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06/23/17
Five must-visit Nebraska summer spots

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Five must-visit Nebraska summer spots

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LINCOLN, Neb. (June 23, 2017) - Summertime has officially arrived in Nebraska and many are searching for ways to soak up every bit of that beautiful sunlight. From thrill-seeking vacationers to those in search of a quiet, calm getaway, Nebraska has an exciting outdoor destination for every interest.

“Nebraska is a great destination for those wanting a taste of good hospitality and great summer fun. We know the warm temperatures have many people seeking outdoor adventure and this state is should be on their list,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

Here are five of Nebraska’s spectacular summer attractions. To find even more, go to https://visitnebraska.com/.

1.  A Day (Or Week) at the Beach– Lake McConaughy
With clear water and pristine white-sand beaches, Lake McConaughy has been referred to as the “Caribbean of the Sandhills”. Just a few miles outside the city of Ogallala, this lake and campground boasts miles of coastline and endless recreational activities for the whole family. Boating, jet skiing, parasailing, and walleye fishing are some of the main attractions on the water. On land, two gorgeous golf courses, acres of campgrounds and geocaching treasure hunts through Ogallala’s history. Visit https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/lake-mcconaughy-and-lake-ogallala-state-recreation-areas to learn more.

2. Enjoy the Water While Taking in the Views– Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center
At the edge of the scenic Niobrara River is the little town of Valentine, Nebraska. This sweet, welcoming town is a lovely place to relax before heading out onto the Niobrara. The Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center is part of the National Parks system and offers several ways to float down the river and enjoy the scenery. Along the river there are numerous unique geologic formations, as well as the tallest waterfalls in Nebraska. Plan your trip at https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/niobrara-national-scenic-river-visitor-center.

3. World-Class Entertainment in the Woods – Pinewood Bowl Theater
Tucked away in a corner of Lincoln’s beautiful Pioneers Park is the Pinewood Bowl, a huge, grassy amphitheater surrounded by magnificent pine trees. Each summer, the Pinewood Bowl is home to concerts, comedic acts, and Lincoln-based theatrical productions. Learn more at https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/pinewood-bowl-amphitheater.

4. Relaxation and Adventure, All in One Place – Ponca State Park
In the northeast corner of Nebraska, there is a picturesque park nestled in the bluffs of the Missouri River. With cozy cabins and breathtaking views, spend all day kicking back by the water and taking in the sunshine. For adventure seekers, Ponca State Park offers golf, swimming, bike trails, boating, hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and much more. Plan your trip at:  https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/ponca-state-park-b3b4f736-99d4-47b8-85d5-1ed3b9594a95

5. Celebrate 150 Years of Nebraska – Nebraska State Fairgrounds
At the end of the summer, head out to Grand Island for the biggest celebration of all things Nebraska. The Nebraska State Fair, which runs from August 25 to September 4, 2017, features educational, interactive exhibits about agriculture, carnival rides, classic fair food, parades, headlining concerts, and much more. This year’s fair is also an official event of Nebraska’s 150 celebration. Get tickets and explore all the fair has to offer at http://www.statefair.org/.

       

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

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06/14/17
Gift dad with a Nebraska experience this Father’s Day

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Gift dad with a Nebraska experience this Father’s Day

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LINCOLN, Neb. (June 14, 2017) - Father’s Day is a time to celebrate everything you love and admire about your dad. No Father’s Day celebration is complete without giving the dad you love most a gift from the state he loves most.

“With a variety of sporting activities, great outdoor destinations and the best steaks around, Nebraska is the Father’s Day celebration destination. I hope these gift ideas lead to the best Father’s Day yet,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.
 
