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Gov. Heineman Unveils 2011 Nebraska Passport;

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

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Gov. Heineman Unveils 2011 Nebraska Passport;

Proclaims ‘See Nebraska Week’

2011 Passport program highlights Nebraska stops & adventures

 

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today kicked off ‘See Nebraska Week,’ by announcing the 2011 Nebraska Passport program, which promotes opportunities for summer travel across the state. The Governor signed a proclamation declaring May 7 to 15 as See Nebraska Week, which encourages Nebraskans and other visitors to learn more about vacation and travel options in Nebraska.

 

“This is a good time to make plans to explore Nebraska, and the passport program is a great way to get started by highlighting travel opportunities,” Gov. Heineman said. “Travelers will find that their lodging, dining and entertainment dollars go further in Nebraska. We encourage Nebraskans and those in surrounding states to get out and explore Nebraska this year.”

 

The tourism and travel industry has an important economic impact on the state. It continues to be the third largest revenue producer from outside the state, behind agriculture and manufacturing, and generates more than $3 billion a year. Total travel expenditures in Nebraska have increased by more than $2.4 billion from 1990 to 2010. In 2009, tourism accounted for more than 45,000 jobs statewide.

 

A one-percent lodging tax provides funding for the Division of Travel and Tourism at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, which promotes statewide attractions and attracts visitors to Nebraska. Lodging tax revenue reached a new high in 2010 totaling more than $3.8 million.

 

The 2011 Nebraska Passport program highlights destinations across the state. Travelers are encouraged to pick up a souvenir passport at one of 33 participating locations and collect stamps from each location visited to win prizes. This year’s passport promotion builds on the 27 stops featured in last year’s Nebraska Byways Passport. Visitors returning a passport with 11 stamps receive a passport t-shirt; a $25 GROW Nebraska gift card for those with 22 stamps; and a Bushnell binocular digital camera for completing the tour. A grand-prize drawing for an Apple iPad will be held this fall. More information is available online at NebraskaPassport.com.

 

The passport promotion highlights destinations including: the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, the Wildcat Hills Nature Center in Gering, Ponca State Park, the Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center in Ogallala, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Valentine, Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, and more than two dozen others.

 

The division has also launched a promotion encouraging golfers in neighboring states to “Get Driving” to Nebraska for a golf getaway. The campaign will raise awareness of the quality, variety and value of golf experiences that make Nebraska an attractive destination for golfers. There are nearly 200 public golf courses and other private courses across Nebraska.

 

Other vacation options include historic attractions, opportunities to take in scenic views along scenic byways, waterways and recreational trails, tours of the state’s 25 wineries, local festivals and other special events, and farms and ranches offering hunting and other sporting opportunities. Nebraska’s eight state parks and 65 state recreation areas provide additional opportunities for outdoor activities.

 

Nebraska remains one of the most cost-effective destinations in the nation for travelers.

Interactive maps, road trip ideas, trip planners and more are available online at VisitNebraska.gov.

 

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Attached is a list of destinations featured as part of the 2011 Nebraska Passport.

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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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