Posts Tagged ‘affordable’

Nebraska Golf Trips Make Great Gifts

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Nebraska Golf Trips Make Great Gifts

 

LINCOLN, NEB. (DEC. 1, 2011) — The holiday season is the perfect time to give family and friends the gift of Nebraska golf. As colder temperatures settle in, golfers in the Midwest turn their thoughts to planning spring and summer golf trips, and Nebraska is being touted as one of the best destinations for exceptional golf and exceptional value.

 

In a recent article in Midwest Golfing Magazine, publisher Jay Royle summed up his trip to the state this way: “…Nebraska is quickly becoming a top-notch golf destination. Actually it already is; it just doesn’t get the recognition the Cornhusker State so richly deserves. I know I’m telling everyone to get to Nebraska and play some golf!”

 

Nebraska is home to well-known nationally ranked courses, such as The Prairie Club and Wild Horse Golf Club, and plenty of outstanding and affordable public and semiprivate courses are worth considering when planning a Nebraska golf trip. Several courses have joined together to offer special packages, including Play the West, Golf the North and the Nebraska Golf Trail. Individual lodging and golf packages are also available at some courses.

 

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division has made it easy for golfers planning a Nebraska golf getaway. A list of golf courses in Nebraska, sample trip itineraries, and links to articles and videos about Nebraska golf are available at VisitNebraska.gov/golf. Reviews of several Nebraska golf courses, including photos and videos, can be found at GolfNebraskaBlog.com. And the GolfNebraska Facebook page is a place to connect with golfers and share links to news about golf courses and events in Nebraska.

Visit www.nebraskabb.com for a complete golf package!

Golf Nebraska Campaign in Full Swing

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Golf Nebraska Campaign in Full Swing

 

LINCOLN, NEB. (July 12, 2011) — Nebraskans know their state is home to great golf courses. The Golf Nebraska campaign is taking that message beyond the state’s boundaries to attract more golfers from around the region to play — and stay — in Nebraska. It’s a project of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division.

 

“Nebraska is among Golf Digest’s top 10 golf states,” said Christian Hornbaker, director of the Travel and Tourism Division. “And golf is already a $260 million business in Nebraska. We want to grow that part of our state’s economy by attracting more visitors to play our outstanding and affordable public and semiprivate courses.”

 

Television commercials and website advertising are targeting golfers in surrounding states, encouraging them to “Get Driving” to Nebraska for a golf vacation. The campaign also includes emails sent to golfers throughout the region and an expanded Web page at VisitNebraska.gov/golf. A mobile Web page includes a list of courses and possible trip itineraries at VisitNebraska.gov/golfers.

 

Social media sites also offer golfers new ways to learn about Nebraska golf courses and engage other golfers. GolfNebraskaBlog.com provides course reviews through the eyes of avid golfers who share their impressions of the courses they play and the people they meet. Blog postings with photos and videos will be added throughout the summer.

 

The GolfNebraska Facebook page is a place to connect with golfers who play Nebraska courses or want to travel to Nebraska for a golf getaway. Visitors will find news, photos and videos about Nebraska golf at facebook.com/GolfNebraska. Anyone who plays Nebraska courses or is considering a golf trip to the state is welcome to share their thoughts, experiences and questions about golf in Nebraska.

 

Nebraska has more than 200 public and semiprivate golf courses. Several have been recognized by national golf publications for their design, scenery and value.

Summer Tourism Ideas

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

TOURISM & MORE “TOURISM TIDBITS” for July 2010

Summer Tourism Ideas

Many tourism locales see the summer months as high season. Prices rise, at times the service is a bit less, and many tourism attractions, hotels, restaurants or transportation systems know that the summer’s receipts will determine the success or failure of the entire year. Furthermore, many locales take the position that once spring has passed, marketing may be a waste of time, as summer vacation plans have already been made. Certainly some areas of the world are heavily dependent on the summer traffic patterns. For example, many beach communities (especially those located in cooler climates) may receive up to 90% of their gross revenues from summer sales. Even non-beach resort locations see the summer as a time of great opportunity. For example, urban areas may view the summer as a time when local residents flee to cooler climates, but may also benefit from visitors seeking a cultural experience (especially with their children) at a time when big city life may be a bit less scary. This summer may also be a challenging one for many locales. The economy is still shaky in many parts of the world, and some people may simply put off a summer vacation or skip this year’s vacation. To help you prepare for summer and turn the year into a great season here are a several ideas;
Tout Being Affordable. No matter where you are realize that people will be looking for bargains this summer. Push everything from summer coupon books to places where one can spend a bit less. Be careful not to push too hard, as that can drive down prices to the point that local tourism agencies cannot afford to stay in business. The trick is to give value mixed with good service. In fact in a down economy service becomes an all-important aspect. Our guests, many of whom are struggling to afford a vacation, do not want to feel that they are anything but honored guests.

Teach all front line people to smile! Closely related to good service is a sense of caring and an open friendly attitude. This is the year to remind all front line people that no job is ever guaranteed. We have to earn our jobs with each guest. All too often the tourism experience has been anything but joyous. There is no better advertising or marketing campaign than a friendly smile.

Do not be afraid of visitors from another country. Follow currency exchange rates, for example, if the euro is expensive against the dollar than Europeans tend to flock to the USA. If however, there is a rise in the value of the dollar, Americans may return to Europe. Remember foreign travelers tend to spend a lot more money in a locale than does the local population. The trick is to make their travel as easy as possible. Offer easy locations in which they can exchange money, print multi-lingual maps and guides and encourage restaurants to have menus in more than one language.

Do not be afraid to promote the long weekend. Not everyone may be able to afford in both time and money a two -four week vacation. These people may be looking for weekend get-aways that start on Friday and end on Monday evening. The other alternative is to have creative midweek special. A may prefer to sell its rooms at 50% or the rack rate than not at all. If the economy is shaky, then focus on attracting people from nearby states.

-Be creative in offering not only stress-free summer vacations but also de-stressing vacations. The current economic situation has placed a great deal of stress on lots of people. Think through how you can facilitate hotel check-in and out, help people to locate locations around the community, and not get lost. One of the reasons that people are often stressed out after a vacation is that travel is no longer fun; be it in a car, airplane, boat or railroad car. Develop ways to make your transportation terminals feel more “homey” and less stress inducing. Do not forget to watch gas prices. While gas prices traditionally rise in the summer months, watch for trends and if they become too expensive use this expense as a creative marketing device.

Market even in the summer months. Not everyone has made summer plans, and there are always those people who are seeking a last minute get-away. Remember that creative marketing this summer may provide you with a list of potential new customers for next summer. Remember that good service is the best form of marketing. Seek the time when media prices are lowest and then blitz selected markets that may become new niche marketing zones.
Create a summer marketing web campaign. The web is a great took especially for last minute travelers. Consider such things as:
– Special summer itineraries
– Special summer web specials
– Divide your attractions by style, location and price
– Directions from any place to any point in your locale
– Lists of what is near-by each attraction, from hotels to restaurants to clean rest rooms

Two Nebraska Attractions Mentioned in Maxim Magazine

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Two popular Nebraska attractions have gained national fame in the July 2010 issue of Maxim magazine. Check out page 63 where Bryson’s Airboat Tours in Fremont and Carhenge in Alliance were listed as the number 2 and number 3 coolest places to stop while visiting the state.
This summer go to www.VisitNebraska.gov for more information on these and other awesome Nebraska vacation spots!


«
» rss