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Your Guide to Meetings in the Midwest

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Destinations/Services Index Multi-State Hotels Venerts Management, LLC . ................................................... 26 Speakers Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC......................................... 28 Susan Coates.............................................................................. 28 Kinza Christenson.................................................................... 27 Bill Geist...................................................................................... 28 Pat McGill................................................................................... 29 Nili Sachs, Ph. D. ....................................................................... 29 Gloria Schaefer.......................................................................... 28 Illinois Allerton Park and Retreat Center........................................ 49 Alton Regional CVB................................................................. 35 Bloomington-Normal Area CVB........................................... 36 Champaign County CVB......................................................... 37 Chicago Southland CVB.......................................................... 41 Chicago’s North Shore CVB.................................................. 42 Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB.............................................. 43 Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro................................................ 39 Decatur Area CVB.................................................................... 43 Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation................................................ 44 DuPage CVB............................................................................... 45 Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa........................................................ 47 Effingham CVB........................................................................... 45 Embassy Suites East Peoria..................................................... 51 Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB............................................. 47 Heritage Corridor CVB.......................................................... 48 Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort..................................... 36 Holiday Inn City Centre Peoria............................................. 52 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Northwest .............. 46 Holiday Inn® hotels of Chicago.............................................. 38 Hotel Père Marquette.............................................................. 52 Jacksonville Area CVB.............................................................. 48 Lake Shelbyville Shelby County Office of Tourism............ 53 Lisle CVB.................................................................................... 48 Midwest Conf Center.............................................................. 50 Oakbrook Terrace Hotels....................................................... 50 Peoria Area CVB....................................................................... 51 Pheasant Run Resort................................................................ 55 President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conf Center............ 54 The Seneca Hotel & Suites..................................................... 39 Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove...................................... 46 Shoreline Charters and Events.............................................. 35 Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.................................................. 40 Springfield CVB......................................................................... 54 St. Charles CVB......................................................................... 55 Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding............................................................. 40 The Tourism Bureau Southwestern Illinois......................... 56 University Center Conf Chicago........................................... 41 Westin Lombard Yorktown Center...................................... 49 Willowbrook Hotels................................................................ 57 Woodfield Chicago Northwest CB...................................... 57 Indiana Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza & Conf Center.......................................................................... 68 Bloomington CVB..................................................................... 64 Bloomington/Monroe County Conv Center...................... 64 Casino Aztar............................................................................... 65 Essenhaus Inn & Conf Center................................................ 69 Grand Wayne Conv Center.................................................... 65 Horizon Conv Center............................................................. 70 Indianapolis CVA....................................................................... 67 Indianapolis Marriott Center.................................................. 67 Kosciusko County CVB........................................................... 73 Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB............................................. 68 LaGrange County CVB............................................................ 72 Lake County CVB..................................................................... 66 Lawrence County Tourism...................................................... 69 Muncie/Delaware County VB................................................. 70 Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conf Center........................... 63 South Bend/Mishawaka CVB.................................................. 72 Swan Lake Resort..................................................................... 71 University Plaza Hotel.............................................................. 73

Iowa The Abbey Hotel....................................................................... 79 Arrowwood Resort & Conf Center..................................... 85 Cedar Falls TVB ....................................................................... 81 Cedar Rapids Area CVB.......................................................... 82 Clay County Regional Events Center................................... 87 Clinton CVB............................................................................... 82 Council Bluffs CVB................................................................... 83 Grand River Center................................................................. 84 Greater Burlington CVB......................................................... 80 Greater Des Moines CVB....................................................... 84 Holiday Inn® hotels of Iowa.................................................... 79 Holiday Inn Mason City........................................................... 84 The Inn at Okoboji................................................................... 85 King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort............................................ 87 Okoboji Tourism........................................................................ 85 Park Place Event Centre at Pipac Centre on the Lake..... 81 Pella CVB.................................................................................... 86 Pzazz!/Catfish Bend Resort.................................................... 80 RiverCenter/Adler Theatre..................................................... 83 Sioux City CVB......................................................................... 86 Kansas Greater Wichita CVB............................................................... 97 Hays CVB.................................................................................... 94 Manhattan CVB......................................................................... 95 McPherson CVB........................................................................ 95 Meet Kansas............................................................................... 93 Olathe C of C/CVB.................................................................. 95 Prairie Band Casino.................................................................. 97 Visit Salina................................................................................... 96 Visit Topeka Inc. ........................................................................ 96 Wyandotte County CVB......................................................... 94 Kentucky Bowling Green Area CVB..................................................... 103 Hopkinsville-Christian County CVB................................... 104 Kentucky Department of Tourism....................................... 103 Lebanon Tourist Conv Commission.................................... 105 London-Laurel County Tourist Commission..................... 105 Morehead Conf Center......................................................... 105 Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront................................ 103 Michigan Amway Grand Plaza Hotel......................................................114 Bay Mills Resort & Casinos.....................................................112 Benzie County Area CVB........................................................112 DeVos Place................................................................................115 Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort.............................................121 Greater Lansing CVB...............................................................116 Holiday Inn® hotels of Detroit...............................................113 Holiday Inn® hotels of Northern Michigan/Ontario.........111 Holiday Inn Southgate..............................................................123 Horizons Conf Center............................................................122 JW Marriott Grand Rapids.....................................................115 Kalamazoo County CVB.........................................................116 Lake Michigan College Mendel Center for the Arts.........112 Laketown Golf & Conf Center ............................................122 Little River Casino Resort......................................................117 Midland County CVB...............................................................118 Mission Point Resort................................................................117 MotorCity Casino Hotel.........................................................113 Mount Pleasant Area CVB.......................................................118 Muskegon County CVB...........................................................119 Saginaw Valley State University...............................................123 Shanty Creek Resorts..............................................................111 Stafford’s Bay View Inn ............................................................120 Stafford’s Perry Hotel...............................................................120 The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit........................................114 Minnesota Bloomington CVB................................................................... 130 Caribou Highlands Lodge...................................................... 132 Dakota County Parks............................................................. 131 Eagan CVB................................................................................ 131 Earle Brown Heritage Center.............................................. 133 Fortune Bay Resort Casino.................................................. 138

