Industry

Welcome to the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau website page dedicated to the Lincoln County Tourism industry!

 

The North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau offers several grant programs throughout the year to help organizations and attractions develop and promote their tourism offerings. Promotion and Incentive Fund grants are heard on a monthly basis.

 

The deadline for application submission is the first day of the month at least 60 days prior to the event. Applicants must be present at the Advisory Committee meeting to present their project to the committee. Promotion funds must be used to promote events or attractions. Incentive funds can be used to help defray the cost of hosting an event.

 

You can download a current Promotion and Incentive Fund grant application by clicking on this link:2016-2017 Promotion and Incentive Application. Application forms are also available by calling the Visitors Bureau at 308-532-4729 or by emailing mclark@visitnorthplatte.com.

 

The Improvement Fund grant cycle begins each year with an “intent to apply” letter outlining the project and estimated cost that is due on the first business day of July each year. Visitors Bureau staff will then review the letters and schedule a meeting with applicants. Full applications are due on the last business day of September and are considered at the Advisory Committee meeting in October. Improvement Funds must be used to make brick-and-mortar investments in new or expanding visitor services within Lincoln County. For more information, contact the Visitors Bureau at 308-532-4729. You can download a current Improvement Fund grant application by clicking on this link: 2016 MAJOR Improvement Fund Grant Application or 2016 MINOR Improvement Fund Grant Application. Application forms are also available by calling the Visitors Bureau at 308-532-4729 or by emailing mclark@visitnorthplatte.com. Please note, the deadline for “intent to apply” letters has passed, and organizations that did not submit letters will not be allowed to submit an application.

 

Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop Scholarship
Each year the Nebraska Tourism Commission hosts the Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to help rural entrepreneurs learn how to get the most out of their land, gain the latest industry knowledge, hear fresh marketing ideas, find greater financial opportunities and network with potential partners. The 2016 conference is scheduled for February 22-24 at the Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island.
The North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau believes strongly in the opportunities available in the area of agri/eco tourism for Lincoln County. As part of our commitment to continuing to help grow the rural tourism product offered in Lincoln County, we are offering two scholarships in the amount of $400 each to help defray the cost of local entrepreneurs attending this workshop.
The scholarships are a stipend and not intended to cover all costs associated with the conference, but are reimbursements to cover the cost of conference registration, lodging, meals and travel.
Applicants must complete an application and include up to three typed pages of information with answers to the following: Statement of financial need; number of years they have attended the Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop; statement explaining existing or future tourism organization/business; statement explaining how attending the Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop will benefit them and/or their organization/business. In addition, applicants agree to provide a written summary to the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau detailing what they learned at the workshop and how their tourism business/organization will benefit. The 2016 Agri/Eco Tourism Scholarship Application and guidelines can be downloaded by clicking on this link: 2016 Agri Eco Workshop Scholarship


What is the state of North Platte’s Tourism Product? Here is the full Community Assessment conducted by Roger Brooks of Destination Development International.

North Platte Community Assessment

How important is tourism to Nebraska’s economy? Click here for the latest information from the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
Nebraska Travel Impacts

For a look at how tourism spending impacts North Platte, here are the figures for Lincoln County.
2012 Tourism Facts for Lincoln County
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Tornado Information