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RENEWING OUR LEGACIES
October 18 - 20, 2016 * GERING CIVIC CENTER * GERING, NE
Hosted by Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau
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!)-
Turn Any Business In To A Consumer Destination-
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-
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-
9:00 to 10:15 AM General Session
Tourism Update- Nebraska Tourism Commission
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-
12:00 to 2:00 PM Annual Luncheon with Awards- Casual Business Attire
Nebraska Tourism Commission
For an agenda with session descriptions, please download the Conference Program at the bottom of this page.
REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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.
VISA, MASTERCARD AND DISCOVER
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
NET- Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Kearney Convention and Visitors Bureau
North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau
Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
Omaha World Herald
Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition- WNTC
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!
To show your support and become a sponsor, click here.
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
INTERESTED IN CARPOOLING?
If you are interested in carpooling, please notify Lisa Karnatz by emailing her at email@example.com. A list is being maintained for those who might be interested.
NEBRASKA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION'S SILENT AUCTION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org You are responsible to get your donation to the conference, please DO NOT mail or ship your item to Gering or to Patty.
Check back often for more updates!
Register Online Here
Register With Check Payment- Download the form below.
“ECOTOURISM ON THE PRAIRIE” NEWSLETTER
The Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition at the Center for Great Plains Studies is teaming up with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to start a monthly newsletter on nature-based tourism in the Great Plains that we’re calling “Ecotourism on the Prairie.”
Our goal is to make the newsletter entertaining, informative, and fun — stories worth reading. Each month we’ll share stories about ecotourism, photos, nature facts, and more. We hope to share our passion for ecotourism with you and explore its role in the Great Plains. Subscribe to the newsletter and check out the archive of past issues.
SHARE YOUR STORY!
2016 AGRI/ECO-TOURISM WORKSHOP ► "YOUR RESOURCE MARKETPLACE"
February 22-24, 2016
GRAND ISLAND, NE
Registration Now Open!
*Online registration requires a small convenience fee
Alex Duryea: 402-471-3797 or email@example.com
Karen Kollars: 308-249-3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor?
Monday, February 22, 2016
11:00 - 1:00 p.m. Registration - Midtown Holiday Inn
1:00 - 7:00 p.m. B2B Tours & Dinner
1:00 p.m. Gather in the lobby of Midtown Holiday Inn to Carpool
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Depart for Nebraska Mushroom
- Ash Gordon - 1982 E. Citation Way, Grand Island
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
- Brice Krohn - (I-80 Exit 305) 9325 S Alda Road, Wood River, NE
5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Panel:
- Wayne Cyclery - John Wayne
- Brice Krohn - Crane Trust
- Ash Gordon - Nebraska Mushroom
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Location: Raising Nebraska Facility
7:00 – 8-00 a.m. Exhibitors Set Up
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST - Exhibitor Area
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. General Welcome & Overview
9:50 – 10:45 a.m. Building a Startup Culture
- Sam Nelson - UNL Entrepreneurship Program
9:50 - Noon Stop Lighting Money on Fire
- Steve Maly, Maly Marketing
11:00 - Noon Partnering to Grow Your Community
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. So you want to start a...
- Brewery / Grow Hops - Caleb Pollard, Craft Brewers
- Winery / Grow Grapes - Lori Paulsen, NWGGA
- Profit off of the land with a Safe Agri/Eco-Tourism Business - Daryl Jones, Natural Resources Enterprise, Mississippi
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Farm to Fork Lunch - Brent Linder, Owner of Sin City, Wave Pizza, J Alfred Prurock's and the Glass Bar.
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. The Importance of Telling Your Story Effectively - Rebecca McCormick
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Break with EXHIBITORS
2:50 – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
- Finances - Knowing what your Numbers are Telling You - Erin Pirro
- Building Bicycle Tourism - Russ Roca & Laura Crawford, The Path Less Pedaled
- Developing Your Story Online - Rebecca McCormick
4:00 – 4:20 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
4:20- 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
- Finances Part 2 - Erin Pirro
- NE Star Party - John Johnson
- Agritourism Studies Panel - Daryl Jones / Caleb Pollard / Mick McDowell
- A Legal Roadmap for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses - UNL Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Taste & Feel Event - Heavy Hor devours
- Hastings CCC Culinary Class
- Nebraska Made Food & Products
7:30 p.m. Return to Hotel/ Vendors and Exhibitors Tear Down
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Location: Grand Theatre
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast at Grand Theater - Downtown
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Story Behind the Grand Theatre - Liz
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Tourism Update - Kathy McKillip - Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Understanding the Agritouism Liability Law - Andy Pollock
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Creating Effective Multi-Media Pieces on a Limited Budget - Brad Mellema
11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Round Table Discussions with Speakers
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Wrap - Up / Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Nebraska Tourism Commission Meeting
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Nebraska Byway Meeting
2:30 p.m. Optional: Hornady Tour & Carnivores Meat Supply Tour
Midtown Holiday Inn
2503 S. Locus
Grand Island, NE 68801
Rate: 87.95 + tax
Block of rooms available until 1/31/16
When making your reservation, ask for the Block listed under Nebraska Agri Eco Tourism.
* This agenda is subject to change until further notice.
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
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.