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Destinations/Services Index Grand Portage Lodge & Casino........................................... 132 Grand Superior Lodge........................................................... 138 Greater Mankato CVB........................................................... 133 Holiday Inn® hotels of Minnesota........................................ 129 Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel............................................. 134 Kahler Grand Hotel............................................................... 136 Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport................... 130 Owatonna Area C of C & Tourism...................................... 134 Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort................................................ 132 Radisson Hotel & Conf Center........................................... 135 Red Wing VCB......................................................................... 135 Roseville VA.............................................................................. 136 Saint Paul RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center..................... 137 St. Cloud Area CVB................................................................ 137 Visit Winona............................................................................. 139 VisitBemidji............................................................................... 129 Winona State University Camp & Conf Services...................................................................... 139 Worthington Area CVB......................................................... 139 Missouri The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art............................... 152 Best Western Branson Inn and Conf Center................... 146 Branson Lakes Area CVB...................................................... 145 Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Conv Center....................................................................... 145 City of Independence Tourism Dept................................... 147 Columbia CVB......................................................................... 147 Grand Plaza Hotel................................................................... 146 Greater Saint Charles CVB.................................................. 151 Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel....................................... 153 HoteLumière............................................................................ 153 Inn at Grand Glaize................................................................ 149 Jefferson City CVB.................................................................. 148 Lake of the Ozarks CVB....................................................... 148 The Lodge of Four Seasons Golf Resort & Spa Shiki............................................................. 149 Missouri Western State University...................................... 152 Rolla Area C of C .................................................................. 151 St. Joseph CVB......................................................................... 152 Tan-Tar-A Resort Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark.............................................................. 150 Thousand Hills Golf & Conf Resort................................... 146 Trout Lodge.............................................................................. 150 Nebraska Alliance/Box Butte County Tourism Office.................................................................... 160 Columbus/Platte County CVB............................................. 160 Embassy Suites......................................................................... 162 Grand Island/Hall County CVB............................................ 161 Heartland Events Center...................................................... 161 Hilton Omaha.......................................................................... 164 Lied Lodge & Conf Center................................................... 163 Lincoln CVB............................................................................. 163 Nebraska Association of CVBs............................................ 159 North Platte/Lincoln County CVB..................................... 164 Scotts Bluff County Tourism................................................. 165 South Sioux City/Dakota County CVB.............................. 165 North Dakota Bismarck-Mandan CVB.......................................................... 171 Dickinson CVB........................................................................ 171 Fargo-Moorhead CVB............................................................ 172 Greater Grand Forks CVB................................................... 172 Jamestown Civic Center....................................................... 173 Minot CVB................................................................................ 173 Ohio Akron/Summit CVB................................................................ 180 Greater Springfield CVB....................................................... 182 Greater Toledo CVB............................................................... 183 Holiday Inn® hotels of Northeast Ohio............................. 179 Holiday Inn® hotels of Ohio Valley...................................... 179 Kalahari Resort Waterpark Conv Center......................... 181 Ohio State Park Resorts & Conf Centers........................ 180 Tuscarawas County CVB....................................................... 181

South Dakota Aberdeen CVB........................................................................ 189 Bridges Conf Center.............................................................. 191 Corn Palace CVB.................................................................... 191 Huron Event Center.............................................................. 190 Rapid City CVB....................................................................... 192 Rushmore Express & Suites.................................................. 191 Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex............................................................... 190 Sioux Falls CVB....................................................................... 192 Spearfish Conv Center.......................................................... 193 Swiftel Center.......................................................................... 189 Watertown CVB..................................................................... 193 Wisconsin The Abbey Resort, Marina, Conf Center & Spa............... 204 AmericInn Ashland.................................................................. 201 AmericInn Minocqua.............................................................. 212 Barkers Island Inn Resort & Conf Center......................... 218 Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conf Center........................................................................ 213 Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel................................... 219 Best Western Lakefront Hotel............................................. 209 Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conf Center........................................................................ 210 Bridgeport Waterfront Resort............................................. 218 Brookfield CVB....................................................................... 201 Chippewa Valley CVB............................................................. 202 City of Sheboygan Tourism Division................................... 216 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott® Wausau....................... 221 Fox Cities CVB........................................................................ 200 Fox Hills Resort...................................................................... 212 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness.......................... 222 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa®.............................................. 206 Greater Madison CVB........................................................... 207 Gruenhagen Conf Center/River Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.................... 214 Hampton Inn & Suites............................................................ 211 Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson......................... 216 Holiday Inn Express Rhinelander......................................... 216 Holiday Inn & Conv Center Stevens Point....................................................................... 217 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West........................ 208 Holiday Inn® hotels of Wisconsin........................................ 199 Holiday Inn - Manitowoc....................................................... 209 Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk............................................ 213 Hotel Mead............................................................................... 224 Howard Johnson Conv Center/Antiqua Bay Waterpark.................................................................... 222 Janesville Area CVB................................................................ 205 Jefferson Street Inn................................................................. 220 Kalahari Waterpark Resort Conv Center......................... 223 Kenosha Area CVB................................................................. 205 Lake Lawn Resort................................................................... 202 Landmark Resort.................................................................... 203 The Lodge at Geneva Ridge................................................. 206 Manitowoc Area VCB............................................................. 209 Midwest Airlines Center........................................................ 211 Minnesuing Acres.................................................................... 207 Monona Terrace® Conv Center........................................... 208 Newport Resort..................................................................... 203 Oshkosh CVB.......................................................................... 214 Port Washington Tourism Council...................................... 215 Racine County CVB............................................................... 215 Radisson Hotel & Conf Center Green Bay....................... 204 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel................................................. 200 Ross’ Teal Lake Lodge & Teal Wing Golf Club................... 205 SentryWorld............................................................................ 217 Telemark Resort & Conv Center........................................ 201 Think Wisconsin...................................................................... 199 Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB................................................ 219 Wausau/Central Wisconsin CVB......................................... 220 Westwood Conf Center....................................................... 221 Wintergreen Resort & Conf Center.................................. 223 Wisconsin Dells VCB............................................................. 221 Wisconsin Rapids CVB.......................................................... 224

Speaker Success Pre-event Selection Guides

(Begin researching as soon as possible, from 18 to 24 months before the event.) Speaker session: Speaker budget: Number of speakers needed: Presentation time: o Morning o Afternoon o Evening Audience demographics (e.g. % men, % women, business professionals, manufacturing personnel, volunteers, etc.): Audience size: Meeting purpose: Presentation length: Presentation purpose: o Informational o Technical o Educational o Motivational o Entertainment Resources: Referrals: Speaker’s bureaus: Other: Speaker type (best fit for meeting purpose): o Professional Speaker o Keynote Speaker o Author - Book title: o Consultant o Trainer o Sports Personality o Celebrity o Humorist Type Selected: Do you have the following candidate(s) information… Contact information o Yes o No Bio o Yes o No References o Yes o No Testimonials o Yes o No Client list o Yes o No Presentation videos/DVDs o Yes o No Samples of products (books, CDs, etc.) o Yes o No

Interview Candidate(s)

(12 to 18 months before the event.) Does the speaker create new presentations based on meeting topics? o Yes o No What are possible topics? Has the speaker addressed similar groups? o Yes o No


Which one(s)? Does the speaker have a Q & A session? o Yes o No Is the speaker willing to be available to attendees before and after the presentation? o Yes o No Does the speaker belong to professional associations? o Yes o No Which one(s)? Is the speaker certified (e.g. CSP or CPAE)? o Yes o No Which one(s)? Does the speaker intend to sell products/books at the event? o Yes o No Does the speaker use clean/appropriate humor? o Yes o No What type of audiovisual equipment is needed? Will speaker supply handouts, other props? o Yes o No Will the speaker bring a guest? o Yes o No Name: Who will pay guest costs? What costs are negotiable? Other: Fees and Costs

Speaker fee: Deposit: Air/ground travel: Lodging: Meals: Cost sharing with another event: Reimbursements: Miscellaneous:

Contract/Agreement Details

(Sign nine to 12 months before event. Does the contract include…) Event details (date, time, location, etc.) o Yes o No Speaker fee o Yes o No Travel o Yes o No Lodging o Yes o No Meals o Yes o No

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Speaker Success Agreement for recording the event o Yes o No Cancellation policy o Yes o No Audiovisual needs o Yes o No Payment terms o Yes o No Reimbursements o Yes o No Restrictions o Yes o No Facilitator or assistant needs o Yes o No Additional comments, stipulations or special requests: Date contract/agreement signed: / / Speaker’s Publicity Materials

(Request three to six months before event. Do you have…) Speaker’s bio o Yes o No Details: Speaker’s photos o Yes o No Speaker’s requested promotional items: Other approved publicity material:

Information for Speaker

(Send as soon as possible after contract is signed. Does the material include…) Contact list o Yes o No Company or group information o Yes o No Event logistics o Yes o No Company newsletter o Yes o No Conference/speaker expectations o Yes o No Dress requirements o Yes o No Other meeting speakers/topics list o Yes o No Social events list o Yes o No

