2015 Nebraska Travel Industry Award Winner

Nebraska’s tourism industry professionals honored the Crane Trust at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Gala in Columbus, Nebraska during the Nebraska Tourism Conference. State Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus and Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director Kathy McKillip announced the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center as the 2015 Nebraska Travel Industry award winner of the Outstanding Nature-Tourism Entity Award.

Crane Trust staff accepting the Outstanding Nature-Tourism Entity Award. Photo by Brad Mellema.

Crane Trust staff accepting the Outstanding Nature-Tourism Entity Award. Photo by Brad Mellema.

The Crane Trust was recognized as a highly visible center, just off I-80 at the Alda Exit is the gateway for visitors wanting to explore central Nebraska and the great sandhill crane migration. Migration season in the spring generates an estimated $10.3 million to Nebraska’s economy every year. Marketing of the Crane Trust has increased in the past years, which is reflected in their visitation numbers. In 2015, the center saw a 35% increase in visitors reaching over 35,000. Visitors can see more than just cranes with the center’s recent introduction of pure American bison on their acres of mixed grass prairie. The bison allow for year-round tourism at the center. The facility is doing an excellent job providing a dynamic, engaging gateway and resource for community outreach, education and eco-tourism.

For information on all the award winners, click here.

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