2021 Nebraska Tourism Conference



breakout materials 

Below you'll find supporting materials and presentations from the 2021 breakout sessions. 


Post-Pandemic Travel & Editorial Trends (Deborah Park & Hayes Norris, TURNER PR

The Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Your Journey Begins Here (Greg DeShields, Tourism Diversity Matters)

The Residential 411 about Tourism in Nebraska (Jennifer Simmons, MarkeTexture)

Shaping Next: The Power of Middle America's Millennials Culture (Meredi Vaughan, Vladimir Jones)

Fireside Chat: Grant Offerings from NGPC's Watchable Wildlife Grants,  Recreational Trails Program and USDA's Rural Development Grant (Olivia DaRugna & Alex Duryea, NGPC & Kelley Messenger, USDA

Data Driven Decision Making in Sports Tourism (Jon Schmieder, Huddle Up Group) 

Maximizing Success Through Regional Collaboration (Michell Howard, Wyoming Tourism & Mike Gussiaas, South Dakota Tourism)

NTC's Grants (Community Impact & Marketing) & DED Community Block Grant Opportunities (Steve Charleston, DED


2021 Schedule 



Thank you to our 2021 Taste & Feel of Nebraska Vendors! Below is a list of all the vendors who participated. (Vendors are listed in alphabetical order.) 

The Chocolate Bar

Boxicanyon Caramels 

Divots Brewery 

Frey's Organic Artisan Soap 

Golden Prairie Bison 

Meat & Complete 

My Serenity Bath & Body 

Nebraska Brewing Co. 

Nebraska Wine & Grape Growers Association 

Niobrara Valley Vineyard 

Prairie Pride Brewing Co. 

Saro Cider 

Sin City Grill 

Zabuni Specialty Coffee 

2021 Industry Award winners 

Henry Fonda 

The Vala Family 


 Friend of Tourism 

Steve White, Grand Island 


Outstanding Event (Population 9,999 or Below) 

Seward's Forth of July Celebration 


Outstanding Event (Population 10,00 or Above) 

The 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln  


Outstanding Marketing Campaign 

Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds and KidGlov for the 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo 


Outstanding Tourism Attraction 

The Edgerton Explorit Center 


Outstanding Ecotourism Entity 

Fontenelle Forest 


The 2021 Passport Champion's Choice Award 

Smith Falls State Park 


2021 Nebraska Travel Association's Crystal Compass Award 

Sports Nebraska 



Thank You to Our Sponsors


PLatinum sponsors 

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NETA Omaha logo North Platte HUG LogoMaly logo TDM



AAA Living Kearney Visitors Bureau Turner Dean Runyan Associates, Fonner Park, Nebraska Life Magazine, Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, Visit Gering, Burwell/Garfield Area CVB, Sandhills Journey National Scenic Byway, Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, UNL Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Hollman Media