OMAHA, NE. May 6, 2021 – Visit Omaha, the official tourism authority for the City of Omaha and Douglas County, announces its Rent for Recovery Initiative to assist local tourism businesses challenged by the pandemic.
Visit Omaha plans to give up its current office space for the next 12-24 months, saving approximately $250,000. During that time, Visit Omaha will use a portion of that savings to support the tourism industry through this initiative. Each week, Visit Omaha will book meeting rooms at different hotels, attractions and restaurants to host the organization’s staff meetings in an effort to support the recovery process.
“Essentially, this initiative means we will rent space for 52 meetings in the next year to support businesses hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Visit Omaha Interim Executive Director Deborah Ward. “By giving up our office and utilizing our partners’ available meeting space, we hope to provide support to an industry that employs nearly 18,000 local residents. In addition, this initiative will allow us to forge more personal relationships with our tourism partners after a year of such upheaval and change.”
During the Rent for Recovery Initiative, Visit Omaha will utilize the Omaha Visitor Center, 306 S. 10th St., as its administrative headquarters while searching for new office space.