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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedHousing still available during AirVenture
By Kristy Hemp, EAA AirVenture Today

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 hotel.”

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 tonight (Tuesday).”

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.”

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