The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau says Omaha is now a vacation destination. Executive Director Dana Markel says visitors spent a record $1-billion in Omaha in 2012. She says that is a 13% increase since their last economic impact study two years ago.
Markel says about half of that amount was spent at restaurants and retail outlets and the remainder on lodging, transportation and attractions.
“This research shows tourism in Omaha is growing and providing economic benefits for our city and tax relief for our citizens,” said Markel. “When visitors eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and shop in our stores, they are bringing new money into our local economy.”
The new research shows visitor spending saves each Douglas County household approximately $655 a year in taxes. It also supports 16,200 jobs.