Nebraska lawmakers look for ways to boost the state’s tourism industry

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NebraskaThe lawmakers of Nebraska are looking for ways to give the state’s tourism industry a boost for attracting more money-spending visitors; however, a tight budget means they’re likely to have little additional funding for their efforts.

 
The tourism leaders said that the state officials should do more to expand tourism, which is the third largest industry behind agriculture and manufacturing.

 
Early ideas include partnerships between the state and local governments to pay for new facilities, such as visitors’ centres, or maintenance of local historic buildings.

 
Senator Dan Quick, of Grand Island said, “When agriculture is down, you have to have another revenue source, and I think tourism will play an important role in that. Maybe we don’t have the Rocky Mountains and ski slopes, but we have a lot of great things here in Nebraska to be proud of.”

 
Still, any proposal that costs money is likely to face heavier scrutiny as long as state revenue continues to lag behind projections. Quick said that finding the fund to pay for any new programs would be difficult unless the state’s budget outlook improves.

 
Tourism officials in Grand Island believe that additional support will help them compete with larger cities while hosting major events.

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