American Bus Association to hold 2020 convention in Omaha

Posted at 2:42 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 16:38:26-04

Omaha has been selected to host the American Bus Association's national convention in 2020. 

About 3,500 people involved in the motorcoach, travel, and tourism industry will converge on the Omaha metro area for about five days of activities in January 2020.

"There's a lot of things I like about (Omaha)," said Petere Pantuso, ABA president. " I love the location because it's central to everybody around North America. I love the fact that you've got great facilities — the convention center, the hotel space; those are two things we look at. And then you've got restaurants, things for attendees to do."

The ABA says the convention is the No. 1 group travel show in North America. According to a release from Visit Omaha, the event could be worth millions of dollars to the local economy. 

Governor Pete Ricketts, mayor Jean Stothert and Visit Omaha executive director Keith Backsen were also present at the announcement.