NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), in partnership with the historical attractions, museums and recreational sites in the county are offering residents of Tuscarawas County an opportunity to escape, experience and enjoy the area with their "Passport to History" during May and select dates in June 2009.

The "Passport to History" contains special offers at 27 local tourism attractions, sites and businesses and includes offers such as free admission on select dates, buy one get one free offers, and merchandise discounts. The CVB has produced 1,500 "Passports" which are available by stopping in to the Tuscarawas County Welcome Center at 124 E. High Ave., in downtown New Philadelphia.

"Tourism in Tuscarawas County represents 274 million dollars in economic development annually. We want our residents to see, taste, touch and experience everything that visitors have enjoyed for years," said Dee Grossman, CVB Executive Director. "National Tourism Week this year is May 10-16, but we have so much to offer in this community that we couldn't fit everything in to just one week," she added, "so we are giving our residents an opportunity to go back to our local sites, attractions and businesses that they may not have visited since elementary school."

Residents who pick up a free "Passport" are encouraged to visit all of the participating sites but are eligible for door prize drawings by visiting at least 10 of the 27. "Passports" are available now at the Welcome Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and many events begin on May 1. One "Passport" per family, please.

For additional information, call the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (330) 602-2420 or e-mail