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04/26/17
Nebraska Tourism director to host town hall meetings for Travel and Tourism 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

Nebraska Tourism director to host town hall meetings for Travel and Tourism Week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (April 25, 2017)— Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, the Nebraska Tourism Commission will host town hall meetings in multiple communities in May. This will be an opportunity for members of the public and the tourism industry to meet the Commission’s new executive director. The sessions will begin with short opening remarks, then the floor will be open for Q&A and a listening session.

“These sessions are a chance for myself, the staff and commissioners to celebrate the success of Nebraska’s third largest industry and exchange ideas about growing the industry in Nebraska,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. “I’m excited to spend this week learning from industry leaders across the state. As a relatively newNebraskan I hope to hear more about our variety of destinations and attractions as well as provide an update on current tourism projects and goals.”

A few of the town hall locations are stops on the 2017 Nebraska Passport, giving Ricks a chance to experience one of the Commission’s largest programs first-hand. The 2017 Passport program launches May 1. Officially proclaimed by Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Travel and Tourism Week is May 7 -12, coinciding with the national celebration.

The town hall meetings are open to the public and should last about an hour.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established by a congressional resolution in 1983, the week of events serves to champion the power of our industry. Tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions travel makes to the economy. This year the U.S. Travel Association has themed the week the Faces of Travel, spotlighting the millions of people who keep this industry strong. #NTTW17

       

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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04/25/17
First Nebraska Tourism Serves event of 2017 to take place this weekend at the Crane Trust

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Erin Wirth at 402-471-3789 or erin.wirth@nebraska.gov

First Nebraska Tourism Serves event of 2017 to take place this weekend at the Crane Trust

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LINCOLN, Neb. (April 24, 2017)— Kicking off the 2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves season will be an event this Friday and Saturday at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitors Center, near Grand Island.

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.”

During this Arbor Day weekend event, volunteers will be creating flower beds, planting and weeding, while sprucing up a butterfly garden on the Crane Trust property. “Our butterfly garden is the first thing you see when you walk out of the Visitor Center onto the trails and is in need of some TLC,” said Brice Krohn, Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center. “Improving this trail experience will attract more guests to spend time with us outside of March (when the cranes are with us) and enjoy the wonderful community of a summer prairie.”

The Nebraska Tourism Serves project at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitors Center will take place Friday April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday April 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Crane Trust is just south of the 305 Interstate-80 exit at 6611 W Whooping Crane Dr, Wood River, NE 68883.
 
Volunteer information:
●Lunch will be served
●Bring work gloves and wear long pants and shoes that can get muddy
●All tools and other supplies will be provided
●Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please

Want to volunteer? The signup deadline is Wednesday, April 26, 2017. For signup information contact Erin Wirth at erin.wirth@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3789.

This year Nebraska Tourism will host four of these service projects. The second will be at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte, May 17 and 18 where volunteers will be repainting one of the museum’s historic structures. The third will take place at Wessels Living History Farm in York, June 5 where volunteers will be landscaping, painting the exterior of many outbuildings and helping to create a new visitors’ information area. Lastly, 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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04/05/17
Nebraska spring activities and events underway

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

Nebraska spring activities and events underway

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LINCOLN, Neb. (April 4, 2017)— If you’re looking for something to do in the spring before the heat of summer begins, Nebraska has got you covered.
 
"Spring is a lively time in our state, more tourism destinations open up for the season and there are plenty of events going on," said Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director John Ricks, who's been on the job for a few months. "I'm looking forward to getting out and about to experience my first spring in Nebraska."

 
Here are some can’t miss spring events to keep you busy this season.

Junkstock (April 7-9) in Waterloo
A premier junk, music and food festival; Junkstock includes 200+ vendors, 18+ foodtrucks and live music to keep you entertained all weekend. https://visitnebraska.com/events/junkstock-spring-edition

Arbor Day Celebration (April 28-30) in Nebraska City
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day, than in the city where it was founded. Nebraska City celebrates Arbor Day with food, parades, craft shows and more. https://visitnebraska.com/events/arbor-day-weekend-celebration-at-arbor-day-farm-nebraska-city.

Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival (May 12-13) in Kearney
This festival is perfect for wine lovers, with thirteen featured wineries, five microbreweries and live jazz music. http://www.wineandjazzfest.org/.

Cowboy Trail Peddle and Paddle (June 3) in Norfolk
Enjoy this event by racing or going at your own leisurely pace. Bike from Norfolk to Meadow Grove on the Cowboy Trail and then kayak back to Norfolk down the Elkhorn river. Enjoy the fun and views and eat lunch in between peddling and paddling.  https://visitnebraska.com/events/cowboy-trail-pedal-and-paddle

Sugar Valley Rally (June 2-4) in Scottsbluff
If you love classic cars, then this is the event for you. A 400-mile precision tour shows beautiful views of Nebraska and only cars older than 50-years can compete. http://www.sugarvalleyrally.com/


Here are a few more ideas of activities to do in spring.

Go hiking or enjoy a day at the park
Enjoy the beautiful Nebraska air before it gets too hot and hike through Nebraska trails or spend a day unwinding at one of the many parks around the state. To find places in Nebraska to hike, click here and for parks in Nebraska, click here.