Paperwork, tickets, passes or coupons needed for event o Yes o No Confirm Accommodations

(Four to six days before the event.) Hotel room o Yes o No Flight schedule o Yes o No Meals o Yes o No Airport greeter/pickup o Yes o No

Onsite Checks/Confirmations

(One to four days before speaker arrives, and for some checks, up to the hour of event. Confirm the following…) Onsite contact person (name, phone #): Other important meeting contacts list o Yes o No Transportation arrangements o Yes o No Social event or other schedules o Yes o No Room setup o Yes o No Welcome gifts o Yes o No Equipment o Yes o No Rehearsal o Yes o No Rehearsal time(s) / / Badge and/or meeting kit o Yes o No Speaker introducer o Yes o No Name: Facilitator or assistant o Yes o No Name(s): Shipped materials o Yes o No Emergency plan (in case speaker cancels) o Yes o No

The Speaker Success Checklist is a compilation of information obtained through research conducted by Midwest Meetings. It should be viewed as a general guideline. Other checklists are available to download at


Planner Education Goals and Objectives

What is your goal for pursuing meeting planning education opportunities? r Advancement in career r Certification r Continuing education r Experience in field r Degree in field r Mentoring relationship r Real-world knowledge r Recognition from employers r Specific skill set r Other Specify: What are the top three topics or skills you want to learn? 1. 2. 3.


What is your education budget? $ Are you eligible for assistance through your employer? r Yes r No If yes, how much? $ Are you eligible for grants or scholarships? r Yes r No If yes, how much? $ Are you eligible for student loans? r Yes r No If yes, how much? $

Format and Schedule

What type of learner are you? r Auditory (learn by listening) r Kinesthetic (learn by touching) r Visual (learn by watching)


What type of education format works best for you? r Correspondence r Online r Onsite What type of education schedule works best for you? r Evenings r Classroom hours r Independent study r Multi-day program r One-day program r Split days r Weekends r Other: Specify: Are you able to travel to attend classes, programs or exams if necessary? r Yes r No Options and Requirements

What type of education option are you considering? r Certified Meeting Professional designation r Certified Special Events Professional designation r Formal mentorship r Four-year university hospitality program r Global Certification in Meeting Management designation r Industry educational class or seminar r Informal mentorship r Single hospitality course or program r Two-year university hospitality program r University certification program r Other: Specify: Does this option‌ Match your education budget? r Yes r No Require an application or qualification process? r Yes r No If yes, are you qualified? If no, what steps must you complete to qualify? 1. 2. 3.

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Planner Education Require completion of a certain number of hours? r Yes r No If yes, how many hours? Require accumulation of a certain number of points or credits? r Yes r No If yes, how many? Require travel to attend classes, programs or exams? r Yes r No Match your scheduling needs? r Yes r No Learning Experience

Does this option… Allow for one-on-one interaction with the instructor? r Yes r No Provide access to experienced professionals with a reputation for success? r Yes r No Encourage interaction between participants in the learning environment? r Yes r No Encourage interaction between participants outside the learning environment? r Yes r No Challenge participants to think “outside the box?” r Yes r No Have a high retention and graduation rate? r Yes r No

Long-term Outlook

Does this option… Satisfy your top goals in pursuing further education opportunities? r Yes r No Provide practical knowledge that can be applied on the job to improve your performance? r Yes r No Provide up-to-date content that is reviewed periodically? r Yes r No Require periodic retesting? r Yes r No If yes, how often? Offer recurring continuing education options in the future? r Yes r No

If yes, how often? Provide work placement assistance or career advancement opportunities? r Yes r No If yes, specify: What, if any, additional educational resources are provided with this option (recommended reading, access to discussion groups, mentorship, etc.)? 1. 2. 3. Additional Considerations

Decision Stage

What education option have you chosen?

The Planner Education Checklist is a compilation of information obtained through research conducted by Midwest Meetings. It should be viewed as a general guideline. Other planning checklists are available to download at




Multi-state Hotels When you stay with us, we treat you like family. Personalized service, clean and comfortable rooms, and a commitment to your satisfaction that will exceed your expectations. That’s the Venerts difference. 15 8th Ave SE • Watertown • SD • 57201 605-886-3698 • Fax: 605-886-1943 • Country Inn & Suites 711 Diamond Jo Ln Northwood, IA 50459 641-323-7000 102 rooms, 2 meeting rooms, attached to Diamond Jo Casino Sleep Inn and Suites 2008 Central Ave Estherville, IA 51334 712-362-5522 62 rooms, 1 boardroom Sleep Inn and Suites 5850 Morning Star Ct Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 515-299-9922 77 rooms, 1 boardroom, 1 meeting room Comfort Inn 1402 N Walnut St Colfax, IA 50054 515-674-4455 61 rooms, 1 meeting room


Country Inn & Suites 2214 E Main St Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-373-5513 77 rooms, 1 meeting room Comfort Suites 10580 Baltimore St NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-792-0750 98 rooms, 1 meeting room, 1 boardroom Sleep Inn and Suites 14435 Bank St Becker, MN 55308 763-262-7700 68 rooms, 1 boardroom

Country Inn & Suites 3400 8th Ave SE (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-8900 72 rooms, 1 meeting room Comfort Inn 800 35th St Circle (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-3010 59 rooms, 1 meeting room Governor’s Inn 700 W Sioux Ave Pierre, SD 57501 605-224-4200 82 rooms, 2 meeting rooms

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Kinza Christenson

Making Your Best Even Better Kinza Christenson The Performance Pro & Motivational Humorist Oconomowoc • WI • 53066 800-575-6817 •

Appearances/credentials: TV and Radio personality Associations Business Woman’s Wellness Wellness Expos Biggest Honor: Being Keynote speaker for American Red Cross honoring workers after 9/11 Topics: Motivation Humor Wellness Generation Gaps DISC Behavior Styles Self Esteem Professional Image Life Balance Change Speaker offers: VHS; DVD; Virtual

Looking for a speaker who is fun, unique, and can revitalize your audience? From keynotes to training, from business meetings and conferences to hospital employee retreats and women’s wellness programs - whether in business attire or glitz costume- Kinza goes the extra mile. Known as the Performance Pro and Motivating Humorist, Kinza is a businesswoman, columnist, author of “193 Survival Tips for a Professional Image… It’s a Jungle Out There” and a radio personality with “Hurray, It’s Monday!” radio spots. Past President of NSA-Wisconsin, Kinza’s enthusiasm is contagious as she inspires people to spark their spirit and take their heart and soul to work with them. A former award-winning sales manager, Kinza combines 25 years in the entertainment field as an American belly dancer with her business savvy and life experiences to empower attendees with the tools for achieving a standing ovation on the stage of life.

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Susan Coates Susan Coates • The Speaker Studio

PO Box 22704 • Lexington • KY • 40522 859-266-2644 •

We Help Create Memorable Events. The Speaker Studio is here to help you create effective and memorable events. Whether you are seeking a dynamic individual that will motivate your group to achieve their goals, or staff training for a particular topic - or just seeking an entertaining, lighthearted speaker for a banquet, we can help. We save you time by doing the legwork for you. Visit our website and discover a wealth of information to assist you in your programs. From book reviews to speaker interviews, to booking tips, speaker ideas, and insider travel information. Stop wasting hours searching for speakers. Give us a call.

