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08/09/18
Savoca and Sachs to keynote Nebraska Tourism Conference

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Erin Lenz at 402-471-7755, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov

Savoca and Sachs to keynote Nebraska Tourism Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (August 8, 2018)—The Nebraska Tourism Commission is excited to have keynote speakers Dean Savoca and Jonah Sachs at the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Conference. Savoca from Savoca Performance Group and Sachs, author of "Unsafe Thinking: How to be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most" will be speaking throughout the conference in Nebraska City on October 16-18. 

"We are excited for this year's line-up of influential and thought provoking speakers," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. "Conference attendees will take with them real life applications on how to improve tourism in their communities and ultimately improve tourism across the state." 

For the full agenda or to register for the 2018 conference, click here

Dean Savoca is the performance development partner for hospitality leaders who want highly-effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. Simply put, Dean helps leaders coach their people.  A 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Dean combined an early career in hospitality sales, operations and leadership with Maritz and a Colorado-based DMC with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change. He’s spent the last 15 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development, primarily in the hospitality and tourism industry.  Dean helps people identify the core issues they face daily that impact performance development, people management and team alignment – and rallies them to action, often right there in the roomThe result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork.  Dean is a board-certified coach and has conducted 10,000 executive coaching sessions. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, conferred by the National Speakers Association, and actively involved in several industry associations.

KEYNOTE SESSION: Increase Your Influence: 8 Essential Attributes of Successful Leaders

Jonah Sachs is the author of Unsafe Thinking: How to Be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most, a speaker and the cofounder of Free Range Studios, a brand and innovation company, which pioneered some of the first successful internet social change campaigns. 

A master storyteller, Sachs speaks to corporate, institutional and conference audiences around the world, guiding them on how to break patterns and make new connections to create powerful, meaningful, and radical change. Channeling the wisdom of thinkers from across disciplines and drawing on cutting edge research and spellbinding anecdotes to tell a story of profound change, 

Sachs' work and opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, Sundance Film Festival, NPR. Sachs also pens a column for Fast Company, which named him one of today's 50 most influential social innovators.

KEYNOTE SESSION: Unsafe Thinking

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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08/01/18
Registration now open for the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Conference

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Karen Kollars at 308-249-3220, or karen.kollars@nebraska.gov
Erin Lenz at 402-471-7755, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov

Register now for the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (August 1, 2018)—Listen to dynamic speakers and network with fellow tourism industry members at the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Conference in Nebraska City. Registration is now open for the annual conference presented by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The event is October 16-18, 2018 and is themed “Harvest & Hospitality.”

“We look forward to seeing you in Nebraska City and to sharing exciting new updates with the industry," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. 

This year’s keynote speakers are Dean Savoca and Jonah Sachs. Savoca is the performance development partner for hospitality leaders and will leave those in attendance with attributes of successful leaders as well as ways to guide your professional development and leadership growth to help you achieve a higher level of influence. Sachs is the cofounder of Free Range Studios and author of “Unsafe Thinking.” Sachs will offer firsthand accounts of breaking the status quo and will teach you how to be an unsafe thinker and build an organization that embraces intelligent risk.

Other session topics at the conference include, Travel and Editorial Trends, Developing Watchable Wildlife Adventures, Producing Videos on a Shoestring Budget, information about event safety, the Nebraska Tourism grant programs, ecotourism, lodging tax and more. The annual conference will also be a great place to network with fellow tourism industry members, get up-to-date with all of the latest happenings in the industry and see the Nebraska Tourism Commission 2019 Marketing Unveiling.

More information about the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Conference can be found at: https://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/2018-nebraska-tourism-conference
or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1729239470526644/. Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to use #NETourismConference and #VisitNebraska on social media.

Hotel reservations may be made now at:
Lied Lodge & Conference Center, $131 per room single occupancy per night, $143 per room double occupancy per night, 800-546-5433, ask for the Nebraska Tourism Conference Rate.

