About Kearney

In March 2010, the City of Kearney proclaimed Kearney as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. For 6 weeks, late February to early April, more than 80% of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River. The Kearney area offers a wide variety of crane viewing experiences.

Kearney is filled with historical and cultural museums and family-friendly activities.  Unique shopping venues are featured in downtown Kearney, “The Bricks” and at the Hilltop Mall.  Tempt your palate with an assortment of restaurants featuring local flare, international, national franchise and good ole Nebraska beef.  Local wineries and breweries are a must see when you’re looking to kick back and relax.

Entertainment at its finest can be found in Central Nebraska.  The Viaero Event Center hosts numerous concerts, events and performances all year round and is home to the Tri-City Storm, a USHL Hockey Team.  The Merryman Performing Arts Center and the Kearney Community Theatre offer theatrical and musical entertainment.  If you’re not the theatre type, then check out the events calendar for all the different types of happenings in the area.

You will find not only historic trails, such as the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails converge through Central Nebraska but the City of Kearney features over 18 miles of trails, a perfect combination for walking, rollerblading, mountain biking or wildlife viewing. Experience over a dozen parks which include disc golf, water parks, and sport complexes and golf courses.

Kearney, on average hosts a convention or an event per day and is the number one convention location outside Lincoln and Omaha.  If you’re interested in hosting an event or conference in Kearney then submit your RFP today and one of our sales team will be in touch.

About Kearney Nebraska

The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to many Nebraska communities, among them Kearney Junction.

The Kearney Visitors Bureau was formed in 1981 after the State of Nebraska passed the Nebraska Visitors Development Act.

Who is the Kearney Visitors Bureau?

The Kearney Visitors Bureau was formed in 1981 after the State of Nebraska passed the Nebraska Visitors Development Act.

The lodging tax is a sales tax imposed upon the total gross receipts charged for the occupancy of any space furnished by any hotel (including a state-operated hotel), motel, tourist home, campground, court, inn, bed and breakfast, or lodging house in Nebraska. The lodging tax is imposed in addition to the regular sales and use tax.

81-1245 Act; purposes.
The purposes of the Nebraska Visitors Development Act are (1) to create a fund for general promotional activity, solicitation, and an operating program to attract visitors to Nebraska and further the use of travel and tourism facilities in Nebraska, (2) to provide for a lodging tax on hotels for the purpose of establishing a State Visitors Promotion Cash Fund, and (3) to authorize the governing body of any county to appoint a visitors committee and impose a lodging tax on hotels for the purpose of establishing a County Visitors Promotion Fund and a County Visitors Improvement Fund.
Source: Laws 1980, LB 499, § 1; Laws 1988, LB 797, § 1; Laws 1989, LB 262, § 1; Laws 2003, LB 726, § 1. Effective date August 31, 2003.

A local lodging tax provides a number of benefits for tourism developers and the local community. The lodging tax can be beneficial because it:
1. Provides funding for tourism marketing and development staff at a convention and visitors bureau.
2. Provides funding for marketing and advertising activities.
3. Establishes a standard measure from which to monitor tourism trends in the community.
4. Furnishes a tool to make estimates of the economic impact of tourism.