2022 Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Award Winners Announced

Public Vote Determines Award Winners from Three Area Counties
2022 Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Award Winners Announced

OMAHA, NE. May 2, 2022 –The votes are in for the Omaha Metropolitan Area (OMA) Tourism Awards, recognizing the best tourism businesses in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast this year to determine the winners in four categories: Best Hotel, Best Restaurant, Best Attraction and Best Retail Business.

The winners and runners-up for 2022 are:

Douglas County:

  • Best Attraction:
    • Winner: Lauritzen Gardens
    • Runners-up: Great Plains Black History Museum and Hot Shops Art Center
  • Best Hotel:
    • Winner: The Peregrine Omaha Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton
    • Runners-up: Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel and The Farnam, Autograph Collection
  • Best Restaurant:
    • Winner: M's Pub
    • Runners-up: Gather in Omaha and Upstream Brewing Company
  • Best Retail Business:
    • Winner: Nebraska Furniture Mart
    • Runners-up: Exist Green and City Limits

Pottawatamie County:

  • Best Attraction:
    • Winner: Union Pacific Railroad Museum
    • Runners-up: Honey Creek Creamery and Squirrel Cage Jail
  • Best Hotel:
    • Winner: Courtyard by Marriott Omaha East/Council Bluffs
    • Runners-up: Ameristar Casino HOtel and BridgePointe Inn & Suites
  • Best Restaurant:
    • Winner: Boxer BBQ
    • Runners-up: Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails and 712 eat + drink
  • Best Retail Business:
    • Winner: Dusted Charm
    • Runners-up: Sherbondy’s Garden Center and The Olive Branch

Sarpy County:

  • Best Attraction:
    • Winner: Fontenelle Forest
    • Runners-up: Werner Park and Sarpy County Museum
  • Best Hotel:
    • Winner: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bellevue
    • Runners-up: Courtyard by Marriott La Vista and Courtyard by Marriott Bellevue at Beardmore Event Center
  • Best Restaurant:
    • Winner: Roma Italian Restaurant
    • Runners-up: Umami Asian Cuisine and Ollie & Hobbes Craft Kitchen
  • Best Retail Business:
    • Winner: Chocolat Abeille
    • Runners-up: Shadow Lake Town Center and Diana's Papillion Tea Shop

Winners will be highlighted in promotional videos on social media beginning May 2, coinciding with National Travel & Tourism Week (May 1-7, 2022). Additionally, winners will be featured on area billboards May 6-19.

The OMA Tourism Awards are presented in partnership with the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sarpy County Tourism, and Visit Omaha. After two years of challenging times brought on by a global pandemic, the awards continue to provide the opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring resilience of our local tourism community.

More information is available at OMATourismAwards.com.