Omaha Tourism 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 Tracie McPherson at

June 27, 2017
Omaha Ranks as One of America's Best Cities

OMAHA, NE. June 27, 2017 - Omaha has been named one of the best cities in America by Resonance Consultancy, a real estate, tourism, and economic development advisory company. During an awards ceremony in New York presented by National Geographic… Read More

June 13, 2017
It's All About Baseball in Omaha

(At least during the month of June) OMAHA, NE. June 13, 2017 – Baseball is in Omaha’s DNA and the month of June is proof. For the next several weeks Omaha will host the NCAA Men’s College World Series, and the Triple Crown… Read More

June 7, 2017
An Omaha Gem is Now Officially a National Treasure

OMAHA, NE. May 24, 2017 – One of Omaha’s historical treasures has joined an elite list. The Durham Museum was recently designated as a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service, which oversees the landmarks program, identified… Read More

June 5, 2017
Visit Omaha's Mackenzie Coleman Receives National Honor

OMAHA (May 8, 2017) – Visit Omaha is proud to announce that one of its staff has received national recognition as a future leader in the tourism industry. National Sales Manager Mackenzie Coleman has been selected by Destination Marketing… Read More

May 25, 2017
Bob's New Exercise Plan for the Summer & Beyond

You Don’t Have to be IN Shape. You just have to be A shape OMAHA, NE. May 25, 2017 – Bob T. Bridge, (aka Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge) has a new way for everyone and anyone to become an official marathoner…sticker and all. Bob is… Read More

May 16, 2017
Visit Omaha Expands Sales Staff

OMAHA, NE. May 16, 2017 – Visit Omaha, the official tourism authority for the City of Omaha, is proud to announce the hiring of two new staff members. “When you hear stories from local people on how tourism impacts them, you get a real… Read More

May 11, 2017
Visit Omaha Celebrates Travel and Tourism Week

New Video Series Lets Locals Do the Talking OMAHA, NE. May 11, 2017 – The impact tourism has on Omaha’s economy is big, but how big? In recognition of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13th, Visit Omaha has created a series of… Read More

May 1, 2017
U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming to Return to Omaha in 2020

  CenturyLink Center Omaha will host fourth consecutive Olympic selection event   OMAHA, Neb.  – Following sustained, record-setting growth since 2008, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming will return to Omaha for the… Read More

April 25, 2017
Metro Area Celebrates the Best in Tourism

Eight Local Residents Receive Top Awards OMAHA, NE. April 24, 2017  – More than 18,000 employees work in the tourism industry in the Omaha metropolitan area. Today the best of the best were honored for their outstanding customer service.… Read More

April 5, 2017
Visit Omaha Hires Director of Communications

Visit Omaha Hires Director of Communications OMAHA, NE. April 5, 2017 – Visit Omaha, the official tourism authority for the City of Omaha, is proud to announce Tracie McPherson as Director of Communications, a new position at the organization.… Read More

March 30, 2017
Omaha Hosts 2017 FEI World Cup Finals

Omaha Hosts 2017 FEI World Cup Finals OMAHA, NE. March 30, 2017 – Olympic gold medalists, an NHL CEO, the star of one of television’s most popular shows, and the daughter of the richest man in the world will be on hand as Omaha hosts the… Read More

March 22, 2017
Omaha Adds Nonstop Air Service from Both Coasts

Omaha Adds Nonstop Air Service from Both Coasts OMAHA, NE. March 22, 2016 - Whether you’re visiting from the East or West Coast, flying to Omaha continues to get easier. American and Alaska Airlines just announced new nonstop service to Omaha… Read More

February 14, 2017
Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center Rank High in Ticket Sales

Orpheum and Holland Center Continue Among Top Venues Worldwide OMAHA, Neb., (Feb 14, 2017) – Omaha Performing Arts is proud to announce that the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center are ranked among the top theater venues in the… Read More