Satisfied clients: 3M Contours Express Proctor & Gamble Hoffman KET Butte Small Business Development Center NAWBO Harrison Memorial Hospital First National Bank KALFA Goodwill Industries Hospice of the Bluegrass UK College of Agriculture

Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC • Whole Life Visions

PO Box 1101 • Wisconsin Rapids • WI • 54495 715-421-4700 •

Engage! Inspire! Transform! Renew! Jackie creates shifts and empowers lives! Her energy and down-to-earth presence inspires people to believe that anything is possible as she shares keys to: • Balance work and family • Connect your mind, body and spirit • Trust your intuition • Communicate effectively • Pay attention to daily gratitude • And much more! Her customized keynotes to service and community-minded audiences including professional women, associations and entrepreneurs leave participants feeling revived and ready to take action! A perfect choice for women’s events, annual meetings and staff retreats. She is a member of the NSA and has been honored as a BPW Young Career Woman and HoW ProgressAward.

Years experience: 10+ Professional topics: Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness, Life Balance, Gratitude, Intuition, Communication Appearances/credentials: Life and Business Coach, Author, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Newfield Certified Coach Satisfied clients: Reflections of Wellness and Women’s Winter Interlude, National Wellness Conference, WI Community Leadership Summit, Associations for Volunteer Administrators, Social Workers and Administrative Professionals, Chamber Leadership Programs and Entrepreneurial Boot Camps

Bill Geist Bill Geist • Zeitgeist Consulting

PO Box 45445 • Madison • WI • 53744 608-836-8876 •

“Speaking the Zeitgeist” You need a speaker that can inform, entertain and create a sense of purpose in your audience. Bill Geist brings the “zeitgeist” to audiences across North America every year. Combining cutting-edge marketing acumen, an entrepreneurial sense of business, a keen eye to lifestyle and consumer trends and a love of laughter, Bill’s presentations are consistently rated among the top sessions in any convention, meeting or setting. From Customer Service to Internet Tactics and Community Development to Breakthrough Marketing Concepts, your audience will love the take-home content they receive when you book Bill for your next event.

Years experience: 10 Professional topics: Trends, Marketing, Internet, Customer Service Appearances/credentials: Author of Destination Leadership for Boards and host of the acclaimed teleseminar series, Bill has spoken across North America to corporations, governmental agencies and associations. Speaker offers: DVD, VHS, Virtual

Gloria G. Schaefer Gloria G. Schaefer • Dynamics for Excellence South Dakota 1-877-248-0937

YOU are Important! As a storyteller, motivator, and team builder, Gloria empowers others with her passion to tap their own inner excellence. This former teacher works with you to create a message utilizing your own experiences and meeting your specific needs. As a mother, grandmother, cancer survivor, ranch partner, and owner of Dynamics for Excellence, Gloria connects with audiences on a personal level, encouraging them to seek balance and maintain a positive outlook on life. All presentations are personalized by conducting personal interviews with your organization. Gloria’s gift for audience interaction, solid Midwestern values, and commitment to customer satisfaction guarantees the success of your event.


Years experience: 27 years Professional topics: How Wide is Your Beam? (Life Balance and Motivation) Who’s Listening? (Communication and Team Building Leadership) You Must Be Kidding! (Humor and Inspiration) Appearances/credentials: Professionally spoken from West Coast to Midwest. Universities and national organizations to churches and governments. Planning and training sessions, keynotes, and inspirational breakfasts. CDs, DVDs and guest columns are available.

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Pat McGill • McGill Speaking & Training Resource 352 Emerald Dr • Arnolds Park • IA • 51331 712-332-2965 • Fax: 712-332-2965 •

Energy To Enthuse and Inspire Pat McGill of McGill Speaking & Training Resources… Pat works with organizations who value their employees. Pat’s students have given her the mantra “To Enthuse and Inspire.” Pat McGill: Midwestern roots keep this high-energy speaker grounded. A former teacher, Pat takes a no-nonsense yet humorous approach to energizing and enthusing audiences across the country. As founder and president of Pat McGill Speaking and Training Resources, she delivers keynotes and facilitates workshops on such topics as leadership, teambuilding, change, sales training especially for divas, and EVENTS with audiences filled with “Boomer Women!” Visit her at - Write her at

Years experience: 10+ Professional topics: Leadership, Inspiration, Teambuilding, Communications, Women In Business Professional Presence, Customer Service, Workshops and Inscape Training Appearances/credentials: Columnist, Author, Master’s degree in Education, Clients ranging from Federal Postal System, State Governments. Rural Development, Headstart, hospitals, banks, corporate America, non-profits, travel and tourism, Chamber of Commerces, Women in Leadership, CVBs, MACE, women federal employees, various board and committee training. Social workers, health care centers women wellness days


Nili Sachs Years experience: 31 Professional topics: Un-Trap Yourself! From Unwanted Behaviors Body-Image: Your Tool to Success How to Manage Emotions and Attractions in the Workplace Appearances: Mayo Clinic Office of Women’s Health, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, Occupational Health Services Corporation, CA, Ayzenberg Health, CA Seminars Facilitator: Skilled Relationships, CA and MN, Bill O’Reilly, The Factor, Fox News Recipient of “Raving Fans Award” by PAIRS International

Un-Trap Yourself! Nili Sachs, Ph.D.

Minneapolis • MN 952-471-3730 • Cell: 612-810-6019 •

Dr. Nili speaks for companies that want to teach their people what is appropriate behavior in the workplace, both inside and outside their organization. Her keynotes are original, educational and entertaining. Un-Trap Yourself! from unwanted, unwelcome and inappropriate behaviors: • Master opposite skills sets: one for the workplace, another for personal life • Demystify behaviors by understanding the logic of emotions • Manage attractions and office-romance • Free the workplace from hostile-environment and sexual harassments “Dr. Nili Sachs is a treasure! Rarely in my experience does anything fulfill it representation. She has exceeded her promise.” Michael Garnett, Leverage Management, Los Angeles

Credentials: NSA member “Nili’s teachings and tools changed my life. I want everyone to experience Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Executive Coach her wisdom, wit and insight.” Valen Watson, Ayzenberg Group, Los Angeles Columnist Author “The excellent service you provided elicited much gratitude from our PAIRS International clients, and we thank you for that!” Michael Palmertree, Vice President of Seminar Leader Speaker offers: Book, CD, E-books, Articles

Organizational Services Dr. Nili facilitates Executives’ Marriage Retreats and coaches Dual-Career Relationships.



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Create a Great Event with Shoreline Charters IL

Shoreline Charters and Events • Kathe Elwell

474 N Lake Shore Dr, Ste 3511 • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-373-7255 • Fax: 312-321-0632

Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,000-3,000 Meeting rooms: 4 vessels for private charter Reception capacity: 250 Onsite restaurant: Catered dining Bright Star: Maximum capacity - 250 Evening Star: Maximum capacity - 250 Star of Chicago: Maximum capacity - 125 Celebration: Maximum capacity - 100

Discover why Shoreline Charters and Events is Chicago’s favorite source for private charters and memorable events! We offer private, custom charters for 50 to 250 guests and a professional event planning staff to assist you. Shoreline offers four custom designed and equipped vessels, giving you excellent flexibility and a variety of options. Shoreline Charters are available daily for events as varied as breakfast meetings, bridal luncheons, cocktail cruises and elegant dinners with dancing under the stars. With deck areas ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft., your Shoreline vessel can be set up in a variety of ways featuring casual to sophisticated themes. Imagine cruising on Lake Michigan with the panorama of Chicago’s famous skyline in the background or traveling up the historic Chicago River to view the city’s famed architectural landmarks and riverscape. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but the service on a Shoreline Charter is impeccable. And we make it easy - just choose your vessel, your bar package, your menu from our roster of top-rated catering firms and any additional charter enhancements (such as music, entertainment, flowers or the services of an architecture guide) and our professional event planning staff will do the rest. Our vessels include the climatecontrolled Celebration, the distinctive Bright Star, the elegant Evening Star and the versatile Star of Chicago. Visit our website for complete information on our vessels including photos and deck plans or call sales manager Kathe. We look forward to welcoming you and your group aboard a private Shoreline Charter!


