|May 07, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - On Monday, Karla Niedan-Streeks (left), executive director of the Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with Brenda Leisy, director of the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau, helped unveil their new mobile visitor information center. The colorful trailer highlights area attractions and will accompany area tourism professionals to marketing trips outside the area.
Tourism, the state’s third largest industry, is the highlight of a weeklong celebration around the area. From May 2 – 10, the cities of Gering, Scottsbluff and Terrytown, along with Scotts Bluff County, are commemorating National Travel and Tourism Week with numerous activities.
Celebrations began Monday at the Gering Civic Center with mayoral proclamations of tourism week. A new mobile visitor information center was unveiled, in the form of a trailer that will appear at events throughout National Tourism Week. The trailer will make its first official appearance at the Sugar Valley Rally.
Tuesday, a new mural at the airport’s baggage pickup area welcoming visitors to the area was unveiled and Monument Inns and Suites in Gering hosted a barbecue under their new gazebo.
On Thursday, the Nebraska Passport Program gets underway to promote area sites to travelers. Local attractions chosen to participate in the program include the Union Bar in Gering, Gering Bakery, Scotts Bluff National Monument and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Harrison. Also on Thursday, the Gering Business Club is hosting a picnic lunch at the monument.
On Friday, the area’s frontline employees will have the opportunity to participate in the Tourism Toolkit Tour of local attractions.
Tourism celebrations culminate on Friday at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Scottsbluff when the public is invited from 4-6 p.m. for hot dogs grilled by professional steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch. A dunk tank, bounce house and other activities are planned.