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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07/24/18
Swim through the rest of summer at these destinations

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Erin Lenz at 402-471-7755, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

Swim through the rest of summer at these destinations

Visitors enjoy the new splash pad at Platte River State Park in Cass County. Photo credit: NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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LINCOLN, Neb. (July 24, 2018) – The summer season is coming to a close and the Nebraska Tourism Commission wants to make sure that you soak up every last bit of it.

“Being a landlocked state many are surprised that Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state in the U.S. along with a variety of lakes and water parks. While the temperature is still hot, you won’t want to miss out on visiting one of our many water destinations,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director.

Take a swim, dip your toes in or float down the river in an unconventional way at one of the following destinations:

1. Platte River State Park and Louisville State Recreation Area
New in 2018, both parks have added fun water features to help you cool off. At Platte River State Park, the newly added, two-tiered spray park features waterslides, a waterfall, dump buckets, a fountain and more. Coming soon to Louisville State Recreation Area is a floating water playground, complete with challenging obstacles, a climbing wall, monkey bars and more for you to splash around in. Find more information about Platte River State Park here. Find more information about Louisville State Recreation Area here.

2. Lake McConaughy
Swim, boat, fish, jet ski, kayak and more at Nebraska’s largest reservoir. Take a break from the water and relax on more than 100 miles of beautiful white sand beaches. Find more information here. 
 
3. Tank down the river with Glidden Canoe Rental
Adventure down the river in a kayak, canoe or a more unique form of flotation – a stock tank. Glidden Canoe Rental offers an abundance of recreational opportunities whether you want to take a float trip on the Dismal River or Middle Loup River. While you’re there, take in the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills that surrounds you. Find more information here.

4. Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and Calamus River
Explore the outdoor playground of Calamus Reservoir with more than 5,000 acres for swimming, boating and fishing. Once you’ve spent enough time splashing around the Reservoir, head over to Calamus Outfitters for tubing, kayaking and tanking on the Calamus River. Find more information here
 
5. Omaha Fun-Plex
Stay cool and head to Nebraska’s premier water park where you can kick it back in the lazy river, slide down the five stories tall Rockin Rapids or grab a drink at the swim-up bar. Find more information here.

Check out www.VisitNebraska.com for more interesting things to do and order your Nebraska Travel Guide.

     

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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07/11/18
2018 Nebraska Passport participation expected to exceed 2017

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Erin Lenz at 402-471-7755, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

2018 Nebraska Passport participation expected to exceed 2017

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LINCOLN, Neb. (July 11, 2018) — This year is proving to be an amazing year for the Nebraska Passport program. The Passport is the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s annual travel program that encourages participants to explore Nebraska’s hidden gems while collecting stamps, earning prizes, and supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. This year’s program runs from May 1-September 30 and features 70 destinations in 11 categories: Animals, Arts, Back in Time, Coffee, Oregon Trail, Outdoors, Pizza, Restaurants, Shopping, Sweet Treats, and Wine & Beer.

Over 47,500 Passport booklets have already been distributed to travelers in 45 states and 415 Nebraska communities. Additionally, over 37,000 digital stamps have already been given out through the Nebraska Passport app. Participation numbers for 2018 are expected to exceed 2017’s numbers.

“Passport travelers are passionate advocates of this program. Once they share stories about their experiences at the Passport stops, their friends and family want to join in. It’s amazing how much it has grown,” said Passport program coordinator, Erin Wirth. “We’re excited to see this year's numbers continue to increase over the next three months. This program has a great impact on the Nebraska tourism industry as a whole.”

The following are currently the most visited Passport ‘stops’ (according to digital stamp counts):

  1. The Rabbit Hole Bakery, Lincoln
  2. UNL Dairy Store, Lincoln
  3. Piezano’s, Lincoln
  4. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland
  5. Zio’s Pizza, Omaha
  6. The Archway, Kearney

In just over two months, 25 travelers have already visited all 70 stops. These ‘Passport Champions’ hail from eastern, western and central Nebraska. Stories from Passport travelers show they are having fun discovering new places, supporting Nebraska businesses, and spending time with their friends and family.