Bring Your Group to Alton - Just minutes from St. Louis! Alton Regional CVB

200 Piasa St • Alton • IL • 62002 800-ALTON-IL • Fax: 618-465-6151 • Area rooms: 600 Airport: Lambert St. Louis - 25 miles Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, Pere Marquette Lodge, Lewis & Clark Community College Attractions: Lewis & Clark State Historical Site #1, National Great Rivers Museum, Melvin Price Locks & Dam #26, Museum of History & Art, Argosy Casino Alton, Raging Rivers Water Park, Center for American Archaeology

Group tours find great stays, rare finds and true adventure all around Alton, IL and the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. Groups discover terrific scenery, amazing archaeology, thought-provoking history, recreational fun, abundant nature, watchable wildlife and entertaining cultural attractions, including the point of departure for Lewis and Clark and the National Great Rivers Museum. Groups enjoy meeting at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers, cruising along the Great River Road and finding rare finds at some of the best antique and specialty shops in the Midwest! In the winter, groups enjoy ogling eagles on one of the many group tour events. In the spring, the redbuds bloom and spring shopping trips blossom. In the summer, groups take part in river recreation and outdoor fun splashing around the place where the river bends. The fall season offers the best glimpse of fall colors and a true kaleidoscope of colors draped against the majestic limestone bluffs that jet out over the Great River Road. So winter, spring, summer or fall, all groups need to do is call 1-800-ALTONIL. We create great passports filled with all the great rivers have to offer!



The “Wright” Site at the “Right” Price for your Next Meeting IL

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort • Bob O’Connor 250 West Schick • Bloomingdale • IL • 60108 630-529-0200 • 630-529-0675

Rooms/suites: 308/28 Meeting space sq. ft.: 50,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 15,128 Meeting rooms: 28 Reception capacity: 1,600 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2 Luxury spa onsite: 1

Conveniently located just 14 miles from O’Hare in suburban Bloomingdale, Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort has everything you need for a successful meeting. Featuring 308 oversized guestrooms, casual and elegant restaurants, championship golf, 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an awardwinning spa, and much more, we can accommodate groups as small as 12 and as large as 1,200. With a conversion to the legendary Hilton brand in August 2007, Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort recently underwent an $8 million renovation including completely updated guestrooms, modernized meeting facilities, and complimentary 24-hour fitness center and state-of-the-art business center. Additionally, the resort is introducing a championship golf teaching and practice facility and the completion of a massive course renovation in 2008. Golf upgrades include a stunning redesign that will incorporate three nine-hole courses and the addition of a spectacular par three island green signature hole. Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort also provides all the resources you need for an unforgettable program. Our team of professional and experienced staff members can handle all aspects of your event planning, from audiovisual and scenic element needs to teambuilding activities and kids programs. Contact us today and experience all that Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort has to offer!


Central Illinois’ Premier Meeting Destination Bloomington-Normal Area CVB

3201 CIRA Dr, Ste 201 • Bloomington • IL • 61704 309-665-0033 or 800-433-8226 • Fax: 309-661-0743

Bloomington-Normal offers excellent facilities, accessibility and superb services at an affordable cost. Centrally located along I-55, I-74 and I-39 and only two and a half hours from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, Bloomington-Normal is your premier Entertainment/attractions nearby: Bloomington meeting destination. Travel by Amtrak or through the Central Illinois Regional Center for the Performing Airport, one of Central Illinois’ busiest airports, located within 15 minutes of all Arts, Eastland Mall, the hotels and attractions. Shoppes at College Hills, Professional Hockey and We offer the facilities and first-class hotels to enhance your next meeting! The Football at the U.S. Cellular Interstate Center is a full-service facility offering over 80,000 sq. ft. of meeting Coliseum, nationally ranked space, or try the new U.S. Cellular Coliseum in downtown Bloomington with golf courses over 180,000 sq. ft. of space. In addition, Illinois State University offers a unique Meeting facilities: conference setting to meet your needs for up to 10,000 people. The Chateau Hotel and The professional staff of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Conference Center, Visitors Bureau is ready to assist you from site selection through post-convention Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, follow-up, ensuring a successful event. Eastland Suites Hotel Let our premier location, facilities and affordability increase attendance at and Conference Center, your next meeting. Contact the Bloomington-Normal Area CVB staff today! Illinois State University, Area rooms: 3,500+

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Champaign County CVB Champaign County CVB • Nathan Rice

1817 S Neil St, Ste 201 Champaign • IL • 61820-7269 217-351-4133 • Fax: 217-359-1809 •

Area rooms: Over 3,400 Major meeting facilities: Over 241,000 sq. ft. county-wide, both traditional and nontraditional venues Attractions: Over 43 attractions and over 24 entertainment options

Looking for space? Champaign County’s got it! Plan a small meeting in Silvercreek’s greenhouse, a class reunion at The Refinery or an all-out corporate to-do at any one of our many hotels. Take time to sample an area which combines big city attractions with downstate prices. Champaign County is conveniently located at the crossroads of three major interstates linking Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. It is small enough for convenience, yet large enough to attract cultural events seldom found outside Chicago, and is just right for accommodating meetings in its ample and inviting spaces. Diversity is reflected in cuisine, entertainment and intellectual stimulation. Whether it’s the University of Illinois or downtown nightlife, one of the more than 200 restaurants or the museums and art, Champaign County has it all.





My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn® hotels of Chicago Holiday Inn hotels of Chicago 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bolingbrook


145 rooms, 4,536 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Chicago-Countryside/LaGrange


298 rooms, 19,788 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-Downtown


145 rooms, 2,300 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Chicago-Elk Grove


160 rooms, 7,669 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Elmhurst


210 rooms, 2,520 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza (Riverview)


521 rooms, 24,372 sq. ft. of meeting space 203 rooms, 12,012 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Matteson Hotel and Conf Center


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Northwest - Elgin


243 rooms, 4,860 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Chicago Oak Brook


225 rooms, 12,005 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Select Chicago - O’Hare (Rosemont)


225 rooms, 2,541 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn North Shore (Skokie)


244 rooms, 18,508 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Select Chicago-Tinley Park-Conv Center


202 rooms, 40,527 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Chicago-Willowbrook-Hinsdale


220 rooms, 13,436 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Gurnee-Conv Center


217 rooms, 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Itasca (Woodfield Area)


160 rooms, 12,136 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Joliet - Conf Center


200 rooms, 13,973 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg Area


282 rooms, 24,201 sq. ft. of meeting space


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Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro • Sales Department 733 W Madison • Chicago • IL • 60661 312-829-5000 • Fax: 312-602-2180

Rooms/suites: 398/42 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 460 Onsite restaurants: Yes

In the vibrant west loop of Downtown Chicago, the city’s only Crowne Plaza is at your service. Luxury, dynamic, state-of-the-art, upscale and trendy all rolled up in one. Catering to business travelers and vacationers alike, Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro provides the lifestyle enhancing amenities and services that are important for today’s traveler… services that make being on the road feel a little more like home. Our 8,000 sq. ft. of sophisticated function space is designed to accommodate both your corporate and social affairs. From our two-hour RFP Response Guarantee, to your own dedicated Crowne Meetings Director, through the meeting’s end with a daily meetings debrief, the Chicago Metro is the new choice for the discerning planner and traveler. All rooms include: Balconies on every guest room, complimentary high-speed internet access, 27-inch flat screen television, in-room safe that accommodates laptop, cordless telephones and private voicemail, in-room video review/ checkout, and weekday newspaper delivery. Hotel services include: “Dine,” our American Eatery & Martini Bar - combining classic 1940’s theme with a modern flair, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, valet parking, 24-hour health/ fitness center, concierge services, 24-hour business center, fax and photocopying services, laundry and dry cleaning service and high-speed wireless access in public areas.


