Nebraska Tourism Conference 2018

Hosted by Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce and Nebraska Tourism Commission



To register for the conference fill out a registration form and mail it back or fill out the online registration at this link: Online Registration.

*Please note that online registrations require a 10% transaction fee in addtion to the amount of the registration. 

Registration types are detailed below:

Full Conference (Tues.-Thurs.) Registration (Includes materials, meals, breaks, and all activities)

CVB's/Chambers: $225

Non-CVB's/Chambers: $175

Student: $50


Tuesday Only (Includes materials, meals, and breaks): $100

Wednesday Only (Includes materials, meals, breaks, and Celebrate Nebraska Banquet) : $150

Wednesday Celebrate Nebraska Banquet Only: $60


If you have any questions about registration contact Bryce Arens at 402-471-3796 or bryce.arens@nebraska.gov


Lied Lodge & Conference Center

2700 Sylvan Road

Nebraska City, NE  68410


  • Ask for the Nebraska Tourism Conference Rate
  • Reservations must be booked by Sept. 15, 2018
  • $131.00 per room single occupancy per night + tax
  • $143.00 per room double occupancy per night + tax
  • This rate includes overnight accommodation and breakfast buffet in the Timber Dining Room


Tuesday October 16-Registration Open 8:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

6:30-8:00 A.M: Free Breakfast for Overnight Guests-Timber Dining Room

8:30-10:30 A.M: NTC Commission Meeting

8:30-11:30 A.M: Sports Roundtable with Jon Schmieder

10:00-5:30 P.M: Exhibit & Silent Auction Open

10:30-11:30 A.M: Newcomer's Orientation

10:00-11:15 A.M: Nebraska Festivals and Events Meeting

10:30-11:30 A.M: Nebraska Byways Meeting

11:45-12:15 P.M: Conference Welcome & Lunch

12:15-1:30 P.M: Keynote Session-Increase Your Influence: Eight Essential Attributes of Successful Leaders, Dean Savoca, Savoca Performance Group

1:30-2:00 P.M: Networking Break

2:00-3:15 P.M: Session One

  • Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign-Blocking out the Scenery-Matt Neeman and Jean Todd, Nebraska Department of Transportation
  • Best (&Worst!) Practices in Sports Tourism Marketing-Jon Schmieder, Huddle Up Group
  • Producing Videos on a Shoestring Budget-Jameon Rush, Optix Digital Medi

3:15-3:45 P.M: Networking Break

3:15-3:45 P.M: Session Two

  • Nebraska Tourism 2018-19 Grant Programs-Heather Hogue, Nebraska Tourism Commission and Rebecca Schademann, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Developing Watchable Wildlife Adventures-Panel: Carol Schlegel, McCook/Red Willow County Vistors Bureau; Alie Mays, Nebraska Game & Parks; Patrick Ward, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Lead Like a Coach: How to Develop and Lead Like a Rock Star Team-Dean Savoca, Savoca Performance Group

5:00-5:30 P.M: Networking Break

6:00-9:00 P.M: Nebraska City Tourism Showcase

Wednesday, October 17-Registration Open 7:30 A.M.-8:00 P.M.

6:30-8:00 A.M: Free Breakfast for overnight guests-Timber Dining Room

7:30-4:00 P.M: Exhibtors Booths Open

8:00-8:50 A.M: Welcome/Legislative Update/ABA Comments/Sponsors

8:50-9:00 A.M: Stretch Break if time allows

9:00-10:00: Keynote Session: Unsafe Thinking-Jonah Sachs, Author/Speaker

10:00-10:30 A.M: Networking Break-Visit Exhibtors

10:30-11:45 A.M: Session 3

  • Things to Know Regarding Lodging Tax-Karen Barrett, Nebraska Department of Revenue
  • Event Safety-Greg Hollingsead, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Develop Community Prosperity through Bicycle Tourism-Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling Association

12:00-12:30 P.M: Lunch

12:30-1:30 P.M: General Session-Marketing Update

1:45-3:00 P.M: Session Four

  • Things to Know Regarding Lodging Tax-Karen Barrett, Nebraska Department of Revenue (Repeat of previous session)
  • Event Insurance-When is it Neccessary-Shane Ideus, UNICO & Andy Pollock, Remboldt Ludtke LLP
  • Travel & Editorial Trends-Turner PR

3:00-3:30 P.M: Networking Break -Sponsored by North Platte Visitors Bureau (2019 Conference Hosts)-Visit Exhibitors

3:30-4:45 P.M: Nebraska Tourism Commission 2019 Marketing Unveiling

6:00-7:00 P.M: Celebrate Nebraska Reception

7:00-9:00 P.M: Celebrate Nebraska Awards Banquet

Thursday, October 18

6:30-8:00 A.M: Free Breakfast for overnight guests-Timber Dining Room

8:30-10:30 A.M: NETA Meeting

10:30-11:30 A.M: Store Association Round Table Discussion (Bring list of top 10 selling items & vendors to share with group)


See the attached list for speakers at this year's conference. Information will continue to be updated leading up to the conference date.

Conference Speaker Bios


Tourism Industry awards will again be given out at this year's conference. Please fill out the nomination form below so we can recognize the good work that is going on in your community and throughout the industry.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Friend of Tourism

Outstanding Event 9,999 or below

Outstanding Event 10,000 or above

Outstanding Marketing Campaign

Outstanding Tourism Attraction

Outstanding Agritourism or Ecotourism Entity

Henry Fonda Award

Calendar of Events