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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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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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