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09/18/18
National travel writers get a taste of Nebraska

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Erin Lenz at 402-471-3797, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

National travel writers get a taste of Nebraska

Crescent Moon Reuben - Photo credit: Visit Omaha

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (September 18, 2018) – Apple picking, Nebraska craft beer tasting and local food sampling are all part of the upcoming culinary harvest themed media tour hosted by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Five journalists from national media outlets will get a taste of Nebraska September 20-24. These tours are designed to showcase what Nebraska has to offer to increase media coverage of tourism opportunities in the state.

“We hope these journalists leave our state feeling inspired to write about everything they saw, experienced, and in this case, tasted. Nebraska is a beautiful state waiting to be explored and these journalists can reach a wide audience to help spread that message,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director.

This tour will highlight the culinary experience in Omaha, Lincoln and Nebraska City. Stops include Arbor Day Farm, Lied Lodge & Conference Center, The Rabbit Hole Bakery, Lincoln Farmer’s Market, a Lincoln beer tasting tour with Boiler Brewing, Empyrean Brewing Co., Code Beer and 5168 Brewing, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, an Omaha Culinary Tour that includes Suji’s Korean Grill, Crescent Moon, Cordial Cherry and more.  

The visiting journalists have written for noteworthy publications such as Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, Food & Wine, Paste, Orbitz, BBC, Atlas Obscura, The Denver Post, Livability and Zagat.

This year, Nebraska has hosted 17 journalists through individual and group tours. These tours have produced a wide variety of coverage, spanning the state in outlets like Thrillist, National Geographic, Food & Wine, The Epoch Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and more. Additional stories are still expected from these trips, including upcoming coverage in Hemispheres (United Airline's in-flight magazine), Tribune News Service and a feature in Lonely Planet. The coverage has exposed over 274,841,646 potential visitors to what Nebraska has to offer.

Nebraska Tourism partners with communities who help provide meals, lodging and activities to accommodate the journalists and make these tours possible.

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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08/30/18
Nebraska Tourism Commission ends fiscal year with highest lodging tax collection on record

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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

Nebraska Tourism Commission ends fiscal year with highest lodging tax collection on record

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (August 30, 2018) — The summer season may be winding down, but results of tourism in Nebraska are going up. The Nebraska Tourism Commission is excited to announce that the 2017-2018 fiscal year ended with the highest lodging tax collection of all time. The total collection from July 2017-June 2018 was $5,689,254, a growth rate of 6.98 percent from the previous year.

“The record setting lodging tax collection shows us that when you invite people from out of state, they will come,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. “We targeted out-of-state markets for the crane migration and 2018 summer campaign, the Nebraska Passport Program continues to grow and the Solar Eclipse took place in this fiscal year, all things that factored in to our 6.98 percent growth rate.”

On a calendar year basis, the months of February, March and May set all-time high records and June was a second all-time high for collections as well. Projections provided to the Nebraska Tourism Commission predicted a growth rate of 1.3 percent last fiscal year, the actual collections were five times higher.

Many communities throughout Nebraska are benefiting from the tourism industry growth. Director of Scottsbluff County, Brenda Leisy, says they had a significant increase in lodging tax in August, September and October 2017 with a slight increase in the summer months. The 2017-2018 fiscal year was record-breaking for Dawes County lodging tax numbers as well.

“We look forward to continuing to entertain visitors in Northwest Nebraska and to see the positive lodging tax income trend continue,” said Kristina Reeves, Northwest Nebraska executive director who oversees Dawes and Sioux County.

As the third largest industry in Nebraska, tourism has a large statewide economic impact. According to the U.S. Travel Association, domestic and international travelers to Nebraska spent $4.9 billion in 2016 and generated $735.1 million to federal, state and local governments. These are dollars that help fund jobs and public programs such as police, firefighters, teachers, road projects and convention centers. Without the 49,360 jobs that were created by travelers in 2016, Nebraska’s 2016 unemployment rate of 3.2 percent would have been 8.1 percent of the labor force.

More information about Nebraska state/county lodging tax can be found here. If you would like to read the U.S. Travel Association’s full report on the economic impact of the travel industry, you can find it here.

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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08/09/18
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

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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

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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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