1. Nebraska Golf Pass
Dust off your golf clubs, lace up those golf shoes and get ready for a great summer. A Nebraska Golf Pass will get your dad one free 18-hole Green Fee to over 20 of Nebraska’s best golf courses. Get one for yourself too so you and your father can enjoy this gift together all season long.
http://www.nebraskagolfpassport.org/

2. Ticket to sporting events
Purchase tickets to any athletic event for the biggest sports fan in your life. Whether you get tickets to a game at your father’s alma mater or tickets to watch his favorite Nebraska baseball team, your dad is sure to love it.
-College World Series (Games 3 & 4 are on Father’s Day)
-Huskers
-Blue Jays
-Mavericks
-Saltdogs
-Storm Chasers

3. Game and Parks Bucks
Give the outdoorsy dad in your life a gift that will keep on giving all year round. With Game and Parks Bucks, folks can buy park permits, fishing permits, camping fees, horse rides and so much more.
http://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov/AspDotNetStoreFront/p-584-game-and-parks-bucks.aspx

4.  Nebraska Beef
With the nickname The Beef State, you know Nebraska produces high-quality meat. This grilling season you can gift the griller in your life some delicious cuts from these Nebraska producers.
http://www.omahasteaks.com/shop
http://www.nebraskastarbeef.com/
https://morganranchinc.com/en
http://www.famoussteaks.com/

5. Nebraska Brews
Sit back, relax and celebrate Father’s Day by spending time together and enjoying a nice beverage at one of Nebraska’s many breweries.
https://visitnebraska.com/search?q=Brewery

     

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

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06/13/17
National travel writers touring western Nebraska

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

National travel writers touring western Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (June 13, 2017)—Parts of western Nebraska will step into the national spotlight June 12-18, as the Nebraska Tourism Commission plays host to a group of 21 journalists writing for international, national and regional media outlets. These tours are designed to give selected media outlets an opportunity to learn what Nebraska has to offer visitors in various regions of the state.

The tours will show off the state’s western culture, local businesses and other outdoor recreation activities at Fort Robinson State Park, Toadstool Geologic Park and familiar landmarks—Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument. In addition to sampling all of the fun activities available, the journalists will tour museums, dine at local restaurants, learn about famous Nebraska historical figures and much more. Cities featured in the tour include Ogallala, Lewellen, Crawford, Alliance, Chadron, Bridgeport, Sidney, Scottsbluff and Gering.

The visiting journalists write for a wide variety of publications including National Geographic Traveler, AAA, USA Today, Smithsonian, History Channel Magazine, Alaska Airlines’ Magazine, Audubon Magazine, US Weekly, Every Day with Rachel Ray, American Cowboy, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Star and several others.

“We hope to inspire these writers and then let them inspire their readers to plan a vacation to our state. Many of the journalists find that Nebraska is an undiscovered destination full of beauty and adventure," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

Some 373 journalists have visited Nebraska on the 18 previous media tours, resulting in 848 articles or broadcast segments, which have appeared in media outlets including Midwest Living, Smithsonian, Latina Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Parade, USA Today's Go Escape magazine, Saveur, IN Magazine, American Cowboy, Wall Street Journal, Group Tour, Group Travel Leader, Canadian Geographic, Byways, Smart Meetings, Short Escapes, American Way, MotorHome Magazine,  Huffington Post, Texas Golfer, AAA Journeys, National Public Radio, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Nashville Tennessean, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oklahoman, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Toronto Sun, Albuquerque Journal and the Coloradoan.
 
Some 1,118,120,362 potential visitors have been exposed to this coverage. If this editorial coverage had been purchased as paid advertising it would have cost more than $13.8 million. National and in-state tourism sponsors have provided more than $703,580 in goods and services including air transportation, lodging, meals and activities to support the Nebraska Tourism Commission's media tour program.

This is the third tour hosted by Nebraska Tourism since March.

     

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

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06/08/17
Tens of thousands show interest in 2017 Nebraska Passport program in the first month

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Tens of thousands show interest in 2017 Nebraska Passport program in the first month 

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LINCOLN, NE (June 8, 2017)— May proved to be an amazing month for the 2017 Nebraska Passport program. The Passport is the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s annual campaign encouraging travelers to explore the state while collecting stamps and earning prizes. In 2016, more than 26,000 travelers participated. This year’s Passport is similar to recent years and features 80 attractions all across the state. Participation numbers for 2017 are expected to exceed 2016’s numbers.
 
