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Bradshaw Couple and South Dakota Woman Win Grand Prizes in Nebraska Passport Program

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Bradshaw Couple and South Dakota Woman

Win Grand Prizes in Nebraska Passport Program


OMAHA, NEB. (Oct. 20, 2011)—Craig and Sarah Eberle of Bradshaw, Neb., and Rhonda Tomlinson of Hot Springs, S.D., are grand-prize winners in the 2011 Nebraska Passport program. The Eberles and Tomlinson will receive an Apple® iPad™ valued at $800, in addition to prizes they earned while participating in the program, sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Travel and Tourism Division.


Originally only one iPad™ was to be given away, but the overwhelming success of the program led the Division to extend the drawing to one Nebraska and one out-of-state entrant, according to Kathy McKillip, Travel and Tourism Division interim director. The program will continue in 2012.


The passport featured 33 attractions across the state and gave travelers the opportunity to win prizes while they explored Nebraska’s natural beauty and history.


Travelers’ souvenir passports were stamped at participating Nebraska attractions. They submitted tear-out sheets to Nebraska Tourism for prizes corresponding with the number of stamps obtained:

  • 11 stamps — Nebraska Passport T-shirt
  • 22 stamps — 25 GROW Nebraska gift card
  • 33 stamps — Bushnell binocular digital camera


For every 11 stamps submitted, participants received one entry into the grand-prize drawing. They also could submit a blog entry to for an extra entry in the drawing.


“Great for travelers and the state alike, this program helps travelers plan their vacations and encourages them to explore areas of Nebraska that may be unfamiliar to them,” McKillip said.


Overall, 308 travelers, including families, from 11 states submitted stamps for prizes and were entered into the grand-prize drawing. Of those entries, 75 went to all 33 participating stops and received all three prizes, 41 traveled to 22 or more stops, and 192 entries traveled to 11 or more stops.

Nebraska Tourism Launches Mobile Version of Website

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Nebraska Tourism Launches Mobile Version of Website

New site gives mobile users the ability to search for events, attractions and more

Lincoln, Neb. — Oct. 20, 2010 — To make it easier for travelers to get information while they’re on the move, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Division of Travel and Tourism has developed a mobile version of the website. The new functionality allows users of mobile devices to search the Nebraska Tourism database of recreation, events and attractions. Travelers can also view podcasts of Nebraska’s Byways.

“Travelers are increasingly turning to Wi-Fi–enabled mobile devices or smartphones as a source of information as they travel,” said Christian Hornbaker, director of DED’s Division of Travel and Tourism. “By giving these travelers a mobile site that allows them to quickly find the events, attractions and recreational opportunities they’re looking for, we’re empowering them to be able to be flexible with their planning. And the ability to be flexible can be the difference between merely a good vacation and an absolutely unforgettable trip.” visitors using mobile devices will be automatically routed to the new mobile site. It is also available through a link on the main home page. The site can be accessed by all types of mobile devices and smartphones including the iPhone and Android handsets. Specific support of the iPhone means the site contains no Flash or use of HTML5.

For more information or to view the new mobile site, go to and click on the Take Us With You icon.

Lincoln Welcomes Nebraska Travel & Tourism Conference

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Lincoln Welcomes Nebraska Travel & Tourism Conference

Oct. 12-14 event will explore state’s third largest industry

LINCOLN, NEB. (Sept. 3, 2010)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division invites the state’s travel industry to attend its annual Travel and Tourism Conference. This year, Lincoln is “Rollin’ Out the Red & White Carpet” for the Oct. 12-14 conference at The Cornhusker, a Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St.

Tourism is Nebraska’s third largest earner of revenue from outside the state after agriculture and manufacturing.

In challenging economic times, promoting and increasing travel and tourism is a proven way to boost the economy as travelers come here and spend money on attractions, hotels, restaurants and other necessities. The annual travel conference educates members of the Nebraska tourism industry on how to grow their businesses and how to put Nebraska at the forefront of travelers’ minds.

Attendees at this year’s conference can discover social media strategies, explore green tourism opportunities and pick up tips for working with their senator.

The conference also includes educational workshops, general sessions and networking opportunities, as well as travel industry exhibitor booths displaying essential new products. Attendees can also participate in the Nebraska Travel Association’s Silent Auction, a fundraiser that will benefit tourism activities throughout Nebraska.

The Nebraska Travel & Tourism Conference wraps up with an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in tourism in 2010.

Check out the conference agenda or register online now at A special conference hotel rate is available only until Sept. 24, so book your lodging reservation early.
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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 for more information on these and other awesome Nebraska vacation spots!

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