Omaha Public Radio News
Thu June 9, 2011
Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau reports business as usual
By Cheril Lee
Omaha, NE – Even with rising waters, it is business as usual for the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Ethan Deas is the Director of Community Relations for the CVB. He says flooding issues have not been a concern for tourists visiting Omaha. Deas says the Omaha CVB's primary purpose is to bring people to Omaha to visit local attractions, stay in area hotels and eat in local restaurants. He says so far, the flooding is not keeping visitors away from the city, in fact, he says it has been quite the opposite, "Downtown is really a buzz of activity right now. Here in our visitor center at 10th and Farnam Streets, we've had nearly 150 people through our doors just today alone. And it's people from California, New York, North Dakota, Texas, even Germany. So they're coming from all over and it's business as usual."
Deas advises contacting area attractions and venues directly for information related to flooding. This weekend, downtown Omaha is the site of the Santa Lucia Festival and the Omaha Summer Arts Festival.