Visit Omaha News Releases

Stay updated on what's going on in Omaha's Tourism Community. The below media releases range from hotel renovations to Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau news to Omaha convention announcements. For more information on any of the below releases, email Deborah Ward at

February 9, 2016
Omaha Adding More Nonstop Air Service

OMAHA, NEB. – Put American Airlines on the list of air carriers adding service in Omaha. Beginning June 2, 2016 American will add a daily nonstop flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA). TEASER BREAK “Adding… Read More

January 29, 2016
Visit Omaha Increases Convention Services Staff

OMAHA, NEB. – The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is proud to announce the hiring of two new staff members to its Convention Services team. TEASER BREAK Janelle Armstrong joins the OCVB as the Director of Convention Services, and Kelsey… Read More

December 16, 2015
Visit Omaha Increases Convention Sales Staff

OMAHA, NEB. – The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is proud to announce the hiring of two new staff members to its convention sales team. TEASER BREAK Matt Heck joins the OCVB as a National Sales Manager, and Mackenzie Coleman as a Sales… Read More

December 8, 2015
Crane Season in Omaha

New Marriott Starts to Take Flight OMAHA, NEB. – Construction cranes are on site as the new $225 million upscale urban dining and entertainment district begins to take shape near Omaha’s 250,000 sq. ft. convention center. The Capitol District will… Read More

October 8, 2015
Visitor Spending Reaches New Milestone

Five Straight Years of Tourism Growth “If we sound like a broken record, that’s because Omaha has experienced five straight years of tourism growth,” said Keith Backsen, Executive Director of the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB). “What’s… Read More

August 20, 2015
Omaha Lands in More Cities

OMAHA, NEB. – Flying to Omaha, NE just got easier. Four new non-stop flights from key cities across the country make Omaha an even more inviting destination. Southwest, Alaska and Allegiant Airlines have all announced new non-stop service to Omaha.… Read More

July 9, 2015
Bob Now has a Voice

OMAHA, NEB. - The Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is giving the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (Bob) a voice and a stage, sharing Bob's distinct point of view through a series of videos. TEASER BREAK The goal is to increase awareness of Omaha… Read More

June 15, 2015
$225 Million Dollar Capitol District to include Marriott Hotel

Milwaukee, Wis., June 15, 2015. . . Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), and MCS Capital LLC, today announced that Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the new Capitol District Marriott hotel… Read More

April 30, 2015
World’s Best Zoo Brings $1 Million in New Convention Business

OMAHA, NEB. - Omaha has been selected as the site for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2016 Mid-Year Meeting. The meeting will bring 900 attendees and more than $1 million to Omaha next year. "We could not have booked this event without… Read More

January 9, 2014
Omaha Selected to Host 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round

The City of Omaha has been selected to host the Final Round of the 2015 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix (WGP), which is the premier annual international women's volleyball tournament run by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The… Read More

July 2, 2013
Visitors Spend a Record $1 Billion in Omaha in 2012

OMAHA, NEB. - New economic impact research conducted by Tourism Economics shows more people are visiting Omaha and spending more in our city than ever before. In 2012, research shows 11.4 million visitors spent $1.025 billion dollars, a 13% spending… Read More

May 22, 2013
New Regional Tourism Campaign Promotes Omaha

OMAHA, NEB.- The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau(OCVB)is inviting people from the Kansas City, Des Moines and Sioux Falls areas to visit Omaha via a new advertising campaign. The ‘Welcome to the Weekend'campaign promotes Omaha as a great place… Read More

March 11, 2013
Magnolia Hotel Omaha Named 2012 “Property of the Year” in Stout Street Hospitality Collection

Media Contact: Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (970) 949-7919, Denver, Colo. - March 8, 2013 - Leigh Hitz, president and chief operating officer for Stout Street Hospitality, today announced that Magnolia Hotel Omaha… Read More

November 29, 2012
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Named 2012 College Baseball Field of the Year

Contact: Kristi Andersen, Director of Communications, MECA Telephone: (402) 599-6916 Email: For Immediate Release TD AMERITRADE PARK OMAHA NAMED 012 COLLEGE BASEBALL FIELD OF THE YEAR OMAHA, Neb.-The Metropolitan Entertainment… Read More

November 12, 2012
2012 Meetings Bring Millions to Omaha

OMAHA, NEB. -The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau booked more than 76 meetings in 2012, infusing $28 million into the local economy. "These meetings inject a stream of new revenue into our city," said Dana Markel, Executive Director of the Omaha… Read More

