GI Tourism “cautiously optimistic” about summer season

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:01 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - This week is National Tourism Week, which is known for kicking off the summer tourism season and this year Grand Island Tourism is feeling feeling “cautiously optimistic” about it.

They recognized Hear Grand Island Monday morning because they’re expected to return this year after canceling in 2020. They expect to bring roughly 2,500 people to GI for each of their 10 concerts.

Between these events and the many others happening in Grand Island, GI Tourism Director Brad Mellema said it’s starting to get back to normal.

“The community is waking up,” he said. “We are starting to see events, whether it’s sports events. We just saw the end of thoroughbred racing at Fonner Park. Stuhr museum, they’ve been opened but they just opened railroad town and had record attendance there. So we are poised to have a really productive summer season.”

Mellema said they’re looking forward to the return of Husker Harvest Days and a full state fair as well.

While it won’t make up for last year’s losses, he said a busy summer is a good start.

“It’s going to take a good two to three years to fully recover I think the full tourism economy to what it was pre-COVID,” Mellema said. “But a strong summer ending with a great State Fair, Husker Harvest Days, Aksarben Cattle Show those are all important things.”

GI Tourism has started a Grand Island Vibe app for both iPhones and Androids that are full of all events coming up for people to keep track.

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