It is an annual pilgrimage for tens of thousands each year. Dana Markel is the executive director of the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau and says the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting is this weekend. That means big business for the city.
“We always see our hotel occupancy and revenues go up.”
Markel says this could be one of the largest shareholder’s meetings ever.
“Over 40,000 credentials have been sent out and with the purchase of Burlington-Northern, we just know we are going to have more people.”
Markel isn’t sure of the head count yet but tens of thousands of “credentials” have been issued.
“That over 40,000 credentials have been mailed out to stakeholders. We know there is a lot of interest out there.”
Markel says there is still lodging space available. She it was for events like this Omaha saw a 30-percent jump in the number of available hotel rooms back in 2006.
“So, that has really helped us on large events like this or the swim trials or the College World Series. We have much more availability than what we had just three years ago.”
Again, rooms are still available but not likely near the Qwest Center, the site for the shareholders meeting. The official meeting is Saturday but there are numerous events for shareholders at different locations throughout the metro area.