Omaha plans to invest $290 million in its downtown convention district along the city’s riverfront. The new development will connect the convention district, downtown Omaha and the riverfront. Features of the project include a green space with a performance pavilion, botanical gardens, cafes and a sculpture garden. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

The 333-room Omaha Marriott Downtown Capitol District, located directly across from the convention center, opened in August 2017 with 17,500 square feet of meeting/event space.

Plans are underway for a new six-story 105-room Marriott Moxy hotel, located blocks away from the convention district in Omaha’s popular Old Market Arts and Entertainment District. The lobby will have billiards and ping pong tables and the hotel will also have an on-site restaurant and bar. 

The 120-room Aloft Omaha West will also have billiards and ping pong tables in the lobby when it opens, as well as 1,500 square feet of meeting space.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as part of its most recent expansion of student housing, added rentable meeting space in the Willa Cather Dining Complex. Included in the space are a 6,000-square-foot ballroom and numerous breakout meeting spaces. 

The recently renovated historic Scottish Rite Masonic Center ( is open for private rentals. The venue could accommodate over 200 people for general sessions, meetings, dinners and more. 


Cunningham’s Journal Tap & Kitchen will open a second location this summer next to the Younes Conference Center. It will accommodate groups of up to 150 people, and more if the outdoor patio space is used. 


In June, the Norfolk Lodge and Suites, part of Divots Conference Center, unveiled an expansion including 38 new guest rooms, a 3,000-square-foot great room, a spa and a rooftop terrace with outdoor patio and fire features.