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(Neb)-Panhandle Expecting Good Tourist Season  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2017 11:59 PM
CHADRON -  This is the 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week and Panhandle tourism leaders are excited about the prospects for this year. Northwest Nebraska Tourism Director Kristina Harter says everything is pointing to a big year.

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Harter says the total eclipse of the sun coming in August is generating lots of interest inside and outside the area since the path of totality splits the Panhandle on a line through Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and the city of Alliance.

     Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive director John Ricks is traveling the state for Tourism Week, hosting 6 town halls to give updates on current tourism projects and goals while listening to comments and ideas from local residents and tourism leaders.

      One of the meetings is in the Panhandle, Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 in the Gering Civic Center. The town hall is listed as about an hour, but the Gering stop is the only one on Ricks' schedule for the day, so he might let it run over a bit.

        Tourism is Nebraska's #3 industry, supporting 47,400 jobs in the state. Nationally, travel supports one in nine American jobs.


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