The Seneca Hotel & Suites Where You Want to Be… in Chicago The Seneca Hotel & Suites • Michael Vito

200 E Chestnut • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-787-8900 • Fax: 312-988-4438 •

Reception capacity: 74 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,901 Largest room sq. ft.: 768 Rooms/suites: 160 Meeting rooms: 3 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3

The Seneca is a charming boutique hotel on a picturesque tree-lined street… just one block east of North Michigan Avenue’s world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. It consists of a mix of rooms and suites. The suites include a living room and dining area, as well as separate bedroom and full kitchen. The Seneca specializes in customizing packages tailored around your specific meeting needs. We provide a quiet, comfortable environment for executive meetings, presentations or corporate training programs with a choice of three tastefully decorated function rooms. The Seneca has state-of-the-art audio and video equipment and offers complete food and beverage service for meals, receptions or banquets. The Seneca also offers special business suites that include two-line speaker phones with voicemail and free wireless high-speed internet, spacious desks and upgraded amenities. You’ll find many other convenient services on the premises… including a fitness center, three excellent restaurants and a dry cleaner. There’s also convenient valet parking.



Re-inventing French Elegance with Contemporary Style IL

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower • Marianne Moss, Sales Business Analyst 20 E Chestnut St • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-324-4012 • Fax: 312-324-4025

Rooms/suites: 415 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: Café des Architectes

Sleek and contemporary describe this prismatic, angular, 32-story structure, designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. One block from the Magnificent Mile, the Sofitel enjoys a central location to the shops on Michigan Avenue while maintaining a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Inside the hotel, discover how form and function coexist harmoniously in this modern architectural marvel. The twostory atrium lobby is anchored by a triangular glass staircase lit with over 3,000 small gleaming lights. Paris-based interior designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, conceived the striking interiors beginning with the lounging areas, adorned with camel-colored sofas, jeweled tones and seductive lighting. The stunning 4,500 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom hosts the city’s most exclusive events. The hotel offers 415 guest rooms, including 30 deluxe executive rooms, 32 suites, and la crème de la crème, the Presidential Suite. All guest rooms are designed with an urban residential feel with honey maple wood walls, chrome accents and well crafted furnishings. The standard amenities include spacious soaking tubs, separate glass enclosed showers, Frette robes, WiFi by T-Mobile, a 24-hour fitness center, and 24-hour room service. Café des Architectes offers contemporary French cuisine. Seasonal menus and creative signature dishes offer a unique culinary experience. The chic and vibrant Le Bar is known for its collection of cocktails, martinis, cognacs, and champagnes. In the lounge area, enjoy the warmth of the fireplace. Sample romantic cocktails from the new HIS & HERS cocktail menu, such as the Lady Sage or the Dark and Stormy, as created by one of our Master Mixologists.


Chicago Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding • Lynn S. Nardelli

230 W North Ave • Chicago • IL • 60610 312-664-0773 • 312-664-9610 •

Eat, Drink, Watch Them Marry!

For groups of 15 or more, our experienced group sales team will assist in the planning and execution of your event to create the best possible experience.

Tony n’ Tina want to personally invite you to their Wedding Day! Running since 1993, this hilarious interactive comedy satirizes an Italian-American Wedding, where you are more than a member of the audience… you are a member of the family! Watch the ceremony and then attend the reception which includes an Italian buffet, champagne toast, wedding cake, music, dancing and many surprises! If you are looking for something different, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is the perfect choice. Call now for schedule, prices and special discounts for groups of 15+. Group Discounts, Bar Packages, Private Performances and Preceremony Receptions available.


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Conference Chicago

Meetings and Accommodations IL

University Center • Mark Calderone and LaChandra Simon 525 S State St • Chicago • IL • 60605 312-924-8000 • Fax: 312-924-8100

Reception capacity: 360

University Center Conference Chicago is an exciting, state-of-the-art setting for large to small conferences as well as summer housing accommodations both at extremely competitive rates. The ten-room conference center offers Meeting rooms: 10 on-premises catering, high-tech audiovisual equipment, professional staff and exceptional amenities. The meeting rooms are designed to accommodate a Largest room sq. ft.: 2,400 variety of configurations, providing the ideal environment for your next board Onsite dining: meeting, seminar, workshop or retreat. Dining facilities and onsite Additionally, Conference Chicago offers year-round guest suites, summer catering housing accommodations and on-premises dining services. Overnight guests Attractions: Sears Tower, have the added benefit of using the building’s fitness center, recreational/game Navy Pier, Chicago’s Museum Campus, Grant and room area, garden terrace and laundry facilities. Housing accommodations are Millennium Parks, Michigan fully furnished. Linen and housekeeping services are also available. Avenue, Chicago Cultural University Center, a multi-institutional living environment, is exceptionally Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra located in the heart of Chicago. It is just minutes from Grant and Millennium Parks, Navy Pier, museums and cultural institutions, the central business Golf nearby: Chicago Park District, Sydney R. Marovitz, district and numerous restaurants. Public transportation is right outside the 3600 Recreation Drive door, providing easy access to anywhere within the city, including O’Hare and and Chicago Park District, Midway Airports. Jackson Park, 63rd & Lake Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,000

Shore Drive

Chicago Southland

Discover the Unexpected! Chicago Southland CVB • Mary Patchin, Director of Sales 2304 173rd St • Lansing • IL • 60438-6006 888-895-8233 • Fax: 708-895-8288

Welcome to the Chicago Southland! Chicago Southland - the 61 south and southwest suburbs of Chicago - is the affordable, accessible meeting location, with 71 hotels and motels offering more than 7,000 rooms for every budget. Major meeting facilities: A variety of meeting and convention venues are available to meeting planners, including Orland Park Civic Center, a convention center/hotel complex and several exposition centers. Unique meeting places Tinley Park Convention Center and other alternative abound, with golf courses, horse racing tracks, historical buildings and one of the only corporate teambuilding facilities in the Midwest. Entertainment options include fine arts venues for small/mid-size performances, art galleries, popular music concerts, professional soccer, independent league meetings baseball and outdoor adventures along the region’s network of hiking and biking trails. The Chicago Southland region boasts 33 golf courses for all levels of play, perfect for Attractions: corporate outings and meetings. Several high-profile golfing events have been held in the TOYOTA PARK, home Southland, including the 2003 US Open Golf Championship at Olympia Fields Country of the Chicago Fire Major Club, the 1997 US Senior Open (also at Olympia Fields) and the PGA Western Open, held League Soccer team annually at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Many of the Southland’s private golf clubs have and Chicago Machine reciprocal agreements with clubs nationwide. Professional Lacrosse Located at the crossroads of Interstates 57, 80, 94, 294, 90 and 55, the Chicago Southland Team, First Midwest Bank is easily accessible to both Midway and O’Hare International airports, and additional Amphitheatre, Balmoral transportation options are readily available, including commuter rail, bus and Amtrak. Park Race Track (horse The Chicago Southland CVB assists meeting planners with site selection, bids/proposals, racing), 33 public and semiprivate golf courses, antique transportation coordination, registration, and more. Be sure to ask about our $500 “Our Idea of a Treat” promotion and our FREE convention services! For additional information, please shopping, teambuilding call the Chicago Southland course, Windy City CVB toll free at 888-895ThunderBolts (Frontier 3211. League pro baseball) Area rooms: 7,000




