Grand Island/Hall County Convention Center & Visitor’s Bureau is responsible for promoting tourism to central Nebraska. Last summer they released an RFP for a site redesign. Level9 won the bid.
VisitGrandIsland.com hadn’t seen a redesign since the internet was born. As the agency responsible for promoting tourism to central Nebraska, they needed a site that was gorgeous, easy to maintain, and capable of showcasing Hall County’s many attractions.
We basically gutted the site, stripped everything back, and started from scratch. Grand Island's main attraction is their annual sandhill crane migration. We textured one of their wildlife photos and set it as the background image with a transparent overlay to blend it into the main content area. We then added a large slideshow and multiple textured elements to strike a balance between design and functionality. We also built a unique events calendar complete with an itenary planner. Now, local businesses and organizations can submit events that will be automatically added to the calendar (pending approval), which minimizes the work required by the CVB staff to keep everything up-to-date. Travelers can also use the custom itinerary planner to organize their trip without having to leave Grand Island's site. And to top it off, we created a mobile-optimized version of the site that makes navigating attractions or looking up hotel information from a smartphone nearly effortless.
The result is a stunning CVB site that speaks to the modern tourist. And we're proud to say it's every bit as functional as it is pretty.