Tourism is a growth industry for Nebraska. From birding trails to hunting tours, from historical sites to natural wonders, Nebraska has much to offer its visitors.
Thousands of visitors come to central Nebraska for the annual Sandhill crane migration. As a result of research by the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative in collaboration with the Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center, a sampling of some of the many attractions in the region has been developed. For a downloadable document that includes a detailed list of attractions and a map, click the link above.
We hope you will come to central Nebraska to see the Sandhills crane migration spectacle and that, while you are there, you will also take time to explore these and other hidden treasures in the area.
The Rural Initiative helps Nebraska communities capture the revenue offered by tourism with Red Carpet Service and Visitor Surveys. The Initiative also supports the UNL Grassland Foundation in its annual lecture series on regional and global grassland conservation through nature tourism and other
University of Nebraska researchers exploring Nebraska tourism opportunities.
Red Carpet Service is an educational program sponsored by the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative that helps front-line professionals:
- Discover tools to promote tourism,
- Practice skills to identify and respond to traveler needs, and
- Promote their community in a positive way.
In 2010 the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative Director, Sandy Scofield, and staff members Randy Cantrell, Rural Sociologist, and Connie Francis, Educator and Tourism Specialist, designed and conducted a survey of crane migration visitors to determine what other activities they would enjoy doing during their visit. Click above for the results of the survey.
Nebraska Bed and Breakfasts: Business Practices and Innkeeper Motivations
The intent of the study by Connie Francis, University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension was to gain a better understanding of the management issues of bed and breakfast (B&B) businesses in Nebraska and the motivations that prompted residents to establish this type of entrepreneurial enterprise.
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