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October 18 - 20, 2016 * GERING CIVIC CENTER * GERING, NE 
Hosted by Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau 

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Lodging Options
Carpooling Options
Silent Auction


TUESDAY, OCT. 18 - Casual Business Attire
8:00 AM                                  Registration Open
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM                Gering Shop Around/Attractions             
8:00 to 9:30 AM                      Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway Meeting            
9:30 to 11:00 AM                    Nebraska State Scenic Byways Meeting
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM              NETA/NACVB Joint Lunch Meeting       
1:00 to 3:00 PM                      Nebraska Tourism Commission Meeting
3:00 to 4:00 PM                      Newcomer’s Orientation             
3:00 to 4:30 PM                      Nebraska Festivals and Events, Inc. Mtg                      
4:30 to 5:30 PM                      Welcome Reception at Civic Center        
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM                Dine Around Gering/Scottsbluff      

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 - Casual Business Attire
7:30 to 8:30 AM                      Breakfast Buffet              
7:30 to 5:00 PM                      Registration Open          
8:00 to 9:00 AM                      Conference Opening Event
                                                     Legislative Update- Andy Pollock  
9:00 to 10:15 AM                    Keynote Session
                                                     Mom and Pop on Top: How To Be Small, 
                                                               But Play Large- Jon Schallert   
10:15 to 10:45 AM                  Break                   
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM            Breakout Sessions
                                                     A Taste of Success: Creating Wine & Beer Tasting 
                                                               Events- Lori Paulsen/Nathan Hoeft
Get Found on Google and Other Critical Digital
                                                               Strategies- - John Heaston
Breaking Through The Chaos: Marketing Your
                                                               Destination To Stand Out (And Get Noticed!)- 
                                                               Dennis Franczak
                                                     Turn Any Business In To A Consumer Destination-
                                                               Jon Schallert
12:00 to 12:15 PM                  Networking Break          
12:15 to 2:00 PM                    Lunch/General Session-                              
                                                      Nebraska 150 Celebration- Regan Anson
                                                      2017 Eclipse- Derryl Barr
2:00 to 2:15 PM                      Break   
2:15 to 3:30 PM                      Breakout Sessions
                                                      Mastering Hospitality Communication- David Webster
Creating Compelling Sponsorship Offers- Bruce Erley
Volunteerism in Nebraska, Impact on Tourism 
                                                                and Communities- Amanda Barker
3:30 to 4:00 PM                      Break
4:00 to 5:15 PM                      Breakout Sessions
                                                      Cyber Security for Planning and Project Management-
                                                                Chris Hobbs
Sponsor Service That Assures Success This Year
                                                                and Next- Bruce Erley
The Care and Feeding of Exhibit Geeks-
                                                                William 'Biff' Baird
DIY Research and Planning- Berkeley Young
5:15 to 5:30 PM                       Break
5:30 to 8:00 PM                       Legacy of the Plains Evening Event- Casual Dress                               

THURSDAY, OCT. 20 - Casual Business Attire                                                  
7:30 AM                                   Registration Open
8:00 to 9:00 AM                       Continental Breakfast
8:00 to 9:00 AM                       General Session
                                                       Mixing Business with Pleasure: How DMOs and
                                                       EDOs Realize Ultimate Community Vitality-
Guillermo Mazier
9:00 to 10:15 AM                     General Session
                                                       Tourism Update- Nebraska Tourism Commission
Marketing Update-
                                                                 Bailey Lauerman/Swanson Russell
                                                                 Nebraska Tourism Marketing 

10:15 to 10:45 AM                   Break
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM             Keynote Session
                                                        How to Flip a Complaining Customer-
                                                                  David Webster
12:00 to 2:00 PM                     Annual Luncheon with Awards- Casual Business Attire  
                                                         Awards Presentation-
                                                                   Nebraska Tourism Commission

For an agenda with session descriptions, please download the Conference Program at the bottom of this page.


Register today to attend the Nebraska Tourism Conference. 
Registrations will be taken until Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Register online here.  Prices for the conference are available on the downloadable registration form.
Please note there will be a small fee associated to registering online. 


Download and fill out the registration form below.

Mail your form and check to:
Nebraska Tourism Commission
Attn: Bryce Arens
PO Box 98907
Lincoln NE 68509

Make check to:  Nebraska Tourism Commission








Fur Trader
NET- Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Kearney Convention and Visitors Bureau
North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau
Maly Marketing
Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
Omaha World Herald
Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition- WNTC


Nebraska Lottery
Midwest Meetings
True West Magazine
Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau
South Sioux City Visitors Bureau
CTM Media Group
York County Visitors Bureau
Certified Folder Display, Inc
Columbus/Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau

American Road Magazine

Thank you to our conference sponsors! 
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Call now to make your arrangements!

Monument Inn and Suites, 1130 M Street, Gering, NE 69341, 308-436-1950, 1-866-436-1950, Fax: 308-436-1951/Headquarters Hotel, http://monumentinnsuites.com/ 
Check in:3:00 pm/Check out:12:00 pm
CONTACT: Melonie Warfield,

Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel & Conference Center, 301 W Hwy. 26, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308-635-4022, Fax: 308-635-5238, www.hilton.com,
Check in:3:00 pm/Check out:12:00 pm CONTACT: Mary Escamilla, Director of Sales, mary.escamilla@hilton.com 

Super 8 Hotel, 2202 Delta Dr., Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308-635-1600, http://www.super8.com/hotels/nebraska/scottsbluff/super-8-scottsbluff/hotel-overview?WID=LC:SE:20150901:Rio:Local    Reserve with credit card on file.  Check in:2:00 pm/Check out:11:00 am 


If you are interested in carpooling, please notify Lisa Karnatz by emailing her at lisa.karnatz@nebraska.gov.  A list is being maintained for those who might be interested. 

Nebraska Travelers Association holds a NETA Silent Auction every year at the Nebraska Tourism Conference. Proceeds support conference scholarships and any administrative costs for the organization.  You will find a wide variety of items to bid on with the hopes of being the highest bidder.  Bidding begins with a preview of the items on Wednesday morning in the Gering Civic Center board room.  Bidding ends AT 10:35 A.M. on Thursday. Winners will be notified to pick their items following the luncheon.

If you are interested in donating an item for the auction, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All prizes donated should have a minimum value of $25.00
  • A clear, detailed description (dates, times, # of people, stipulations, etc) of the prize should be provided so those bidding will know exactly what they are bidding on.
  • If you are providing a gift certificate as your prize, please print up the actual certificate and place that in an envelope. Please DO NOT seal the envelope. We will contact you with the name of the top bidder for your records.
  • Please bring your prize donation to the conference. NETA will not be responsible for gifts/donations mailed. If you are not planning on attending the Travel Conference, NETA will assist you in locating someone who will be attending and can bring your donation.
  • Communities can put packages together by including an overnight stay, meals, admissions to attraction, etc.

If you plan to donate, please download and fill out the Silent Auction form below. Send the form Attn: Patty Glidden, Sandhills Motel & Canoe Rental, PO Box 368, Mullen, NE 69152.  308-546-2206 or email her at pglidde@neb-sandhills.net  You are responsible to get your donation to the conference, please DO NOT mail or ship your item to Gering or to Patty. 

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