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

PRESS RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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03/09/18
2018 Nebraska Passport stops cover the state

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press Contact: Jenn Gjerde at 402-525-4455 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Passport Coordinator: Erin Wirth at 402-471-3789 or erin.wirth@nebraska.gov

2018 Nebraska Passport stops cover the state

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 9, 2018)—The Nebraska Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the stops that will be part of the 2018 Nebraska Passport. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. In 2017 a record-setting number of people participated in the program with 469 participants hitting every stop.

“I’m continually amazed by the number of people who are passionate about this program and I’m pleased we can bring it back for the 9th year,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “Each summer these travelers embark on new Nebraska adventures and I know they’ll enjoy the destinations listed in the 2018 booklet.”

The 2018 Passport will feature 70 attractions in 11 different categories, including animals, sweet treats and outdoors. Travelers will have from May 1 through September 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps.

“The purpose of the Passport program is to help travelers discover Nebraska’s hidden gems. 2018 Passport travelers will experience a variety of unique destinations while creating lifelong memories,” said Passport program coordinator Erin Wirth.

Passports will be available at participating stops starting May 1 or can be pre-ordered at NebraskaPassport.com.

Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App for their smartphone to get digital stamps, supplementing the physical Passport booklet for convenience. Please note, the passport app will be updated with the 2018 information on May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information. To download, search ‘NE Passport’ in the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.

2018 prizes will include:
●10 stamps – Passport car decal and $15 in Nebraska lottery coupons
●25 stamps - Nebraska Tourism calendar
●45 stamps - Nebraska poster booklet
●70 stamps – “Passport Champion” apparel.
●All children who participate will be awarded a special Passport surprise.
●Additionally, there will be drawings for 100+ prizes, including a Butcher’s Share from Omaha Steaks, “One Combo Meal a Week for a Year” from Runza, and a year’s supply of chocolate from Bakers Candies.

 

2018 Passport stop categories:
Animals
Arts
Back in Time
Coffee
Oregon Trail 175th Anniversary
Outdoors
Pizza
Restaurants
Shopping
Sweet Treats
Wine & Beer

The selected sites are (by town):
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center (Alliance)
Dragonfly Desserts Coffee House & Bakery (Alma)
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Ashland)
Gene Roncka Willow Point Gallery & Museum (Ashland)
R.F. Goeke Variety & Soda Fountain (Atkinson)
Plainsman Museum (Aurora)
Bassett Lodge & Range Café (Bassett)
Chimney Rock National Historic Site (Bayard)
The Black Crow  (Beatrice)
Fontenelle Forest (Bellevue)
The Tarnished Halo (Bridgeport)
Pizza Palace (Burwell)
Dark Island Trail (Central City)
A Pocketful of Rye (Chadron)
Chadron State Park (Chadron)
Urban Farm Boutique (Columbus)
High Plains Homestead, Home of the Drifter Cookshack & Bunkhouse (Crawford)
Corps of Discovery Welcome Center (Crofton)
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (Denton)
Sugar Shack Country Candles (Edgar)
The Garden Gallery (Elkhorn)
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park   (Fairbury)
Milady Coffeehouse at The May Brothers Building (Fremont)
Fill My Cup Coffee Shop  (Genoa)
Rowe Sanctuary (Gibbon)
Lasso Espresso Co. (Gothenburg)
Wave Pizza Co.  (Grand Island)
Platte Valley Antique Mall (Greenwood)
Nissen Winery (Hartington)
Hastings Museum (Hastings)
Sugar Bee (Hickman)
Nebraska Prairie Museum (Holdrege)
Iron Horse Food & Spirits (Hooper)
Shopping Tripps (Kearney)
The Archway (Kearney)
Windbreak Bar & Grill (Kimball)
Mac's Creek Winery (Lexington)
Piezano's (Lincoln)
Sheldon Museum of Art  (Lincoln)
The Rabbit Hole Bakery   (Lincoln)
UNL Dairy Store (Lincoln)
Feathers (Lousiville)
Loop Brewing Company  (McCook)
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure   (Nebraska City)
Wildwood Historic Center (Nebraska City)
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill   (Norfolk)
Lincoln County Historical Museum (North Platte)
Pals Brewing Company    (North Platte)
Petrified Wood & Art Gallery (Ogallala)
Passageway Gallery (Omaha)
River City Star Riverboat (Omaha)
The Durham Museum (Omaha)
Zio's Pizza - Old Market   (Omaha)
Shamrock Nursery (O'Neill)
Herban Coffee Lab (Plattsmouth)
A Collective Gathering (Potter)
The Flight Deck (Scottsbluff)
Riverside Discovery Center: Zoo & Splashpad (Scottsbluff)
Bottle Rocket Brewing Co. (Seward)
Liberty House B&B, Antiques & Tiny Tall Grass Tours (Seward)
Indian Cave State Park (Shubert)
Miletta Vista Winery (St. Paul)
Superior Estates Winery  (Superior)
Allsorts Boutique (Sutherland)
Taylor Community Arboretum (Taylor)
Master's Hand (Tekamah)
Peppermill Restaurant (Valentine)
1912 Emporium (Wayne)
Red Door Coffee (West Point)
Wessels Living History Farm (York)


More information on the Passport 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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02/15/18
Presidents Day, Celebrate in Nebraska’s capital city

PRESS RELEASE

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768 or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

Presidents Day 
Celebrate in Nebraska’s capital city

LINCOLN, NE (February 15, 2018)— Celebrate this Presidents Day by venturing to a few locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, named for U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

Grab some lunch at Honest Abe’s and then go out for a scavenger hunt of all the statues and memorials of Abe scattered throughout Lincoln.  Even snap a selfie with him and use #AbeLNK on social media.
John Ricks, Executive Director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission, stated, “Lincoln, Nebraska is the largest city in the world with the namesake of our 16th president and there are a lot of tributes to him here. It’s a grand place for a fun history lesson.”
For more information go to https://visitnebraska.com/.

Lincoln Visitors Center
Stop at the Lincoln Visitors Center in the historic Haymarket and be greeted by a giant Abe Lincoln bobblehead. While there, collect information about destinations in Lincoln and snap a selfie with Abe and some fun props!

Honest Abe’s
Honest Abe’s, a burger joint, makes incredibly and honestly tasty burgers for honest people. The theme of the restaurant: Abraham Lincoln. Stop in for a bite and take in all of the Abraham Lincoln décor and merchandise.

Nebraska State Capitol
The Lincoln Monument, on the west side of the State Capitol is an 8.67-foot tall bronze statue commemorating Abraham Lincoln. The creator of the statue stated he “purposely tried to represent Lincoln bearing the burdens and perplexities and problems of the Great War.” The Gettysburg Address is carved in the granite backdrop behind the statue. There is also a depiction of the Emancipation Proclamation on the side of the Nebraska Capitol.

Pioneers Park
Four iconic columns from the Treasury Department in Washington D.C. are now nestled on a beautiful hill overlooking a small lake at Pioneers Park. It has been said that Abraham Lincoln addressed the Union troops from between these very columns while they were still in Washington D.C.

City/County Building
The statue of young Abraham Lincoln is located right in front of the Justice and Law Enforcement Center part of the City/County Building. Titled the “The Rail Joiner”, this statue depicts Lincoln joining two fence rails symbolic of him rejoining the North and South. 

Southpointe Pavillions Shopping Center
There are several statues at Southpointe Pavillions Shopping Center commemorating presidents in American history. Abraham Lincoln guards the front door of Scheels from his bench and is always ready to sit and relax with shoppers.
 

     

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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