- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A study says the solar eclipse brought an estimated 616,000 out-of-state visitors to Nebraska.

The study by Dean Runyan and Associates and Destination Analysts Inc. was done for the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The study says more than 708,000 people traveled to watch the Aug. 21 event, and about 87 percent of them didn’t live in Nebraska.

The economic impact was estimated at $127 million.

Nebraska Tourism executive director John Ricks says officials hope the travelers “were inspired to share stories about their Nebraska experience and to visit again.”

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