LANSING, Mich. - How much do you know about Greater Lansing? It's time to find out! The doors to the
entire community will be opened to you and your family for just $1 when you participate in the 17th annual
Be A Tourist In Your Own Town celebration. The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau will
host the event on Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While the event is now in its 17th great year there has never been a price increase. Just $1 is STILL enough
to purchase a Greater Lansing passport, allowing event participants to visit more than 60 local partnering
establishments. Fourteen new attractions join the line-up, giving the event an all time record number
of attractions and hot spots! Old favorites include: Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo and the
Michigan Historical Museum. Be sure to visit one of the many new stops including, Metro Marinas, The
Grand Fish, LCC-TV station, FunTyme Adventure Golf, Royal Scot Golf & Bowl and Art Alley in REO
Town. Come to downtown Lansing and watch folks go ‘Over the Edge' as they rappel down the side of the
23-story Boji Tower for the Team Lansing Foundation! All the events and happenings on June 4th will serve
to entertain and educate residents about the many local tourism assets.
"The tourism industry is a key component of the Greater Lansing economy," said Tracy Padot, GLCVB
Vice President, Marketing Communications. "Based on a study conducted by Michigan State University,
more than 5 million people visit Greater Lansing each year, generating $431 million in direct spending
and supporting 7,500 jobs in the tourism sector. We want residents to not only enjoy the leisure options
the region offers, but also recognize the importance of creating a hospitable environment for our guests by
serving as community ambassadors."
Here's how the event works:
1. Participants need to purchase a $1 passport from AAA office across from Frandor, Kresge Art
Museum, CATA Transportation Center, NCG Cinema in Eastwood Towne Center, Celebration
Cinema, the Lansing Art Gallery, Impression 5 Science Center, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing
or the Greater Lansing Visitor Center located on Michigan Avenue across from Cooley Law School
Stadium. Passports will also be available on the day of the event at information stations throughout
2. Passport holders can park in Old Town, at the Lansing Community College parking ramp on N.
Grand Avenue or at the lot adjacent to the Michigan Historical Museum and then hop aboard one of
four CATA Be A Tourist public bus routes. Round trip fares are only 50 cents per person or free with
your CATA pass.
3. Throughout the month of June, "tourists" can have their passport stamped at participating attractions,
and once they receive 10 stamps, they are eligible to enter a prize drawing. The grand prize is ten
tickets in a luxury suite to a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game at Cooley Law School Stadium.
For more information please visit: www.lansing.org/batyot or call 517-487-6800.
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors: IBM, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Gold Sponsors: Dean Trailways and Dean Transportation, LAFCU, Emergent BioSolutions,
Sparrow, Causeway Bay Hotel & Conference Center, LEPFA
Silver Sponsors: East Lansing Marriott at University Place, Michigan Women's Historical Center
and Hall of Fame, Cooley Law School, LEAP, Inc., Lansing Board of Water &
Light, PNC Bank
Bronze Sponsors: University Quality Inn, Lansing Community College, Meijer, Capitol National
Bank, KI Technologies, Physician's Health Plan, Neogen, Lexington Lansing
Hotel, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Distinguished Partner: CATA
Public contact information:
Greater Lansing Visitor Center
500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 180
Lansing, MI 48912