Area 51 raid: Belize Tourism board is offering Rachel, Nevada, residents free vacations to escape the madness

More than 2 million people have joined the viral Facebook event page to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" on September 20. There's just one problem though: there's nowhere for those people to stay. 

The town of Rachel, Nev., which houses the government facility long rumored to hold extraterrestrial life, has a population of just 54 and only one hotel

That's where the Belize Tourism Board comes in. To help Rachel escape the madness, the organization is offering free vacations to the town's residents during the weekend of the Area 51 raid. 

Each vacation includes a round-trip flight and a three-day, two-night stay at a hotel in the seaside nation. The tourism board values each prize at approximately $2,000. 

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ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 10 de abril de 2002, un vehículo se desplaza por la llamada carretera extraterrestre cerca de Rachel, Nevada, el poblado más cercano al Area 51. (AP Foto/Laura Rauch, archivo)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
AREA 51, NEVADA, USA, JULY 20, 2016: DigitalGlobe satellite image Area 51. The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
Area 51 guide at the National Atomic Testing Museum. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
rea 51 Alien brothel and diner. Dennis Hof's Nevada's biggest brothel ownershas taken a rundown brothel and opened ane Area 51 Alien Cathouse, with a new science fiction theme. The alien themed center is located just south of the area formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss designed the costumes and decor. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows brothels. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
Area 51 Alien brothel and diner. Dennis Hof's Nevada's biggest brothel ownershas taken a rundown brothel and opened ane Area 51 Alien Cathouse, with a new science fiction theme. The alien themed center is located just south of the area formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss designed the costumes and decor. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows brothels. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
Welcome to Rachel, Nevada road sign. Rachel is near Area 51
Woman photographing sign along Highway 375 near Rachel, Nevada. The Highway, which travels near the top secret government base Area 51, was officially designated as the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996.
Sign for Little A'Le'Inn and flying saucer hanging from tow truck, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51.
Parking sign with spaceship, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51, along Highway 385, also called the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) File Photo near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
UFO & Alien Gift Shop at Little Aleinn on the Exraterrestrial Highway (Highway 375) where Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) is located in Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) File Photo near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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"Unlike UFOs and aliens, this offer is 100% verifiably real and not a hoax," the tourism board said in a press release. 

There's just one catch: only 10 of the town's 54 citizens will actually receive vacations. Rachel residents have through August 8 to apply, after which the tourism board will randomly select 10 winners. 

The giveaway will likely be a welcome retreat for some townspeople, many of whom are bracing for the September 20 event.

Kerry Lee, the sheriff of Lincoln County, which contains both Rachel and Area 51, told CNN that the area typically sees just a few hundred tourists during that time of year. 

"Heaven forbid the number is 5,000 people where you almost double the size of the county," Lee told CNN. 

Little A'Le'Inn, the town's one hotel, has already booked all 14 of its rooms, according to CNN. Beyond that, it's unclear where visitors will stay. 

Belize, meanwhile, is used to dealing with visitors. The Central American nation has a population of less than 400,000, but in 2018 the country welcomed roughly 1.6 million tourists last year. 

The tourism board is just the latest group to join in on the Area 51 phenomenon. Last month, Bud Light announced it would offer free beer to any aliens that attended the event. Celebrities like Guy Fieri and Lil Nas X have also chimed in.  

Anyone interested in the sweepstakes can email rachelnevadaretreat@gmail.com, making sure to attach proof that they are in fact a legal Rachel resident. Participants must be 18 or older. 

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