Official: Virus was ‘devastating’ for Nebraska tourism

Nebraska News

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s tourism industry has lost millions of dollars in revenue to the coronavirus pandemic and will face major challenges as it tries to recover.

Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director John Ricks says visitor spending was $152.6 million lower in March than it was at the same time last year.

The tourism commission’s revenue from a state lodging tax dropped nearly 60% as well, indicating that hotels and motels were severely hit.

Ricks says he’s hopeful that the governor’s recent moves to ease social-distancing restrictions on Monday will help. The upcoming changes will allow for larger crowds at public events, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will reopen for the first time in months.

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