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02/09/17
Five Nebraska Valentine’s Day ideas for lovers

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Five Nebraska Valentine’s Day ideas for lovers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (February 9, 2017)- Folks still seeking out plans for the day of love are in luck. The Nebraska Tourism cupid is sending his arrow your way with some Valentine’s Day/weekend outing ideas.
 
“Nebraskans are really creative with their holiday events and Valentine’s Day is no different,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. “We hope people use this occasion to explore Nebraska’s great destinations. This small list is just scratching the surface when it comes to events going on across the state.”

A Feast of Love
February 10
Dance and dine at the first-ever "Feast of Love" taking place at the Country Kitchen in Chadron. The event includes a three-course meal, drink ticket and flowers for the ladies. There will also be live entertainment brought to you by Razin the Bahr.
http://visitnebraska.com/events/a-feast-of-love

Swing Under the Wings
February 11
Swing under the wings of a B-29 Superfortress and a KC-97 Stratotanker. Guests are encouraged to dress in their swinging-est 1940s attire as they swing to Gooch and the Guys. Proceeds support the operations of the SAC Aerospace Museum including aircraft restoration and educational programming. Reservations are required.
http://visitnebraska.com/events/swing-under-the-wings-72530732-fe14-41c2-85a5-d5b2de40b06b

Celebrate Love
February 4-26
Love is in the air all throughout Arbor Lodge Mansion. Step back in time and discover weddings related to the Morton’s with photographs, newspaper articles and diary entries. Let’s not forget the antique wedding apparel and Valentine’s cards.
http://visitnebraska.com/events/celebrate-love-at-arbor-lodge-mansion-nebraska-city

Love Stories in the Stars: Constellations’ Guide to Romance
February 14
Stories of lust, love and Lyra –constellations are your guide to good relationship advice, at least for one night! The perfect Valentine’s Day evening begins inside Mueller Planetarium at the University of Nebraska State Museum- Morrill Hall. Enjoy a glass of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a one-night-only presentation exploring romance in the night sky.
http://visitnebraska.com/events/love-stories-in-the-stars-constellations-guide-to-romance

Dinner in the Garden
February 14
Experience a romantic departure from the average night out as the Lauritzen Gardens visitor and education center is transformed into Omaha's most romantic Valentine’s Day destination. All guests receive the first course, their choice of one main course, the dessert course and one glass of wine. Reservations are required.
http://visitnebraska.com/events/valentine-s-day-dinner-291b521d-ee0e-481a-a217-4d8e1e77575d

Other Valentine’s Day events can be found at http://visitnebraska.com/search?q=valentine
 

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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02/07/17
Tourism Commission now taking applications for 2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves projects

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press: Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Tourism Serves: Erin Wirth at 402-471-3789 or erin.wirth@nebraska.gov

Tourism Commission now taking applications for 2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves projects

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LINCOLN, Neb. (February 7, 2017) - Nebraska Tourism is excited to announce that the Nebraska Tourism Serves program will be returning in 2017 and service site applications are now being accepted. The program brings volunteers together to restore and improve Nebraska’s tourism destinations in order to enhance tourists’ experience and increase awareness of Nebraska’s tourism destinations.

“Being a good steward of our state treasures is vital and this program allows the tourism industry and communities to come together to ensure that those gems are kept in a condition that they can be an asset for people to enjoy for generations to come,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “We encourage tourism sites throughout the state to apply for this program.”
 
In 2017, Nebraska Tourism will coordinate four service projects. Destinations must apply in order to be considered as a service site. Applications are now available at http://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/2016-11-30-00-00-00-utc-nebraska-tourism-serves and are due February 28. Projects could include painting, landscaping, clean-up and organization.
 
Nebraska Tourism Serves is not a grant program and does not provide funds to any chosen service site. Nebraska Tourism will work with the selected destinations to gain volunteers, gain publicity, assist with planning and encourage collaboration among Nebraska tourism industry members. The responsibilities of the tourism destination include organizing supplies for the service project, event logistics and working with Nebraska Tourism to attract local volunteers.

In its inaugural year, 105 individuals participated in the Tourism Serves program, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, 4-H clubs, community members, out-of-state visitors and Nebraska Tourism Commission staff. These volunteers put in 615+ man hours, making a significant impact on the tourism potential in Nebraska.

The 2016 sites were Fort Robidoux Trading Post in Gering, the Cowboy Trail near Chadron, the Shannon Trail in northeast Nebraska and the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Pavelka Farmstead in Bladen.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Erin Wirth at (402)471-3789 or erin.wirth@nebraska.gov.

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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01/27/17
Beekman Boys returning to Nebraska for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Karen Kollars at 308-249-3220, or karen.kollars@nebraska.gov

Beekman Boys returning to Nebraska for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

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LINCOLN, Neb. (January 27, 2017)— The Nebraska Tourism Commission is pleased to announce that it will once again host the Beekman Boys, this time for the 2017 Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys was a reality television show on the Cooking Channel chronicling the lives of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, who gave up their New York City lives to save a farm outside the city and make it profitable. The couple purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in 2007. At the time they had no idea it would launch one of the “fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country.”