“Spent the morning with friends visiting Passport places. We had a blast. I have lived in eastern Nebraska all my life and had no idea some of these places existed. We loved meeting all the very nice business owners,” said Passport participant Alberta Gray from Omaha.

Not only does the Nebraska Passport program benefit travelers through helping them create life-long memories, the program greatly benefits the 70 chosen Passport stops through increased traffic, sales and awareness.

Amanda Rekasis, owner of the Sugar Bee in Hickman, said, “We've been very busy and excited about the number of Passport visitors we’ve had. They have all been so wonderful and it’s been fun hearing their stories about their other Passport travels. We are so grateful for this program and have recommended it to other businesses in town.”

According to a study done by Nebraska Tourism and Dean Runyan Associates, in 2017 the Nebraska Passport program generated nearly $6 million in travel spending throughout the state and $469,500 in state and local tax revenue. 

Passport booklets are available at all 70 participating stops. The Passport app can be download for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play -- simply search for “NE Passport 2018.”

To learn more about this year’s prizes and to read travelers’ stories, visit 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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06/05/18
10 events you won't want to miss this summer

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Erin Lenz at 402-471-7755, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov

10 events you won’t want to miss this summer

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LINCOLN, Neb. (June 5, 2018)—The summer season is coming in hot with events all over Nebraska that are sure to send you on an adventure. From county fairs to wine festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So get outside this summer season and experience what Nebraska has to offer!
 
Here is a list of 10 exciting events to attend this summer, recommended by Nebraska Tourism.

Jazz in June
June 5 - June 26
Held every Tuesday of June, Jazz in June offers a peaceful evening of great music and tasty food from several vendors.
https://www.liedcenter.org/event/jazz-june


Toast Nebraska
June 8 – June 9
Toast Nebraska offers a unique experience of more than 150 wines from 20 Nebraska wineries. Live music and food are offered as well as local artisans shops.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/toast-nebraska


Nebraskaland Days
June 10 – June 24
From concerts to rodeos you’re sure to find something of interest at this 14-day-long county fair. See headlining acts Florida Georgia Line and Alabama.
https://nebraskalanddays.com/


Great American Comedy Festival
June 14 – June 16
The Great American Comedy Festival is celebrating their 11th year with headliners Joel McHale and Rich Little. There’s an event for everyone with a magic show Thursday night and an adult comedy show Friday night.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/great-american-comedy-festival-fabf31f1-f082-49da-9dae-ec4cb503ff8c


College World Series
June 16-27
Cheer on your favorite college baseball team as they compete for the Division 1 Championship and grab some food from the delicious food vendors while you’re there.
http://cwsomaha.com/


Crawford 4th of July
July 1 – July 4
Bring your family to celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, fun run, rodeo, BBQ, and more!
http://discovernwnebraska.com/event/crawford-4th-of-july/?instance_id=335
 

Oregon Trail Days
July 12 – July 15
The 97th Annual Oregon Trail Days will kick off with a BBQ and street dance Thursday night and will have events like mud volleyball and a chili cook off throughout the weekend. Check out their events page for more things to do.
http://www.oregontraildays.com/


38th Annual Wayne Chicken Show
July 13 – July 15
Enjoy free entertainment, fireworks, a parade and more! With a new theme every year, you are guaranteed a unique experience at the Wayne Chicken Show.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/38th-annual-wayne-chicken-show


Heritage Days
July 17- July 22
Visit Alliance for sidewalk sales, a carnival, parade and Sunday in the Park.
https://www.westnebraska.com/activity#event-64


Nebraska State Fair
August 24- September 3
End your summer at Nebraska’s annual State Fair with entertaining concerts by Kelly Clarkson, Old Dominion, Sugarland and more! Check out their calendar of events for more entertainment and activities.
https://www.statefair.org/
 

 Check out www.VisitNebraska.com for more interesting things to do and order your Nebraska Travel Guide.
 

     

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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