to acknowledge the economic benefitsthat tourism brings to the United States and to educate the public aboutthe tourism opportunities that are available locally. In a spot to bebroadcast on Vermont’s radio and television stations, Vermont’s GovernorJames Douglas invites Vermonters and visitors to discover and enjoyVermont’s exceptional and varied tourism resources.At his press conference May 8, the Governor and Vermont Tourism andMarketing (VDTM) Commissioner Bruce Hyde acknowledged National TourismWeek. They unveiled a new advertising campaign by Cabot Creamerypromoting Vermont on their packaging as a tourism destination.During National Tourism Week the Vermont Department of Tourism andMarketing and Vermont businesses will conduct a Vermont trivia contest andaward prizes.Prizes include:* A Vermont Symphony Orchestra gift certificate sponsored by VSO* Camping and a 2003 Season Family Day Pass sponsored by Vermont’sState Parks* Vermont Golf Exclusive Links Cards sponsored by Vermont Golfmagazine* A Simon Pearce glass vase sponsored by Simon Pearce Glass* The grand prize is a vacation getaway to Vermont’s NortheastKingdom, including lodging at the Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville, and a wateradventure tour with Vermont Adventure Company, Westmore.Contest information will be available online at www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)and through many Vermont broadcast and print media.