Visit a garden
When the nice weather starts, flowers start to bloom. Participate in one of the most stereotypical spring activities and walk through a garden in Nebraska. To find gardens in the state, click here  

Try out the Nebraska Passport program
Travel to unique spots all throughout the state by participating in the Nebraska Passport program when it begins on May 1. A list of all 80 stops can be found at nebraskapassport.com.

Sit down at a local Nebraska winery or brewery
What’s better than drinking Nebraska beer and wine on a nice spring day? Nothing. For all Nebraska wineries and breweries, click here.

Go golfing
On a perfect spring weather day, try out one of our many award-winning courses. For a list of golf courses in Nebraska, click here.

For more ideas of what to do in the state, head to VisitNebraska.com.

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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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03/17/17
National travel writers to tour central Nebraska March 19-23, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

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 to tour central Nebraska next week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (March 17, 2017) - Parts of central Nebraska will step into the national spotlight March 19-23, as the state plays host to a group of 20 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 trip will show off the state’s Central Platte River Region, the annual sandhill crane migration and other attractions such as The Archway, Harlan Reservoir, Pioneer Village, the Golden Spike Tower, Calamus River, Wessels Living History Farm and much more. In addition to visiting unique Nebraska attractions, the journalists will sample local restaurants and learn about famous Nebraska historical figures. Cities featured in the tour include McCook, Kearney, Gothenburg, Minden, Grand Island, North Platte, Henderson, York, Aurora, Hastings and Red Cloud.

The visiting journalists write for a wide variety of publications including TIME, Vanity Fair, National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Audubon Magazine, AARP, AAA Midwest Traveler, AAA World, AAA Living, Birdwatcher's Digest, Nature Travel Network, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Washington Post and many others.

“These tours are an example of the unique opportunities we must regularly consider to promote Nebraska as a travel destination. 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 adventure," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

This will be the sixteenth media tour sponsored by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. 333 journalists have visited Nebraska on the previous media tours, resulting in 833 articles or broadcast segments, which have appeared in media outlets including Wall Street Journal, Midwest Living, Smithsonian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Parade, USA Today, Saveur, US Airways Magazine, American Cowboy, Group Tour, Group Travel Leader, Canadian Geographic, Byways, Smart Meetings, American Airlines Magazine, MotorHome Magazine,  Huffington Post, Texas Golfer, AAA Journeys, National Public Radio, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oklahoman, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Toronto Sun, Albuquerque Journal, the Coloradoan and hundreds of other media outlets.
 
Some 1,063,542,609 potential visitors have been exposed to this coverage. If this editorial coverage had been purchased as paid advertising it would have cost more than $13.4 million. National and in-state tourism sponsors have provided more than $618,415 in goods and services including air transportation, lodging, meals and activities to support the Nebraska Tourism Commission's media tour program.

Two others tours will take place in late spring/early summer to showcase other parts of the state.

       

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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03/16/17
2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves sites selected

PRESS RELEASE

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press Contact: Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Tourism Cares Coordinator: Erin Wirth at 402-471-3789 or erin.wirth@nebraska.gov

2017 Nebraska Tourism Serves sites selected

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LINCOLN, Neb. (March 16, 2017)— The Nebraska Tourism Commission is excited to announce the Nebraska Tourism Serves selection committee has chosen the four service sites for 2017. This is the second year Nebraska Tourism is organizing these events and was pleased to receive numerous applications. “This program allows the tourism industry and communities to come together to ensure that our attractions are kept in a condition that they can be an asset for people to enjoy for generations to come,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

The first 2017 project will be at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center in Wood River, April 28 and 29. During this event volunteers will be creating flower beds, planting and weeding, while sprucing up a butterfly garden. “Our butterfly garden is the first thing you see when you walk out of the Visitor Center and we look forward to signing and improving the garden,” said Brice Krohn, Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center vice president. “Improving this trail experience will attract more guests to spend time with us outside of March (when the cranes are with us) and enjoy the wonderful community of a summer prairie.”

The second event will be at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte, May 17 and 18. Volunteers will be repainting the Platte Valley Barn, one of the museum’s historic structures. “This structure is a wonderful example of barns found on the small farms in the valley at the turn of the 20th Century,” said Jim Griffin, museum curator. The event will coincide with the annual Brochure Swap put on by the Nebraska Travel Association with the hopes that more industry members have the chance to participate.

The third event will take place at Wessels Living History Farm in York, June 5. Volunteers will be landscaping, painting the exterior of many outbuildings and helping to create a new visitors’ information 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 final event will be held in September at the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center in Crofton. Volunteers will be repainting the building’s exterior. Welcome Center director, Katie Meyer said, “We are the only welcome center in northeast Nebraska, located on the Pan American Highway, welcoming travelers into our state and promoting Nebraska tourism and other tourist destinations throughout the entire state. We strive to keep a beautiful and welcoming building and landscape to make a positive impression on our visitors.”

Nebraska Tourism would love to have you join the 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 or send an email to erin.wirth@nebraska.gov

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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