The Beekman Boys will be at the event in Broken Bow, February 21-23. They will lead a lunch session called 10 things we learned from our goats and a breakout session with Tips for Building a Successful Agritourism Business.

Nebraska Tourism hosted the Beekman Boys back in 2015 for the Nebraska Tourism Conference. “We received so much great feedback after that presentation, we thought it would be fun to have them back in Nebraska and hear more of their story,” said Workshop coordinator and Nebraska Tourism agritourism consultant, Karen Kollars. More on the Beekman Boys can be found athttps://beekman1802.com/.

The 2017 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop is themed “Brewing up Business” and will include a panel discussion and tour at Kinkaider Brewing Company.  This annual Workshop gives landowners and businesses a chance to learn how to use theirland,gifts and ideas to develop or advance an attraction and increase their operating income.

The keynote speaker for the Workshop will be Dean Jacobs. Since 2001 Jacobs, aNebraskanative, has traversed across the globe exploring over 56 countries on a low budget adventure, propelled by a desire to understand the world we share. The adventure traveler’s keynote is titled, 7 Wonders 7 Lessons and will encourage those in attendance to take a journey to challenge your perception of the world. Jacobs prompts audiences to get to the heart of what’s really important to them -- to find their own “why.” Armed with insights from lessons learned after leaving a successful corporate career and following his dream, Jacobs challenges the norm and provides a roadmap to effect change, letting go of the familiar to discover what’s possible and moving past fears to reach new heights. Jacobs will also lead breakout sessions on culture and the mastermind concept.

For more information on the workshop go to http://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/2017-agri-ecotourism-workshop.

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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01/11/17
New Nebraska Travel Guide features sesquicentennial celebration guide

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

New Nebraska Travel Guide features sesquicentennial celebration guide

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LINCOLN, NE (January 11, 2017)— The Official 2017 Spring/Summer Nebraska Travel Guide is now available to those looking to explore the state. This year the publication includes a 12-page insert dedicated to Nebraska’s 150th Birthday celebration, which will take place all year.

“This is a big year for Nebraska! Visitors can find any number of ways to enjoy the birthday celebration, including the total solar eclipse that will pass over a large part of our state this August,” said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director, John Ricks. “The guide will inspire people to start planning their travels to all of Nebraska’s great destinations.”

The Spring/Summer guide is filled with beautiful photography of the state and great information. Nebraska’s Governor, Pete Ricketts said, “Whatever your interests, the Nebraska Travel Guide is your resource to make your vacation a memorable experience.”

The guide is a helpful tool for travel planning and also provides exposure to Nebraska’s great destinations. Inside travelers will find features on the states nationally acclaimed golf courses, western heritage, historical sites, music and sports venues, outdoor adventures and art museums/galleries. It is also filled with a variety of listings for things to see and do, restaurants and places to stay. The calendar section of the travel guide also gives a thorough list of events going on across the state.

Tourism is the state’s third largest industry, generating nearly $5 billion in visitor expenditures, $600 million in state taxes and employs more than 46,000 people statewide.

The free 128-page Spring/Summer Guide can be ordered by calling 1-800-228-4307 or requested online at VisitNebraska.com. An online version is also available for download.

The top ten states requesting Travel Guides in 2016:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Illinois
  3. Missouri
  4. Texas
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Michigan
  7. Iowa
  8. California
  9. Ohio
  10. Florida
     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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01/06/17
Gov. Ricketts appoints Nebraska Tourism Commissioners

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela White at 402-471-7755, or angela.white@nebraska.gov

Gov. Ricketts appoints Nebraska Tourism Commissioners

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LINCOLN, Neb. (January 6, 2017)— The Nebraska Tourism Commission is starting off the New Year with board member reappointments and one new Commissioner who’s familiar to the role. On January 3 Gov. Ricketts named Mitch Glidden the new Commission representative from the Nebraska Hotel and Motel Association.

Glidden replaces Jeff Boeka, who did not reapply. Glidden previously served on the Commission from 2012-2014. He and his wife, Patty, are the owners and operators of The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental in Mullen.

The Glidden’s business not only offers lodging but also bird watching opportunities and summer and winter river adventures. Glidden has served on numerous boards and volunteers for many organizations including Hooker County Visitors Committee, Sandhills RC & D, Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, Mullen Commercial Club, Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition, Nebraska Travel Association, Hooker County Fair Board and the Sandhills Sharptail Shootout.

Carol Schlegel (representative from the Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus), Tony Moody (representative from a business that derives a majority of its revenue from out-of-state visitors), Roger Dixon (representative who resides in eastern Nebraska and is employed by a business that derives a majority of its revenue from out-of-state visitors) and Roger Kuhn (representative from Nebraska Game & Parks Commission) were all reappointed. The other four commissioners were not up for reappointment. More about the commission’s makeup can be found at http://visitnebraska.com/media/commission/.

These appointments are effective immediately. The next Commission meeting is scheduled for January 12, the agenda can be view at http://visitnebraska.com/media/commission/2016-12-29-00-00-00-utc-meeting-notice.

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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