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Destination Lincoln: Tourism Numbers Reach an All-Time High for Lancaster County

Lodging Tax Collections show visitors flocking to Lincoln in record numbers

Lincoln, Neb. – County Lodging Tax collections for the month of July 2016 reached an all-time high of $408,034.29, breaking the previous best by more than 16%.  The tax is collected each time a lodging facility room is rented for an overnight stay in Lancaster County.

Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jeff Maul attributes the growth to a focused effort by the City and County to expand area attractions and create a national awareness of Lincoln as a destination for conventions, sporting events and leisure travel.

“Overall we’ve put in a lot of work to market Lincoln,” said Maul.  “It’s been a real partnership between the City, the County and all of our facilities and hotels. There is a vibe about Lincoln right now and each time I talk with visitors to Lincoln, they tell me what a wonderful impression our City has left upon them.”

Some of the more notable events in July of 2016 include:

  • USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships
  • World Tenpin Bowling Youth Championships
  • Cornhusker State Games
  • HobbyTown USA Annual Convention
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses District Convention

Lancaster County Commissioners oversee Lodging Tax collections.  County Commissioner Deb Schorr reiterated the impact visitors are having on the County.

“People are making a conscious decision to visit,” said Schorr.  “The numbers reflect all of the effort we’ve put forward as a community to make Lincoln and Lancaster County a destination. When visitors come here they shop in our stores, they visit our small businesses and they have an enormous impact on our economy. We are doing all we can to ensure they have a positive experience.”

County lodging taxes have steadily grown over the past decade, indicating the overall tourism climate in Lincoln and Lancaster County are improving.  Year-to-date numbers for the 2016 fiscal year show collections are up more than 14% when compared to 2015.

For a complete breakdown of the tax collections contact County Administrator Kerry Eagan at keagan@lancaster.ne.gov or (402) 441-7447.