Chicago’s North Shore

Chicago’s North Shore CVB • Kimberly Wright, Director of Sales 8001 Lincoln Ave, Ste 715 Skokie • IL • 60077 847-763-0011 Ext 23 • Fax: 847-763-0022 •

Area hotel rooms: 2,250 Attractions nearby: Chicago Botanic Garden, Westfield Old Orchard, The Glen Town Center and Northbrook Court shopping centers, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Meeting facilities: Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center Chicago-North Shore, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn North Shore, Hotel Orrington, Renaissance Chicago North Shore


Bordering Chicago along beautiful Lake Michigan, Chicago’s North Shore represents the most scenic communities in the Midwest that are also home to state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities. Our region proudly hosts groups from 20 to 500 people. The hotels of Chicago’s North Shore have completed over $60 million in renovations and offer world-class meeting facilities – all close to downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and the I-94 corridor. Our properties offer a range of amenities including rooftop ballrooms, conference centers built with IACC specifications, wireless internet connectivity, advanced audiovisual capabilities as well as a ballroom that can accommodate over 1,000. Chicago’s North Shore is a preferred destination for meeting planners who choose to offer their meeting delegates a broad and diverse range of attractions, restaurants, entertainment and shopping options. Chicago’s North Shore CVB will offer you personalized assistance in planning your meeting or event. You may also utilize the interactive planning tools on our website.

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Chicago’s North Suburbs

For your next meeting, allow Chicago’s North Suburbs the opportunity to provide you with safe, affordable and friendly surroundings. IL

Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB • Lou Ann Hayes

664 Milwaukee Ave • Prospect Heights • IL • 60070 800-955-7259 • Fax: 847-279-2787

Area rooms: 1,450 Major meeting facilities: Westin Northshore Hotel, Hilton Northbrook Hotel and Radisson Northbrook Hotel Attractions: Chicago Botanic Garden, The Grove, Ravinia Festival, Long Grove Historic Village, Chicago Indoor Racing

Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB is a full-service bureau, providing complete assistance in all facets of meeting and convention planning. Our staff will go “above and beyond” to provide a successful, memorable event. Your time is money and nobody knows that better than we do! Our Sales Manager can serve as liaison with all the contacts and suppliers. In addition, Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB offers the following services: • Planning assistance • Bid proposals and presentations • Site selection assistance • “Restaurant Row” dine-around assistance • Personalized welcome banner • Personalized site inspection • Customized tours or entertainment options • Complimentary visitors guides and more! For more information and assistance with your next meeting, contact Lou Ann Hayes with Chicago’s North Suburbs Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-955-7259 Ext 14.


We make life easy for planners! Decatur Area CVB • Jan Hooten

202 E North St • Decatur • IL • 62523 217-423-7000 • Fax: 217-423-7455 • Area hotel rooms: 1,480 Entertainment nearby: Lake Decatur for boating, water sports and fishing, Scovill Park Complex with zoo and children’s museum, Lincoln sites, historic downtown with unique shops, restaurants and art galleries, indoor sports and fitness complex, four world-class public golf courses Meeting facilities: Largest conference center hotel in downstate Illinois Decatur Civic Center with indoor arena, theater and meeting rooms, Progress City for large-scale outdoor exhibitions

The Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers many services to help you plan a smoothly executed, productive event. Our services, complimentary when you use a minimum of 25 sleeping rooms, include coordinating welcoming arrangements and local speakers, distributing press releases and helping you plan exciting companion and youth programs. When desired, shuttle service can be arranged for multi-hotel events. We will provide registration assistance, nametags and welcome bags. Send us your RFP today!




The Magnificent Miles West of ChicagoTM DuPage CVB • Lisa Landers, CMP

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • Fax: 630-575-8078 •

Area rooms: 16,000 Airports: O’Hare, Midway and DuPage Major meeting facilities: Midwest Conference Center Marriott Hickory Ridge Conference Hotel Doubletree Guest Suites & Conference Center Pheasant Run Resort & Spa Q Center Attractions: Cantigny The Morton Arboretum Naper Settlement Brookfield Zoo Drury Lane Theatre

Located just 20 miles west of Chicago, DuPage is a fast, easy commute from O’Hare and Midway Airports and has its own airfield for corporate travel. Planners choose from more than 100 hotels, from major convention facilities to intimate inns, as well as a variety of sports venues, expo facilities, colleges and state-of-the-art conference centers with teambuilding. DuPage is a great destination for meetings, with its accessibility and value. It’s easy to find the ideal space for any size meeting. Planners will find luxurious space with high-tech amenities and plentiful sleeping rooms at reasonable prices. DuPage offers a multitude of entertainment choices: urban, world-class shopping, a myriad of restaurants, professional dinner theatre, national-circuit comedy clubs, nightclubs for jazz, blues, country or contemporary, nearly 50 golf courses as well as sports venues including minor league baseball teams. The DuPage CVB proudly represents The Magnificent Miles West of Chicago™ and provides planners with one-stop shopping in choosing a meeting site and coordinating events. Contact the DuPage CVB to receive a comprehensive Planners Guide, including a facilities-at-a-glance brochure that assists planners in finding exactly what they’re looking for. DuPage… Come for Business, Stay for Fun.


Affordable, Comfortable, Accommodating, Unique Effingham CVB • Kim Wiedman

201 E Jefferson • Effingham • IL • 62401 800-772-0750 • Fax: 217-342-2746 •

Affordable, comfortable, accommodating, unique. Four little words you will use to describe why you want to have your meeting in Effingham. After you experience Effingham, the word will be “WOW!” Meeting facilities: Keller Effingham has the facilities to make your meeting or convention a smoothConvention Center, running affair and the unique attractions to make it memorable. Nineteen Ballard Nature Center, K of C Building hotels offer over 1,300 comfortable rooms with amenities for every taste at very affordable prices. Attractions: The Rosebud Effingham has the events and attractions to offer a welcome diversion Theatre, Cross at the and respite from the business at hand. Stroll the Sculpture on the Avenues, a Crossroads, Corvette Museum, Ballard Nature year-long outdoor exhibit of world-class art. Plan an outing to visit the newly Center redesigned Corvette Museum exhibiting Corvettes from every era. The lives of the earliest settlers and the Franciscan priests and brothers are brought to life at the Monastery Museum. Dr. Charles Wright was the first to live in the massive 19th century home he built and furnished with items that have become priceless antiques. Visit one of two wineries in the area. Lake Sara offers the perfect setting for a delicious catered picnic and relaxing pontoon boat ride around the lake. Effingham is the home of the Rosebud Theatre, which is a 1,564-seat, live performance theatre that hosts regional and national acts with over 60 shows each year. Contact the CVB for assistance in planning your event and click on “Meetings & Conventions” to view our NEW Meeting page on the website. Area rooms: 1,300


Elgin Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Northwest • Ana Ortiz

Rooms/suites: 243 Meeting space sq. ft.: 7,500 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 450 Golf course nearby: 1 “Best in the Industry for Reception Facilities” Illinois Meetings & Events Onsite restaurants: 2 495 Airport Rd • Elgin • IL • 60123 847-488-9000 • Fax: 847-488-9800 •


