Saturday, October 22, 2011

O! Omaha

I just returned from the Nebraska Travel Conference, hosted by the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism. I conducted a workshop on Social Media 101, and one of the things I emphasized was that people need to start blogging, and they need to do it consistently! Seeing as how I haven't blogged since September 22, and only had one post in September, I think I had better follow my own advice and get to posting!

The Travel Conference was held in Omaha, and the community did a FANTASTIC job of hosting! I got to town early on Tuesday, with intentions of walking across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, but wimped out because of the chilly breeze. So I opted to have lunch in the Old Market, at Trini's in the passageway. it was FANTASTIC!

My colleagues from North Platte joined me later that evening, and we drove out to Village Pointe to meet up with the director from Gering and enjoyed a delicious meal at the Kona Grill. Judging from the shopping bags that filled our SUV on the way back to the hotel, Omaha enjoyed quite an economic boost from hosting the conference.

After a full day of meetings, we were treated to Blazing Pianos at DJ's Dugout. What a fantastic choice of entertainment to get us all in the spirit to engage in some quality networking. Knowing tourism peeps like to par-tay, Omaha arranged for buses to pick up the last guests exploring the Old Market at 11:00pm.

Thursday night is the big awards banquet, and due to a slightly under-the-weather Governor Heineman, we were out of there early, which was fine with me because we were headed downtown to the Slowdown to catch the Take Cover benefit for Hear Nebraska.

An early morning Friday meeting and a long drive back to North Platte ensured that we didn't stay late, but we really enjoyed the music while we were there.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on!

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