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(Neb)-It's National Travel And Tourism Week

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/07/2019 01:02 PM
LINCOLN - This is the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, uniting communities across the country to celebrate the value travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal well-being. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation for it Monday.

     This year's theme is "Travel Matters," highlighting the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of culture and economy.

     The Nebraska Tourism Commission is celebrating a different facet of travel each day: the economy, new experiences, jobs, infrastructure, health benefits, hometown pride and how travel strengthens families.

    State Tourism Director John Ricks used the occasion to encourage all Nebraskans to take an extra getaway this summer and visit one or more of the areas of the affected by the devastating spring floods, especially those dependent on tourism. Ricks said tourism spending will never be more appreciated than right now, and he called on residents to give those areas "some special love throughout the summer."

      Ricks is visiting communities and meeting with local tourism leaders across the state this week, with stops planned in Gering on Wednesday and Valentine on Thursday. In Gering, Ricks will tour Scotts Bluff National Monument, then be the keynote speaker at the invitation-only Salute to Tourism Luncheon at the Gering Civic Center.

     In the Panhandle, National Travel and Tourism Week was officially kicked off at Scotts Bluff National Monument with proclamations signed by Scotts Bluff County Board Chair Ken Meyer and Mayors Tony Kaufman of Gering and Raymond Gonzales of Scottsbluff.

     The monument hosted not only because it's one of the region's biggest tourist attractions, drawing more than 147,000 visitors last year, but because it's celebrating its 100th birthday this year.


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