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The Importance of Ecotourism By Governor Dave Heineman

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The Importance of Ecotourism

By Governor Dave Heineman

March 26, 2012


Dear Fellow Nebraskans:


Last week, I was pleased host Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado as we met to discuss common efforts and issues related to ecotourism and economic development. In addition to discussing tourism efforts, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to view the world-renowned migration of the sandhill cranes, a significant ecotourism attraction in Nebraska.


From mid-February to mid-April each year, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the migration of 90 percent of the world’s sandhill cranes. Our location along the central flyway provides wildlife watchers the opportunity to experience the annual migration of 500,000 Sandhill cranes as they stop along a 40 mile stretch of the Platte River en route to their summer breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia.


The abundance of rivers and waterways in our state create excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our amazing state parks also play a vital role in attracting visitors. Nebraska offers a range of landscapes from pine-covered bluffs in the northwest to the rolling Sandhills and prairie grasslands of central Nebraska. There are unique and picturesque rock formations in western Nebraska, scenic river communities along the Missouri River and acres of wide open range and pastureland in between.


Ecotourism is vital in Nebraska where 97 percent of the land is privately owned. Forging partnerships with private land owners are critical in providing access to our beautiful landscapes and bountiful hunting opportunities.


According to statistics gathered by the Nebraska Division of Tourism and Travel in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraskans and visitors to Nebraska together made more than 19 million trips in the state in 2010 to destinations 100 miles or more away from home. Travelers spent nearly $4 billion in Nebraska during 2010 on day trips more than 100 miles away and trips with overnight stays. Annual spending on these trips has increased by $2.3 billion since 1990. Jobs attributable to travel in Nebraska totaled more than 45,000 in 2010. For trips by visitors, the leading states of origin were Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri and South Dakota.


Together with hunting, fishing, birding, camping, hiking, and biking, opportunities for outdoor recreation are some of the fastest growing segments of our tourism industry. Growth in all these areas is helping to make Nebraska a tourism destination. In addition, visitors experience all the great things Nebraska has to offer, and then spread the word to friends and family members. I look forward to continued growth in ecotourism across our state.

10 Things Baby Boomers Want Hotels to Know

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

10 Things Baby Boomers Want Hotels to Know

Tips to make hotel stays more comfortable for a generation of guests.

Friday, May 06, 2011

David Porter

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to roam the cities of Europe for 30 days each year. This experience made a profound, and lasting impact on my life. I developed a love for travel, a child-like curiosity, and a passionate sense of wonder as I viewed beautiful landscapes, and diverse cultures.

Fast forward 30 years, and I now find that I have passed that adventurous spirit on to my wife Carol. During the last 20 years, as successful business owners, we always set aside time to explore the world, visit great museums, hike wonderful trails, dine in fabulous restaurants, unwind in the finest resorts and generally roam about with wide-eyed wonder.

We created the Roaming Boomers online travel magazine to provide our readers and subscribers with a well-worn path to exciting destinations, adventures and experiences. We roam, and our readers follow. We do all the scouring, planning, and heavy lifting so that others might simply experience vicariously and follow behind.

We’re excited about writing occasionally for Hotel Interactive because we are building relationships with thousands of baby boomer travelers, and we would love to be a bridge of communication between them and the hospitality industry.

Our first topic covers a quick list of things that baby boomers would like to communicate to the hotel industry that would make their stays more comfortable, and enjoyable. We compiled it from an informal poll through our social media channels.

In no particular order, hereʼs the list:

1. Electrical outlets. It seems that many hotels are stingy with their outlets. If you have a CPAP sleeping machine to plug in, or computers and batteries to recharge, this presents a challenge.

2. Massaging showerheads. Evidently someone has some sore muscles after a day of adventure.

3. Double sinks. We recently stayed in a hotel with only one sink. Rushing my bride out of the bathroom, so I can shave isnʼt received very well.

4. Makeup mirrors. My wife heartily agreed with this one.

5. Room dimmers/better lighting. Dimmers allow the guest can set the desired amount of light.

6. In-room coffeemakers. This one is a pet-peeve of mine. I donʼt like it when I am forced to the lobby with my hair askew, and my face unshaven. Further, I donʼt want to clean up before I have my morning coffee.

7. Charges for Internet service. There was an overwhelming cry on this topic. In particular, why do high-end hotels charge, when Motel 6 gives you Internet for free?

8. Comfortable furniture. Particularly with more modern decor, hotel design has taken precedence over comfort.

9. Make it special. Some guests feel that once the registration is done, there is no more communication by the hotel. A quick check to assure that everything is satisfactory is much appreciated.

10. Bring me back. This is business 101, but I canʼt recall a hotel ever sending me a thank-you note, with perhaps a promotion offering a discount for a return visit.

There you have it. The 10 things that press most upon the minds of your baby boomer guests. We hope youʼre listening.

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