February 9, 2017
Omaha Children's Museum Announces Record Attendance for 2016

Omaha Children's Museum Announces Record Attendance in 2016 with 316,915 Visitors The Summer Exhibit Attracted More than 100,000 Visitors from May to September (Omaha, Neb.) - FEBRUARY 9, 2017 - Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St., set… Read More

November 21, 2016
Visit Omaha Announces Holiday Island

Visit Omaha Adds Holiday Island to the City’s Landscape OMAHA, NE – Get ready for a holiday surprise at this year’s kickoff to the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival. Visit Omaha has created “Holiday Island” in the Gene Leahy… Read More

November 17, 2016
Countdown Begins for Two Millionth Visitor at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Countdown Begins for Two Millionth Visitor at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® Omaha, NE (November 17, 2016) – The countdown has begun to reach Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s two millionth visitor milestone.… Read More

October 25, 2016
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® Sets New Record When it Comes to City and State Economy

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® Sets New Record When it Comes to City and State Economy Omaha, NE (October 25, 2016) – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s 2015 Economic Impact Study results reveal the economic… Read More

September 21, 2016
Old Market Inspires Winning Visit Omaha Booth

Old Market Inspires Big Win for Omaha OMAHA, NE – Omaha grabs the spotlight in front of thousands of national convention planners and decision-makers by taking top honors at one of the largest convention tradeshows in the country. Visit Omaha… Read More

August 8, 2016
2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials Economic Impact

2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials Surpasses $74 Million in Economic Impact OMAHA, NE – The final numbers have been calculated, and the total economic impact of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials event in Omaha is more than $74 million. In addition,… Read More

July 27, 2016
World's Elite Jumping and Dressage Riders Coming to Omaha for 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Marty Bauman, Classic Communications tel: 508-698-6810 Robyn Eden, Local PR Chair tel: 402-957-0429 Omaha, Nebraska - July 27, 2016 -  The 2017 FEI World… Read More

July 22, 2016
HITS Running Festivals Event Awarded Nebraska State Championship

John Eickman HITS Endurance, Inc. 1-845-247-7275   Omaha Marathon Named Nebraska USA Track & Field Marathon Championship Omaha, NE (July 22, 2016): The Omaha Marathon, presented by HITS Endurance, has been awarded the… Read More

July 18, 2016
Omaha set to host 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2016 (STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Omaha, a city very familiar with hosting Olympic Trials, has been selected as the site for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling. “We are very excited about the potential… Read More

June 22, 2016
No Tickets, No Problem

Unique viewing option for the sold-out U.S. Olympic Swim Trials OMAHA, NE – No tickets, no problem. The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is providing you with a front row seat to all of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials action – for… Read More

June 22, 2016
Meet the Swimmers of the Lagoon

OMAHA, NEB. – The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is taking an unconventional approach to promoting Omaha by creating a unique swimming event in the Gene Leahy Mall lagoon to complement the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. TEASER BREAK… Read More

April 12, 2016
Travelers Rank Omaha's Airport #1

OMAHA, NEB. – Feedback from more than 170,000 travelers reveals that Omaha’s Eppley Airfield is number one in passenger satisfaction for medium-sized airports. TEASER BREAK “The beauty of Omaha’s airport is that the passenger… Read More

March 28, 2016
Anant Operations Appoints New Director of Sales for EVEN Hotel Downtown Omaha

Fast Growing Hospitality Industry Company Strengthens Resources   March 28, 2016 Omaha, NE - Anant Operations announced that Randi Carlini has joined EVEN Hotel Downtown Omaha in the position of Director of Sales. Ms. Carlini comes with a wealth… Read More

March 8, 2016
Visit Omaha Advertising Wins National Award

OMAHA, NEB. – The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is excited to announce that two of its advertising campaigns, designed to showcase Omaha as a fun and desirable place to visit, have received national and local recognition. TEASER… Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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

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