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Nebraska Tourism Commission announces educational webinars for 2016


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Nebraska Tourism Commission announces educational webinars for 2016

LINCOLN, NE (January 20, 2016)— For a second year, Nebraska Tourism will be conducting monthly and quarterly informational industry webinars. “We found the webinars in 2015 to be quite helpful,” said Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director, Kathy McKillip. “Each session gives those in the tourism industry a chance to stay up to date on events, marketing tools, programs and more, without having to make a trip across the state. The webinars are a great way to stay connected and a continuous way to share information.”

A full list of this year’s webinars are listed below, with the first scheduled for January 27 at 2:00pm (CST), which will be a quarterly update. The webinars will last about 1 hour and we will reserve time at the end for a Q&A session. An email address to send questions for the Q&A will be provided during the webinar.

Educational Webinars at 2 p.m.

February 1 – National Parks 100th Celebration

March 7 – Golf / Sports / Event Marketing

April 4 – 2016 Passport Program Preview

May 2 – Digital Marketing Trends

June 6 - Customer Service is Key due to online rating/review systems: “How to provide a great experience, how to monitor your reviews and how to respond”

July 11 - Topic and speakers to be announced

August 1 – Funding sources and options for non-profit and for-profit destinations

September 12 – How to keep summer momentum going into the shoulder and off season

October 3 – Travel Conference Preview

November 7 – Mobile Disruption

December 5 – New Trends in Target Marketing

Quarterly Industry Update Webinars at 2 p.m.

January 27

April 13

July 13

October 12

To log into webinars click on the following link: just before 2 p.m. the day of the webinar.

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest 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



Become an Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop Sponsor

It’s once again the time of year to plan on attending and exhibiting at the 11th annual Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop presented by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and its numerous partners. This year’s workshop will be held Monday through Wednesday, February 22-24, 2016 in Grand Island, NE.  Monday will be Business to Business (B2B) tours.  Tuesday’s sessions will be held at the Raising Nebraska Building which is where the Sponsors / Exhibitors will set up.  Wednesday’s events will be at the Grand Theatre downtown Grand Island.

After last year’s workshop, 150 attendees from across the state went home invigorated with many new ideas and great information.  NTC is excited to have MarketPlace Nebraska merge with the 2016 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to create a stronger networking opportunity in which to build community.  The 2016 workshop will provide community leaders, small business owners, landowners, farmers and ranchers with information on how to establish, finance, market and grow businesses based on agri/eco-tourism and small business partnerships.

We ask for your support to make the 2016 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop, Your Resource MarketPlace, one that participants won’t soon forget. With your valued sponsorship, we will be able to host a highly successful workshop that provides quality information and additional resources for individuals interested in developing or expanding their business. Participants will come away with fresh marketing ideas, greater financial opportunity and numerous networking contacts!

We’re excited to team up with you on this top-quality workshop to further strengthen and grow our state’s agri/eco-tourism industry and rural business economy. Please review the enclosed sponsorship form and indicate your commitment level for this year. We know you’ll find it to be one of the most valuable networking opportunities that you and workshop attendees will experience in 2016.

Thank you for your support!


Alex Duryea                                                                Karen Kollars 

Ecotourism Consultant                                               Agritourism Consultant

402-471-3797                                                              308-249-3220

2015 Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop

Growing where you are!
February 23-25, 2015

Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney

Get the right tools to grow your business! Take advantage of your land, talents and ideas. Agri- and eco-tourism can help you make the most of those resources. Find out how you can develop a new attraction, increase you income potential and create limitless opportunities.

Keynote Speaker - Joe Calhoon, Author & Business Growth Consultant
Mr. Calhoon is an expert at making the growth planning process simple and practical. Learn how to build a remarkable business and live and extraordinary life.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Learn new growth strategies
  • Network with peers
  • Build partnerships
  • Modernize your marketing
  • Receive financial tips

The official agenda and an informational Brochure for the 2015 conference can be viewed online at the links below:

Register online to participate in the 2015 Conference here:

Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop Sponsorship/Exhibitor Information
The Nebraska Tourism Commission invites you to attend and to be a Sponsor for the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop. With your valued sponsorship, we will be able to host a highly successful workshop that provides quality information and additional resources for individuals interested in developing and or expanding an agri/eco-tourism business. Click the links below for more information on becoming an exhibitor or sponsor for this year’s event.

Register to be a sponsor of the 2015 Agri/Eco Conference online at the link here.

Taste & Feel Vendors
Taste & Feel of Nebraska," a networking event at the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop on Tuesday evening, February 24 from 5-7 p.m., will feature samples of Nebraska foods, beverages, and locally-made products. You will have the opportunity to explore the potential for cross-marketing partnerships with others in Nebraska. Here is more information on how to showcase your Nebraska foods, beverages, or local made products.

For more information, contact Karen Kollars at 308-249-3220.

2014 Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop

Growing Partnerships...Harvesting Success
February 3-5, 2014
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Kearney, NE

Why Should You Attend?

  • Learn to get the most out of your land.
  • Gain the latest industry knowledge.
  • Hear fresh marketing ideas.
  • Find greater financial opportunities.
  • Network with potential partners.

Keynote Speaker – Carol Patterson, President, Kalahari Management Inc.

Carol will be sharing her adventures as a professional accountant turned tourism consultant. She will show that you don’t have to invent the next ‘big’ thing to prosper. Carol will help you reinvent your tourism organization and ignite the untapped passions within.

Other topics: Inventorying your Potential, Building Strong Partnerships and Networking Resources, Exploring Potential Cross-Marketing Opportunities, Calculating your Marketing ROI, Low-Cost and No-Cost Public Relations Opportunities

Event registration is now closed. If you have any questions about the conference or would like information on sponsorships, please call Karen Kollars at 308-249-3220.

Brought to you by the Nebraska Tourism Commission in partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. 

2013 Nebraska Travel Conference

Online registration for the 2013 Nebraska Travel Conference has closed. If you would like to attend the conference but have not yet registered, please join us in Norfolk October 23-24 and check in at the conference registration table to register on-site.