Texas Ag Commissioner announces contest to promote tourism - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/10

Texas Ag Commissioner announces contest to promote tourism

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - State leaders want you to help promote tourism.  Tuesday morning, they asked for amateur videos that explain what's great about the Lone Star State.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced the new contest at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.  "We all have proud stories that we want to tell about Texas," Staples said.  He says there's no one better to help promote the state than those who live here.

Staples asked folks to create an amateur video for the contest called, "Texas is...".  It's hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture in honor of Texas Travel and Tourism Week which runs through Sunday.

Each participant is asked to make a video that shows what Texas means to them. You can focus on entertainment, industry, culture and more.

Staples says increased tourism will benefit the state in many ways.   "Our tourism industry adds over $60-billion a year to the Texas economy and is responsible for thousands and thousands of jobs," Staples said. 

Videos must be a minute or less, and they have to be shot by an amateur. They must be mailed to the Texas Department of Agriculture by August 31st.

Winners will be announced on October 31st. Selected videos will be used in news releases, web sites, as well as social networking. The winners will also be recognized by the department with a plaque.

(Click Here) for a complete list of rules and further details.

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