Representatives of the Nebraska Eclipse Coalition, an organization formed to promote Nebraska as a top travel destination for the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, says the event will be the top tourism event in the state next year.
According to Lora Young, executive director of the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce, the 10 Nebraska communities that comprise the group, including Scottsbluff, Gering and Alliance, will have some of the longest views of the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.
Young said, “The path of totality runs diagonally across the entire state, providing countless opportunities to witness the eclipse. Our wide open sky and low light pollution make Nebraska the perfect destination to view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. There won’t be any tall buildings or mountains to block your view,”
Nebraskans are urged to learn more, including lodging, special viewing events, best viewing areas, and a countdown clock by visiting neclipse17.com.
Young said close regional markets will be targeted with marketing efforts, noting the Nebraska Tourism Commission will spend $50,000 to market events around the state and provide coalition communities with another $25,000 to market their areas.