When you want to unearth something fresh, look to the heart and soul of the Midwest. Discover venues, accommodations and entertainment you’ve been digging for, in a city no one sees coming. Consistently ranked as a ‘best value’ city and renowned for its hospitality, Omaha is a modern, thriving city — savvy in business and rich in culture.
Conveniently located at the crossroads of the country, whether flying or driving, getting to Omaha is a breeze. Omaha’s airport offers non-stop service to 34 major markets. When you arrive, you’ll find getting to the downtown convention district is easy – 4 miles to be exact. That means more time to enjoy a city that is comfortably easy, yet bursting with activity.
Omaha’s downtown convention center features more than 346,000 square feet with an 18,300-seat attached arena. The technology-rich venue is close to more than 3,000 downtown hotel rooms and is connected via a glass-enclosed skywalk to the Hilton Omaha, a 600-room headquarter hotel, and directly across the street from the Capitol District Marriott, a 333-room full service property. The convention center offers 194,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, more than 63,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and an additional 42,500 square feet of pre-function space.
Within blocks of the convention center is Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District. Filled with unique boutiques, antique emporiums, art galleries, pubs and more than 30 distinctly Omaha restaurants, this historic neighborhood provides a variety of leisure options for attendees.
Omaha offers a seamless package, developed to lighten the planning burden while providing unique activities and a welcoming atmosphere for attendees.
“I must admit that when I knew we would hold our annual conference in Omaha, I was not overly thrilled. Boy, was I wrong! Omaha is the best kept secret. It is a delightful city to visit. You have so much to offer from the zoo to the Old Market, the restaurants, etc. I was disappointed to leave as I didn’t have enough time to explore everything in Omaha. You definitely have a great product!”
President of the Cooperative Communicators Association
“The city of Omaha was a great fit for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention. The footprint of the downtown area with the close proximity of the convention center, arena, hotels and restaurants/nightlife was very popular with our attendees. Also, the general affordability of the city with low hotel rates and reasonable airfares was a key factor in helping make the convention in Omaha one of the best attended in the history of the association. The support and services provided by the Omaha CVB were significant factors in making our event a great success.”
American Volleyball Coaches Association
"Omaha was a nice surprise and a culinary treat! I ate my way through the city! Omaha residents make you feel welcome in their city and they seem genuinely happy to have you in their town. I have recommended Omaha to several customers after my initial visit and will continue to do so in the future."
Global Account Executive - ConferenceDirect
"My guests were astounded at how great a city Omaha is to have an event as well as a lot of fun. It's a world class conference city and the staff of the OCVB were fantastic. In all the events I've planned, I've never received the attention to detail and help that the OCVB provided."
LAwS Communications - Smile Conference
"The center is fabulous! The space is free flowing and the flexibility and ability to change from one venue to another is very appealing. I love the close proximity of the airport to downtown and the friendliness of the cab drivers. The shopping, arts and food district is pretty amazing. I had no idea and now I do"
Pamela Troop, CMP
ASAE, Director of Meeting Operations and Special Events
"Omaha is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. It has so much to offer and all within a condensed amount of space. It is friendly, it is safe, and it is easy to get around. The value you get for your dollar is incredible."
Irene Lazaroski, Director of Meetings and Education
Catholic Cemetery - Annual Fall North American Convention & Exposition
"We truly felt like we were the center of attention during our entire conference in Omaha. It was our highest in total attendance in five years and everything went great. Our attendees came from 36 states and we were thrilled at how easy it was to get to Omaha-and how easy it was once we arrived! A former President of our association even said it was the best conference he had ever attended!"
Pamela Johnson, CMP, Meetings & Member Services Manager
National Association of State Technology Directors