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05/07/18
Nebraska celebrates 2018 National Travel and Tourism Week
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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

Nebraska celebrates 2018 National Travel and Tourism Week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 7, 2018) — This week, the Nebraska Tourism Commission is celebrating the 35thannual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12). NTTW unites communities across the country to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.
 
“Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 49,360 right here in Nebraska,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. “This week, we are celebrating what travel means to our community. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in saluting this important industry.”
 
The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Then and Now,” highlights the travel industry’s history of economic impact in every corner of America, and its enduring ethos of welcoming travelers from near and far. Follow @VisitNebraska on Facebook and @NebraskaTourism on Twitter to see throwback pictures of Nebraska tourism destinations throughout the week.
 
As Nebraska’s third largest industry, tourism is an essential economic driver and job creator in the state. According to The U.S. Travel Association, in 2016, domestic and international travelers to Nebraska spent $4.9 billion and generated $731.5 million to federal, state and local governments.
 
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Nebraska. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with family is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults. 
 
“Many aspects of the U.S. travel experience may have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t: our industry’s enduring ethos of welcoming travelers from near and far,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. “Whether we’re talking about 1968 or 2018, welcoming visitors allows our industry to create travel jobs that have been a gateway to the middle class for millions—and they’re completely non-exportable, no matter how much the global economy changes. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re saluting travel’s long history as an economic engine in our country.”
 
The schedule of events for this week can be found here. Share your travel experiences on social media this week by using #nttw18 or #visitnebraska. Learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week 2018here.
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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05/04/18
Discover Nebraska this Mother's Day

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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

Discover Nebraska this Mother's Day

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 4, 2018) —This Mother’s Day, show the important women in your life exactly how much you love them by celebrating right here in Nebraska. Create a one-of-a-kind gift or celebrate in the great outdoors with the whole family.

Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard Winery
Brownville
Take mom on a relaxing day of wine tasting in a 110-year-old barn overlooking a beautiful creek. Whiskey Run Creek has a variety of Nebraska wines from dry to sweet as well as an incredible rustic scenery where you and your mom can make memories that will last a lifetime.

Kimba’s Touch Pottery
Elkhorn
Want to give mom a gift that shows her just how special she is? Visit Kimba’s Touch Pottery and create or paint beautiful handmade pottery. Bring mom along and make it a day of fun and creativity.

The Chocolate Bar
Grand Island
Show mom how sweet she is with a lovely brunch at The Chocolate Bar. Spend time together over a plate of their special Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast. 
 

Sunken Gardens
Lincoln
Explore the floral beauty of Lincoln’s Sunken Gardens. This public garden has been named one of the “300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada” which makes it the perfect place to take the best mom in the world.

Lake McConaughy
Ogallala
A relaxing day at the lake is the perfect way to celebrate mom. Grab your picnic basket and beach towels and enjoy time spent with the whole family.
 

       

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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05/02/18
Nebraska Tourism director to trek state for Travel and Tourism Week

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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

Nebraska Tourism director to trek state for Travel and Tourism Week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 2, 2018)— In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s executive director will visit multiple Nebraska communities for town hall style meetings, tours and the presentation of Frontline Awards. This will be an opportunity for members of the public and the tourism industry to meet with the Commission’s leader.

“I’m eager to travel throughout Nebraska next week again and give an update on tourism to community and industry leaders and all Nebraskans. This tour is an opportunity for us to celebrate the successes of Nebraska’s third largest industry,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director.

Schedule:

Sunday, May 6, 2018
3:00 PM (MT)
Crawford Town Hall
Drifters Cook Shack                                          
263 Sand Creek Road                                          
Crawford, NE, 69339


Monday, May 7, 2018
9:00 AM (MT) 
Proclamation Ceremony                                                     
Scottsbluff Regional Airport                                        
250023 Airport Terminal Street                                                                       
Scottsbluff, NE 69361


10:00 AM (MT)
Tour                                         
Riverside Discovery Center                                         
1600 S. Beltline Hwy. W.                                         
Scottsbluff, NE 69361


11:45 AM                  
Lunch with local tourism boards
Gering Civic Center
1050 M St
Gering, NE 69341

2:30 PM                     
Tour
Chimney Rock
9822 County Road 75 and Highway 92
Bayard, NE 69334

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00 AM
Tourism Breakfast                                           
Prairie Arts Center (RSVP required)                                         
416 N Jeffers Street                                           
North Platte, NE 69101


1:00 PM
Commission Meeting                                          
Central Community College                                           
1501 Plum Creek Parkway                                           
Lexington, NE 68850-0827

4:00 PM
Tourism Tuesday (Town Hall)                                            
Archway                                            
3060 E 1st Street                                            
Kearney, NE 68847


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:30 AM
OMA Tourism Awards (Registration closed)                                         
Beardmore Event Center of Bellevue                                          
3730 Raynor Pkwy                                          
Bellevue, NE 68123


2:30 PM
Tour & presentation with Durham Board of Directors                                             
Durham Museum                                           
801 S 10th Street                                          
Omaha, NE 68108


Friday, May 11, 2018
10:00 AM
Tourism Blend (Town Hall)                                           
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill                                       
4100 S 13th St                                           
Norfolk, NE 68701

 
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 Travel Then and Now, highlighting the travel industry's history of economic impact. Follow along on social media with hashtags #nttw18 and #TravelNow.
 

