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Activities planned for National Travel & Tourism Week

The Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday several activities happening in town to celebrate the travel and tourism industry and the economic and social contributions it brings to Mitchell.

National Travel & Tourism Week runs Saturday through May 11 this year.

During National Travel & Tourism Week, the newly revamped Community & Visitor Guide will be distributed to local and regional residents.

The CVB is also hosting two contests via social media: a photo challenge on Instagram and a reverse scavenger hunt on its Facebook page. Instagram users can play by taking pictures in town and posting them to the social sharing site tagged with #MitchellSD and @VisitMitchell.

A new winner will be drawn from each day's entries. A list of photo challenge subjects follow the Corn Palace; Prehistoric Indian Village; Dakota Discovery Museum; Carnegie Resource Center; McGovern Legacy Museum; Visitor Information Center "Welcome Cabin;" Lake Mitchell; Historic Main Street; Any public park (include the park name in caption); your favorite restaurant (name restaurant in caption); Favorite spring activity: Favorite view in Mitchell.

Tag the pictures with #mitchellsd and @VisitMitchell to enter.

Additionally, a free community tour will be provided on May 9. This tour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, and will feature fun facts and trivia about tourism while visiting each of Mitchell's attractions. The tour is free but participants must preregister by calling 996-6223.

To further encourage residents to visit these attractions, free admission will be offered May 9-11.

Though it falls after the official conclusion of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Convention and Visitors Bureau also encourages community members to attend "The Exceptional Employee Seminar," a talk by V.J. Smith to be held at 10 a.m. May 22 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. This event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, South Dakota Department of Tourism, and Trail King Industries. Cost is $10 per person; interested participants should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 996-5567 to register.

-- Source: Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau