From the untold secrets of the Manhattan Project to biking through scared lands and all in between, six Travel Tank 2.0 finalists will be taking the stage on Tuesday, May 8 to persuade national and local judges to cover their story.

Travel Tank 2.0 will take place during Governor’s Conference at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. There, during the Tuesday lunch general session, six finalists will pitch uniquely New Mexican stories.

Over the past eight weeks, each finalist has worked hard at crafting the perfect pitch, highlighting key elements and triggering one’s curiosity and inside adventurer.

You should expect hearing from finalists about birding in the state - a rapidly growing recreational activity that generates millions of dollars throughout the country and could increase visitor spending in New Mexico.

You’ll also hear all about the history and rare finds at White Sands National Monument and what makes the monument so special other than the spectacular views. Want more history? Albuquerque is the Flamenco Capital of the United States. We are far from Spain but in Duke City, you feel transported to the cultural mecca while watching dancers tell magical stories with the way they move to Spanish music.

History runs deep in the southwest but deeper in New Mexico. Sacred lands surround us. One set of finalists will take you though a journey on land, untouched by man, though Native American lands and pueblos all the way to El Santuario.

That’s not all; Roswell has more to offer than stories about extraterrestrial neighbors paying them a visit in the late 1940s. Hear how Roswell is become an art hot spot.

The Tourism Department welcomes everyone to the Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism to cheer on your peers at Travel Tank 2.0. See you in Mescalero!