Travel stamps aim for tourism boost

CHICAGO: Both the travel industry and the US Postal Service (USPS) are hopeful that the shock of September 11 and the ensuing anthrax scare is now distant enough not to interfere with business during the coming summer months. Nonetheless, the two are teaming up to give the public some added incentive.

CHICAGO: Both the travel industry and the US Postal Service (USPS) are hopeful that the shock of September 11 and the ensuing anthrax scare is now distant enough not to interfere with business during the coming summer months. Nonetheless, the two are teaming up to give the public some added incentive.

Orbitz, the airline-owned travel website, is working with the USPS and Travel Industry Association (TIA) to promote new tourism-oriented stamps.

As part of the promotion, Orbitz will give away trips for two this summer to each of the 50 states.

The USPS unveiled new "See America

stamps last week, which resemble 1940s postcards announcing "greetings from

famous US destinations. One stamp was created for each state. Previews of the stamps, as well as sweepstakes entry forms, are available at the TIA's site, SeeAmerica.org.

"We saw the postage stamps and the sweepstakes as a great way to support both the travel industry and the postal service in their recovery efforts,

said Mike Sands, chief marketing officer at Orbitz, which is donating all the flights for the sweepstakes winners, as well as rental cars and hotel accommodations.

State tourism offices are getting in on the act as well, creating "ideal itineraries

for those who win the sweepstakes.

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