October 17, 2012
John Deere Meeting Brings $7.3 Million to Local Economy

Omaha CVB Launches New Economic Impact Service (OMAHA, NEB. - 2012) - John Deere and Company held its 2012 North American Dealer meeting in Omaha this August, bringing with it more than 4,100 overnight visitors. The figures are now in and according… Read More

June 7, 2012
Welcome to the Weekend Video Campaign Provides Chance to Be on TV

OMAHA, NEB. - June 7, 2012 - The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) announces the "Welcome to the Weekend" video campaign, an opportunity for Omaha visitors and residents to capture what they feel are the great things to do in Omaha. In… Read More

May 19, 2012
Omaha Adventure Offers Family Fun and Savings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: As families map out their summer game plan, the Omaha Adventure Savings Pack offers a way to make summer a winner. The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB), in partnership with top Omaha attractions, has created an… Read More

February 28, 2012
Omaha Tourism Official Named CSPI President

Contact: Kaitlin Friedmann Creative Marketing Alliance (609) 297-2215 Cathy Keller Takes the Helm at Association's Annual Conference PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ - February 28, 2012 - Convention Sales Professionals International… Read More

February 16, 2012
2012 Olympic Team Trials Swimming Media Credential Application Now Available

2012 OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS SWIMMING MEDIA CREDENTIAL APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The media credential application for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials - Swimming in Omaha, Neb., June 25 - July 2, is now available online . The… Read More

February 15, 2012 Adds New Visitor-Friendly Features

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: It is now easier for visitors to see what Omaha has to offer and plan a trip to the city., the official tourism website for the City of Omaha, has added a number of new visitor-friendly features, along with a new… Read More

July 7, 2011
Courtyard in Omaha, NE Completes a Major Lobby Renovation

CONTACT: Tom Helm General General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Omaha Downtown/Old Market 402-346-2200 x601 New Design Features High Tech GoBoard®, Flexible Work and Social Spaces and a 24/7 Food and Beverage Market Omaha,… Read More

May 18, 2011
Sheraton Hotels Returns to Omaha

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced its global powerhouse Sheraton Hotels will return to Omaha, Nebraska after nearly ten years with the upcoming opening of Sheraton Omaha Hotel in October. Owned by an investment… Read More

April 27, 2011
Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau launches enhanced mobile site for visitors, residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2011 Contact: Deborah Ward Director of Public Relations / Marketing 402.444.4665 Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau launches enhanced mobile site for visitors, residents Omaha, Neb.-Visitors and… Read More

February 3, 2011
Omaha Visitors Center Welcomes More Travelers than Ever Before

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: More than 25,000 visitors from all over the world stopped in to the Omaha Visitors Center during 2010, an increase of over 5,000 visitors from last year. Visitors came from every state in the U.S. and 98 different countries.… Read More

January 13, 2011
Pheasant Fest to Attract 2,000 Visitors to Omaha

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The nation's leading wildlife habitat conservation organization, Pheasants Forever, will hold its annual Pheasant Fest in Omaha January 27th through the 30th attracting at least 2,000 visitors to the city. Omaha was selected… Read More

December 8, 2010
Omaha Receives Early Holiday Gift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Omaha has been selected to host the 2013 and 2014 annual conference for the Nebraska Association of County Officials. The conference will bring approximately 850 visitors to Omaha during December of both years. "It's an honor… Read More

December 2, 2010
Omaha Holiday Gift Ideas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For those searching for a unique gift, the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau suggests sending a little piece of Omaha to family and friends this holiday season. The Omaha Visitors Center at 10th and Farnam offers more than… Read More

November 4, 2010
Omaha Goes “Eco-Chic” as Green Trailblazer Element Opens First Hotel in Midwest

Media Contact: Irene Kopitov Meg Connolly Communications 212.505.8200 Omaha Goes "Eco-Chic" as Green Trailblazer Element Opens First Hotel in Midwest Opening November 4, Element to Become First Hotel in Omaha's Thriving Midtown… Read More

October 27, 2010
American and Canadian Bankers Choose Omaha

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bankers from the United States and Canada are planning to visit Omaha in November. The city was selected as the site for this year's North American Agricultural Lenders Conference. The 5-day conference is touted as a… Read More

August 31, 2010
Labor of Love Brings Visitors to Omaha

Labor of Love Brings Visitors to Omaha FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Omaha will be a labor of love for hundreds of families this September as host of the 25th Anniversary celebration for the Pope Paul VI Institute. The event will bring an estimated 500… Read More

August 26, 2010
Adventure Cab Drives Dollars to Omaha

Adventure Cab Drives Dollars to Omaha FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A virtual cab ride through Omaha, complete with an eccentric driver entices an international conference to the city. The International Association of Operative Millers' Conference and Expo… Read More

