This year’s Friend of Tourism award goes to the Beatrice Girls’ Softball Association, which helps fill hotels in the area with numerous tournaments. The Outstanding Tourism Campaign award goes to the Trail of Treasures project, an antiques and collectibles event that spans southern Nebraska along U.S. Highway 136 and Highway 34.
The Outstanding Tourism Website recognition went to Oak Aven Acres, an RV Park and Bed and Breakfast located next to the Homestead National Monument of America. The Outstanding Tourism Event for this year the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival at the Homestead National Monument of America. This year’s version of that event is set for May 25th. It draws fiddlers from several states. A social media campaign for it begins today. The Outstanding Tourism Attraction is the Chief Standing Bear Trail, which extends from Beatrice to the Nebraska-Kansas line. It follows a former Union-Pacific Rail corridor, commemorating the Ponca Tribe’s journey across Nebraska.
Michael Collins of the Nebraska Tourism Commission was the guest speaker. He works in the group travel market. The state has been using a new slogan, “Honestly…it’s not for everyone”.
:42 “Nebraska’s For You”
There is a Nebraska Travel Guide that makes use the slogan and features attractions across the state. Collins says the state’s Passport Program, now in its tenth year, has done a great job of promoting in-state travel. It runs from May to the end of September.
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Collins says the program creates a level of awareness with visitors.
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Gwenith Colgrove, President of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre says the organization also has a one-room school that’s been restored, and that was open for tours.
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The tourism dinner was organized by Gage County Tourism Coordinator Courtney Schlake…and awards were presented by Chairperson of the Tourism Advisory Committee, Glennis McClure.