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Smithsonian article about Lincoln, Nebraska

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Eight New Businesses Certified by Greener Nebraska

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Eight New Businesses Certified by Greener Nebraska


LINCOLN, NEB. (Aug. 8, 2011)—Eight Nebraska businesses recently earned certification from Greener Nebraska by meeting green performance standards.


The eight businesses qualifying for certification were:


  • Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, Wood River
  • Western Nebraska Segway Experience Center, Scottsbluff
  • Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln
  • Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon
  • Green Acres Motel & RV Park, Red Cloud
  • Best Western Settle Inn, Omaha
  • Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, Denton
  • Mom’s Pantry, Ogallala


Greener Nebraska, developed by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division, strives to reduce the tourism industry’s impact on the environment and to attract travelers interested in visiting green destinations. Its certification process previously had been restricted to tourism-related businesses along Nebraska’s nine Scenic Byways; the program expanded this year to help businesses across the state become more environmentally friendly.


Now that the program is open to businesses throughout the state, getting certified through Greener Nebraska is a simple and free way to promote your conservation efforts.


Visit our website,, to learn more about the program and to begin the certification process.

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 A mobile Web page includes a list of courses and possible trip itineraries at


Social media sites also offer golfers new ways to learn about Nebraska golf courses and engage other golfers. 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 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.

Registration still open for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Karen Kollars at 800-228-4307, 308-249-3220, or

Tom Tabor at 800-228-4307, 402-471-7755, or


Registration still open for Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

Workshop rescheduled for March 22-23

LINCOLN, NEB. (Feb. 28, 2011) — The 2011 Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop is rescheduled for March 22-23 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Kearney.

The workshop, originally scheduled for the first week of February, was postponed due to hazardous weather and travel conditions. All of the original speakers will be presenting at the March workshop, including keynote speaker Stan Meador.

Meador—founder, owner and general manager of the X Bar Ranch Nature Retreat in Eldorado, Texas—will share 15 years worth of experiences with starting and running a tourism enterprise on his family’s fifth-generation ranch. This “nuts and bolts” presentation will help participants better understand why and how to diversify, how to manage various businesses operating on the same piece of land, and how to market a recreation product.

Previous registrants do not need to re-register. Those who now are unable to attend can contact Tom Tabor at for a refund. Others interested in the workshop can register at Lodging is available at the Ramada Conference Center. A discounted block of rooms is being held for the Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop until March 8.

The rescheduled workshop falls during the peak of the annual sandhill crane migration. Participants interested in viewing the cranes while in the area, can reserve a blind through the Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, 308-468-5282,; or the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, 308-382-1820,

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.
Book your stay at a local B&B!

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