The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse ended up being over a 120 million dollar impact on Nebraska in regards to additional sales and lodging tax income. It ended up being the single largest tourism event in Nebraska history.
Starting in April leading up to the event, a hotel room couldn’t be found in all of Nebraska outside of Omaha and a few left in Lincoln. Most communities had to bring in extra help just to answer the phone and reply to inquires about the eclipse.
Airbnb reported that 1,400 eclipse-related bookings took place in the state, which was worth a combined $166,000 for their hosts.
People traveled from all over the world to stake their spot in Nebraska for the Great American Eclipse.
All members of the Eclipse Coalition (Alliance, Beatrice, Gering, Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff) were presented certificates by Governor Ricketts for their support and dedication to the eclipse at the annual Nebraska Tourism Conference.