July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Many people think finding a place to stay near Oshkosh during AirVenture
is like finding 100LL at $2 per gallon. Arlene Schmuhl, Housing Chairman,
Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that’s not the case. “There
are still hotel rooms available during the show, but you may have to ‘sleep
around’ because you probably won’t get consecutive nights in the same
Arlene’s main office talks to hotels in the
area daily, and relays the openings back to her on grounds. Hotels up to
90 miles away register with the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Cancellations come in all the time leading
up to and during the show. We update at www.visitoshkosh.com,
daily during AirVenture.”
Arlene said there are still dorm rooms
available at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and there is always
private housing available. “We still have 200 houses available as of
For AirVenture attendees, staying at a private
residence in number one. “When people rent a house, they tend to stay at
that house year after year because of the relationships they build with
the owners.” Arlene said. Dorms are number two, with about 2,200 dorm
rooms. Oshkosh hotels come in at number three, at about 1,000 rooms.
Looking to secure housing for AirVenture 2010?
“Hotels typically won’t accept registration until January 1, and every
hotel is different.” Arlene explained. “We put the fresh list of
tourism partners up on the first business day of January for community
property, and private housing goes up March 1. The hotels like to check
with past AirVenture guests to see if they want to reserve again before
releasing the rooms.”
If you are from the area and would like to put
your house up on the bureau’s website, do so before April 1, 2010.
Homeowners have to be within a 10-mile radius of Oshkosh to be eligible.
The Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau has
a new location on the grounds this year. Since the 1980s, they were
located near the old tower. This year they are situated just northeast of
the Main Gate.
Visitors will find maps, brochures on
restaurants, shopping, and things to do in the area, and helpful advice.
“I remember a situation a while back when four reporters from Jerusalem
looking for lodging came to the booth. Their news headquarters didn’t
make arrangements for them like they thought.”
Arlene continued, “We kid around that we
found room at the inn for four men from the Holy Land.” Arlene concluded
by saying that the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau will never send
anyone away. “We won’t let you sleep under a bush, unless you want to.”