|Gov. Heineman: Get out & explore Nebraska with 2012 Passport|
By Governor Dave Heineman
May 4, 2012
The third annual Passport program builds on the success of last year’s tour of 33 stops. In 2012, the program has expanded to 80 stops organized into 10 special interest tours: culinary, culture, family fun, festivals, golf, GROW Nebraska, parks, unique accommodations, water adventure and wineries. These themed tours allow participants to tailor their travels to match their interest.
The promotion highlights historic treasures including: Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, the State Capitol in Lincoln, the Argo Hotel in Crofton, Fort Robinson State Park in Crawford and Glur’s Tavern in Columbus. It features unique attractions such as River Inn Resort in Brownville, Mac’s Creek Winery & Vineyards in Lexington, Ricky and Lucy’s Country Greenhouse near Sidney, Sandstone Grill in Burwell and Kool-Aid Days in Hastings.
The Passport stops represent only a few of the diverse activities and destinations our state has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a short getaway or a vacation destination, Nebraska is rich in opportunities to take in beautiful views along scenic byways, to explore nature through ecotourism, to experience excellent golf courses, and much, much more.
The tourism and travel industry has an important economic impact on our state. It generates more than $4 billion a year. Total travel expenditures in Nebraska have increased by more than $2.4 billion from 1990-2011. According to the Division of Tourism, in 2011, tourism accounted for more than 45,600 jobs statewide in areas including bed and breakfast owners, outfitters that provide canoeing and kayaking along the Niobrara River, taxi drivers, hotel employees, and people who work at attractions around the state from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo to Minden’s Pioneer Village.
Travelers will find that their lodging, dining and entertainment dollars go further in Nebraska because our state remains one of the nation’s most cost-effective destinations. So I encourage Nebraskans and those in surrounding states to get out and explore Nebraska this year.
More information is available online at VisitNebraska.gov, http://www.nebraskapassport.com. Connect with Nebraska Tourism through the Visit Nebraska Facebook page at www.facebook.com/visitnebraska, on Twitter @NebraskaTourism and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nebraskatourism.
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