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Responsible Travel Report– The Sustainable Tourism e-Newsletter

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Responsible Travel Report
The Sustainable Tourism e-Newsletter

Dear Fellow Traveler,

Let’s face it, most travel providers genuinely want to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, but the vast majority are confused about how to start. They are bombarded with conflicting messages about what ‘green’ means and an overload of confusing information about how to ‘be green’.

The good news is that sustainability is a journey, not a destination, and it has never been easier to start that journey than it is right now. That’s because STI has just launched our new Partner Program, an affordable, easy-to-use suite of tools and services to help travel providers of all shapes and sizes embark upon the road to running more sustainable and more profitable businesses right away.

Better still, the new Partner Program provides the tools companies need to market themselves to the rapidly growing legion of travelers who truly care about sustainability.

To learn more about the Partner Program and other exciting developments at STI just scroll down and keep reading. Enjoy!

Safe and happy travels,

Matt Kareus
Director of Sales and Marketing
mattk@sustainabletravel.com

Gov. Heineman Declares May 8 – 16 as ‘See Nebraska Week’

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today kicked-off ‘See Nebraska Week,’ which runs from May 8 to 16 and encourages Nebraskans and other travelers to learn more about vacation options in Nebraska. Several new tourism campaigns were developed this year to promote opportunities for summer travel across the state.

“We want to encourage more Nebraskans and their families to take advantage of travel opportunities throughout the state,” Gov. Heineman said. “Visiting a site along one of our nine scenic byways or exploring our state’s history on a road trip will lend the traveler not just an off-the-beaten-path experience, but a summer full of memories.”

Travelers in Nebraska spent more than $3.7 billion in Nebraska on overnight trips in 2009, and annual spending in the state has increased by more than $2 billion since 1990. Nebraska’s tourism industry provides more than 42,000 jobs and is the third leading industry in the state.

The Nebraska Byways Passport program highlights the many destinations along the state’s scenic byways. Travelers are encouraged to pick up a souvenir passport at one of 27 participating locations along Nebraska’s nine scenic byways and collect stamps from each location visited for a chance to win a prize.

The Division of Travel and Tourism has also created a program encouraging young people to help plan their family vacation. The History Along Nebraska’s Byways program supplements the Nebraska history curriculum offered to fourth graders and will be distributed to 1,140 schools across the state. Designed with the help of educators, the materials include a Nebraska map with icons for various historical locations across the state, a Nebraska byway history video and classroom activities including crafts, worksheets, interactive games, and field trip activities. Subjects include state symbols, American Indians, map reading, explorers, pioneers, forts and military bases, among other topics. More information is available online at historywithtyler.com.

The division is also offering a new RVNebraska brochure with information to make the most of a trip along Nebraska’s scenic byways, including details on campgrounds along byway routes and top attractions.

Nebraska remains one of the most cost-effective destinations in the nation for travelers. AAA consistently names Nebraska one of the top five most affordable vacation destinations in the United States, with average daily vacation costs for a family of four well below the national average.

Richard Baier, Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, said, “Nebraska offers travelers great value and great attractions. After a long winter, this summer is a good time to get out and see a new part of the state.”

Travelers can find interactive maps, road trip ideas, trip planners and more online at VisitNebraska.gov.



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