In just the first month, 24,000 Passport booklets were distributed with thousands more already going out the door in early June. Since the beginning of the year, more than 12,346 people have personally contacted the Commission requesting the 2017 Passport booklets. Those requests have come from 40 different states and 352 Nebraska communities.
 
Travelers can also participate in the program using a digital app, to date, the Passport app has been downloaded over 11,000 times. Passport digital app statistics show that over 10,000 (digital) stamps were given out in May alone. Many of the most popular stops are in the states metro area and capital city.

Top five Passport destinations on Passport app in May

  1. Lauritzen Gardens
  2. Nebraska State Capital
  3. UNL Dairy Store
  4. Runza Restaurant
  5. Bakers Candies Inc

In just over a month, three travelers have already hit all 80 stops and submitted their Passports. On June 3, one ambitious traveler said, “Oh my my goodness I finished my 80th stop this afternoon at Niobrara State Park… Every stop was a joy and an adventure.”
 
“Passport travelers are passionate and once they share stories about their time traveling the state, many of their friends and family want to join in. It’s amazing how much this program has grown,” said Nebraska Tourism executive director, John Ricks. “We’re excited to see the numbers for this year and to watch them keep increasing over the next few months. We’re hearing more and more about how this program has an impact on the 80 destinations and the Nebraska tourism industry as a whole and that’s great.”

Passport booklets are available at participating stops and the app can be download for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play-- simply search for “NE Passport.”

The program runs through September 30To learn more about this year’s prizes and read travelers’ stories go to NebraskaPassport.com.

       

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

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05/31/17
York to host Nebraska Tourism Serves event next week

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

York to host Nebraska Tourism Serves event next week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 31, 2017)— Next Monday, a service project organized by the Nebraska Tourism Commission will bring volunteers together to help with some spring cleaning at the Wessel’s Living History Farm in York.

Nebraska Tourism Serves is a Tourism Commission effort encouraging industry members to volunteer and recruit volunteers statewide to participate in service projects at tourism destinations.

“These projects are exciting because they show Nebraskans working together to preserve our valued destinations,” said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director, John Ricks. “We’re eager to see the long-term impact that this program will have on the entire industry.”

Volunteers will be doing various projects around the farm, including improving the playground area, weeding, landscaping, painting, cleaning and working on a visitors' area. “We currently have a brochure rack, with a few additional things around it to promote other attractions and businesses,” said Hillary Mundt, the farm’s director. “With a little more space, we will be able to do more to promote other attractions, including advertising their events and creating a space for visitors to sit and explore Nebraska travel magazines to plan their next trip.”

The Nebraska Tourism Serves project at Wessels Living History Farm will take place Monday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 5520 South Lincoln Ave, York, NE 68467 (Just one mile south of Interstate 80 (Exit 353) and US Highway 81).

Volunteer Notes:
●You are welcome to come and go as you please
●Lunch will be served
●Bring old gloves and be sure to wear old clothes
●All supplies will be provided

Want to volunteer? For signup information contact Erin Wirth at erin.wirth@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3789.

This is the third of four Nebraska Tourism Serves projects that will take place this year. The first was held at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center over Arbor Day weekend, where volunteers worked to clean up a butterfly garden. The second took place at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in mid-May, where volunteers cleaned many of the historical buildings and repainted an old barn. The final event will be held in September at the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center in Crofton where volunteers will be repainting the building’s exterior.

Nebraska Tourism would love to have you join our efforts to maintain tourism destinations across the state.  If you’re interested in being a program volunteer, please provide your information at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tourismserves.

More information on Nebraska Tourism Serves can be found at VisitNebraska.com/industry, search: Tourism Serves.

     

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

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