     

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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05/01/18
2018 Nebraska Passport starts today

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

2018 Nebraska Passport starts today

Nebraska Passport generates nearly $6 million in traveler spending

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 1, 2018) – Round up your family or friends and start exploring the state because the 2018 Nebraska Passport season starts today. Last year, the program generated nearly $6 million in traveler spending and enticed more than 40,000 people to explore Nebraska. With the Nebraska Passport, travelers can discover Nebraska’s beautiful scenery, try one-of-a-kind cuisine, experience life from a different era and view unique works of art, all while collecting stamps and earning prizes.
 
“This program not only encourages people to explore every corner of the state, but it benefits Nebraska tourism destinations through increased traffic and revenue,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “The Passport is an outstanding example that tourism promotion is a significant economic driver and great investment for the state.”
 
According to a study done by Nebraska Tourism and Dean Runyan Associates, in 2017 the Nebraska Passport program not only generated nearly $6 million in travel spending throughout the state but $469,500 in state and local tax revenue. 
 
The 2018 Passport will run from May 1 through September 30 and features 70 attractions and 11 categories, including: Animals, Arts, Back in Time, Coffee, Oregon Trail, Outdoors, Pizza, Restaurants, Shopping, Sweet Treats and Wine & Beer. A full list of this year’s stops can be found at NebraskaPassport.com.
 
Last year, 1,579 stories were shared from Passport travelers of their explorations on NebraskaPassport.com. One traveler shared her story of traveling with her mom, “20+ stamps and 3 days later we arrived back in Wahoo… tired, but thrilled with the time spent with mom and filled with new experiences in a beautiful part of the state that none of us had explored before. We are looking forward to next year’s adventure!”
 
A grand-prize drawing for an Omaha Steaks Butcher's Share Quarter of Beef and a free chest freezer will be held in October. In addition, a drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets, a year's worth of Runza or Bakers Candies chocolates, and a drawing for over 100+ prizes from many of the 70 Passport stops will take place. Information about additional prizes can be found at NebraskaPassport.com.
 
Passport booklets are now available at all participating stops. Participants can also download and participate via a free mobile app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, simply search “Nebraska Passport.” With the app, Passport participants can get digital stamps and submit for prizes virtually. Nebraska Tourism encourages all participants to download the app to receive notifications about unexpected Passport stop hour changes and important announcements.
 
More information about the program can be found at 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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04/25/18
Step into spring in Nebraska

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

Step into spring in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (April 25, 2018)—This spring, step outside into the warm Nebraska weather and enjoy all the state has to offer.

“Spring is the perfect time to visit Nebraska. The gardens are blooming, the weather is just right to take a hike in one of our many wonderful state parks, and there are many different events to enjoy across the state,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

Here are some springy events that are sure to entertain you all season long!

Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection
Ogallala
May 7-21
This two week celebration of lilacs is the perfect way to enjoy spring in Nebraska! Enjoy the sights and smells of one of the world’s largest lilac collections with over 800 varieties.
https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/meadowlark-hill-lilac-collection

Sip Nebraska
Ashland
May 11-12
There’s no better way to celebrate spring than with an outdoor wine festival. Indulge in all of the local wines, craft brews and spirits that Nebraska has to offer.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/sip-nebraska

The Great Pinewood Bluegrass Festival
Lincoln
May 20
You can’t enjoy spring without an outdoor music festival! Enjoy a day full of music, food, craft beer and more at this inaugural festival.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/the-great-pinewood-bluegrass-festival

Omaha Farmers Market Night Market
Omaha
May 25
Omaha’s Night Market has all the things you love about a regular farmers market… but after dark. Indulge in great food from local vendors and delight in the fantastic entertainment.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/omaha-farmers-market-night-market

Wine, Cheese and a Walk among the Trees
Nebraska City
May 27
Arbor Day Farm is celebrating spring in the best way they know how. Grab a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine, snack on some cheese and enjoy the view.
https://visitnebraska.com/events/wine-cheese-a-walk-among-the-trees

Here are a few other ideas to make this the best spring yet!

Take part in the Nebraska Passport Program
There are so many new places around Nebraska you can explore with the Passport Program. A list of all 70 stops can be found here: http://nebraskapassport.com/

Set a tee time at a Nebraska golf course
Nebraska is home to many award-winning golf courses that you can enjoy all season long. For a list of golf courses in Nebraska, click here: https://visitnebraska.com/search?q=golf+course

Go hiking
Enjoy the mild temperatures of spring and hike through one of Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas. Click here for a list of Nebraska parks: https://visitnebraska.com/search?q=parks
 
Still looking for an activity that is right for you? Head to https://visitnebraska.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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