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COVID-19 impacts tourism in North Platte

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 9:14 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With all of the events that are being changed and canceled across the state, tourism has decreased significantly. This has certainly affected some of North Platte’s local vendors and event planners.

The Visitors Center operates entirely off of lodging taxes and is suffering from the pandemic.

The executive director of the North Platte Visitor Center, Lisa Burke said, “The beginning of March to June we probably lost over $25 million worth of economic impact spending within our community with events that we lost like Nebraskaland Days.”

Not only is the decrease in our tourism season affecting businesses, but employees who work at many of these locations are being laid off as well.

“There have been significantly less people,” said Nick Henline, the owner of Fort Cody. “We usually have three on a shift, but this summer we’ve really only needed two on a shift. So that really does show you we don’t need quite the same amount of employees”.

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