June 15, 2010
Hilton Omaha To Undergo $35 Million Expansion

OMAHA, Neb. - (June 15, 2010) - Hilton Worldwide and the City of Omaha announced today plans for a 15-month expansion and renovation project designed to lure more meetings and events to the area. The announcement was made at the Hilton Omaha at a… Read More

May 19, 2010
New Partnership Creates Omaha Adventure

New Partnership Creates Omaha Adventure FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Visitors and Omaha residents are invited to enjoy an Omaha Adventure this summer with an unprecedented offer. The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) in partnership with Omaha’s… Read More

March 22, 2010
Director of Sales, Cathy Keller, Receives National Award

Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Receives National Honor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Honored for her hard work and dedication to the tourism industry, Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Sales, Cathy Keller received the Shawn Corwin Award… Read More

December 16, 2009
Omaha Visitors Center Reaches Milestone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: More people have walked through the doors of the Omaha Visitors Center during 2009 than the previous two years combined. The Omaha Visitors Center has welcomed 20,835 people this past year and the number is expected to grow… Read More

December 16, 2009
Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Receives Meeting Planners’ Choice Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Planners' Choice Award by MeetingNews Magazine. The award honors excellence in the meeting industry and the Omaha Convention and Visitors… Read More

September 9, 2009
Adventure Cab Drives National Meeting Planners to Omaha

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dozens of national meeting planners hopped into a cab in Toronto, Canada and took a 2 minute ride through Omaha - virtually speaking - thanks to the magic of green-screen technology. Meeting planners had the chance to take… Read More

January 29, 2009
Omaha Visitors Center to Co-Star with George Clooney

Academy Award winning actor George Clooney will be at the Omaha Visitors Center this spring filming for the new movie, Up in the Air . Oscar nominated Juno director Jason Reitman wrote the screenplay and will direct the Paramount Pictures film.… Read More

November 24, 2008
New Omaha Visitor Center Opens

As the holiday travel season begins, the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) opens the city's new Omaha Visitors Center adding to the tourism landscape. "As Omaha grows as a visitor destination, it has been the vision of the Omaha Convention… Read More

August 27, 2008
Metro Group Inspires Birders to Flock to the Region

Bird Watchers now have a new way to search for great birding hotspots in eastern Nebraska, The new web site targets one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the country. The site was created by the Nebraska… Read More

August 26, 2008
Omaha Wins Top Honors

Omaha grabs the spotlight in front of thousands of national convention planners. Team Omaha received the "Best of Show-Best Booth Staff” award at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, CA. The… Read More

July 9, 2008
Giant Push Pins Map Out Fun for Visitors

The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is turning Omaha into a living map, marking top attractions with Giant Push Pins. The goal is to lure more visitors out of their hotel rooms and inspire them to explore the city. "We find hotel visitors… Read More

April 22, 2008
Omaha Hosts National Sports Convention

Omaha is the place to be if you want to find the latest trends in the sports world. This week the city hosts 500 members of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) for the organization's annual convention and meeting. This prestigious… Read More

April 22, 2008
Omaha Sales Manager Earns Sports Certification

Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) Sales Manager, Mark Rath, is now Omaha's first Certified Sports Event Executive. Rath received this important designation at this weeks National Association of Sports Commission’s convention in Omaha.… Read More

February 5, 2008
Put Omaha on the World Edition MONOPOLY Board

Imagine someone in Russia picking up a MONOPOLY game and finding Omaha on the game board! It could happen! The first ever MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition will represent cities from around the world and Omaha has the opportunity to jump in the… Read More

January 14, 2008
Rachael Ray to Feature Omaha

Omaha will be featured in the popular magazine 'Every Day with Rachael Ray'. The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) encouraged visitors and residents to submit unique Omaha experiences to the magazine and "the response was fantastic” said… Read More

May 24, 2006

Know the O!“ Family Fun Day Be a Tourist in Your Own Town: Learn about Omaha’s Past, Present & Future and Enjoy Free Family Entertainment Omaha, NE (5/8/06) – Did you know visitors spent over $1 billion in Omaha last year? Omaha is becoming more… Read More

December 6, 2005
The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Invites You To Take the Know the O! Game Show Challenge

The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau invites all attendees of the Buy the Big O! Show on October 11, at the Qwest Center Omaha, to stop by our booth for a chance to play the Know the O! Game Show. Local radio and television personality… Read More

December 6, 2005
The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces the Dedication of the Two New Visitor Information Centers at Eppley Airfield

The Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the dedication of its two new visitor information centers at Eppley Airfield. An official dedication with Mayor Mike Fahey is planned on Wednesday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m., and… Read More

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