The award-winning Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Northwest is Elgin’s premier full-service hotel that strives on a daily basis to provide only the finest in meetings, social events and hospitality. Our eightstory high-rise hotel features 243 spacious guestrooms including 63 suites that eagerly await your arrival. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is conveniently located off I-90 and only miles from O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. Attractions: Downtown Chicago, O’Hare Airport, Prime Outlets, Whisper Creek Golf Club, Elgin Sports Complex, Grand Victoria, Riverboat Casino, Hemmens Cultural Center, Sears Centre, Algonquin Commons, Woodfield Mall


Elk Grove

Warm, Comforting Connections Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove • Lynn Ruffino 121 NW Point Blvd • Elk Grove • IL • 60007 847-290-1600 • Fax: 847-290-1744

Rooms/suites: 253 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,000 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 225 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: Yes


Enjoy comfort and ease at the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove. Located near O’Hare International Airport, our hotel will complete renovation by June of 2008. Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove is convenient to popular shopping areas, restaurants, and easy access to all major highways via I-90. Separate living rooms, bedrooms, and dressing areas in our 253 spacious and newly appointed suites give you plenty of space to work or relax with your friends and family. High-speed internet access is also available in every room to keep you connected when you’re miles away. Gather for a delicious meal in our casual restaurant or sip on your favorite cocktail in our relaxing lounge after a long day. Or for more active stress-relief, break a sweat in our health club or cool off in our indoor and outdoor pools. Our warm and professional staff looks forward to welcoming you to the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove.

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Vintage Charm/Contemporary Spirit Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau 720 Park Ave • Galena • IL • 60136 888-442-5362 • Fax: 815-777-3566 •

Area rooms: 1,600 Airport: Dubuque Regional Airport - 30 miles Major meeting facilities: Chestnut Mountain Resort, Country Inn & Suites, DeSoto House Hotel, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, Ramada Hotel and Spa, Stoney Creek Inn and Timmerman’s Hotel & Resort Attractions: Irish dancers, ghost tours, 189 holes of golf, upscale spas, downhill skiing/ snowboarding, gardens, hot air balloon rides, winery tours and wine tastings

Galena and Jo Daviess County has established itself as one of the Midwest’s premier destinations. It is located in the northwest corner of Illinois, where the western edge is outlined by the Mississippi River and Iowa, while Wisconsin borders to the north. Galena and Jo Daviess County gives inspiration to any meeting with the tranquility of its river valleys and boundless views of the scenic vistas. The topography-enriched destination of Galena and Jo Daviess County highlights our 1,600 sleeping rooms, 50,000 square feet of space, 189 holes of golf, fullservice spas, downhill skiing/snowboarding, gardens and wineries. From first-class resorts to upscale inns, Galena and Jo Daviess County boast the unexpected. The variety in facilities is endless. From a golf tournament to a small convention, you are sure to find the perfect location that will give your attendees a fresh perspective. Traveling to Galena and Jo Daviess County is a scenic experience by any means of transportation. The Dubuque Regional Airport, just a 30-minute trip from Galena, provides air service to the destination. As for car travel, the easy drive to Galena and Jo Daviess County is about two and a half hours from Chicago, IL and about one and a half hours from Madison, WI.


Exceptional Meetings Start Here Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Dr • Galena • IL • 61036 800-998-MEET (6338) Nestled on 6,800 acres in northwest Illinois, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a year-round resort that is known for championship golf. But beyond the rolling hills and challenging greens, Eagle Ridge is the Midwest’s premier resort and spa. Meeting Space With our 15,000 sq. ft. of function space, 14 meeting rooms and three executive boardrooms, combined with our awardwinning banquet and catering staff, meeting your needs is never a problem! Accommodations It’s not just the comfortable appointments, it’s the countless extras and relaxing ambience that make your group’s stay unforgettable. Accommodations include our majestic Inn as well as private homes and villas, with one to eight bedrooms. Dining What would a meeting getaway be without fantastic dining? At Eagle Ridge, our award-winning dining offers delicious fare, exceptional service and breathtaking views - allowing your group to relax and enjoy the moment. Spa Offering a complete sensory experience, our onsite Stonedrift Spa provides every imaginable indulgence - from facials and massages to total body treatments - revitalizing your group members and enhancing their mental preparation for the duration of their stay. Recreation & Activities At Eagle Ridge, it all starts with our favorite pastime­­ - golf. With 63 flawless holes over four expertly designed courses, we can treat your group to a world-class golf experience. Other recreational options abound. From hiking and horseback riding to boating and fishing, Eagle Ridge offers your group a diverse array of outdoor excitement. Getting Here Now is the time to organize your group’s next meeting. Call 800-998-6338 or visit today.


Jacksonville Jacksonville Area CVB • Patty Anderson

155 W Morton Ave • Jacksonville • IL • 62650 217-243-5678 • Fax: 217-245-0661 •


Explore the Jacksonville Area!

Area rooms: 438 Major meeting facilities: Many diverse facilities to fit your needs from large banquet facilities, to mid-size venues, to small spaces for your more intimate business needs. For a complete list of our venues and facilities, please check out our website.

Discover Jacksonville, a community rich in historical treasures, with thriving arts, education and culture, wrapped in Midwestern hospitality. Jacksonville is centrally located in the heart of Illinois between St. Louis and Chicago, and just minutes from the capitol in Springfield. Jacksonville offers an excellent place to meet, live, work, and play. We offer excellent venues, at an affordable price - from beautiful outdoor facilities to elegant banquet halls, we can accommodate your meeting. Our hospitality and facilities will provide you with the solution you are looking for in hosting your next successful event. Attractions: Historic Underground Railroad sites, Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion, Lake Jacksonville, David Strawn Art Gallery, Illinois College, MacMurray College


Meet In The Corridor Heritage Corridor CVB • June Anderson

81 N Chicago St • Joliet • IL • 60432 800-535-5682 • Fax: 815-727-2324 Airports: Chicago Midway - 30 miles, Chicago O’Hare - 35 miles Area rooms: 4,500 Major meeting facilities: Bolingbrook Golf Club Holiday Inn Bolingbrook Starved Rock Lodge Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, McCook Athletic & Exposition Center Attractions: Bolingbrook Golf Club Chicagoland Speedway Argosy’s Empress Casino Illinois Aviation Museum Route 66 Starved Rock State Park Illinois River Road Illinois Lincoln Highway

The Heritage Corridor CVB encompasses the region along and near the historical 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal. Our communities and cities are diverse in activities as well as terrain. From fine dining, museums and live theatre to canyons, waterfalls and sweeping prairies, the Heritage Corridor has an incredible offering for the discerning meeting planner. We excel in smaller, more intimate meetings with plenty of outdoor activity in teambuilding exercises from corn mazes to ultra-extreme sports. Imagine your next meeting involving NASCAR, paintball in the world’s only themed paintball park, restored vaudeville theatre, casinos, 1800s mansions and timberbraced lodges and waterparks. Golf at one of the top ten rated public golf courses, the Bolingbrook Golf Club, or play where the pros play at home to the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in Lemont. Seasonally, we can offer a luxury yacht and an authentic paddlewheeler along the Illinois and Des Plaines rivers. Come meet with us along old Historic Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway and experience today’s development on yesterday’s dreams! Our CVB can facilitate your meeting as well as offer touring opportunities, activities and dining experiences for your participants. With our close proximity to Chicago, we offer a great choice for your next small meeting.

Lisle Lisle CVB • Brenda Littell

4746 Main St • Lisle • IL • 60532 800-733-9811 • Fax: 630-769-1006 •

A Natural Setting for Great Meetings

Entertainment: Morton Arboretum, Village of Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex, Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy, golf and nearby casinos

Beauty, comfort and convenience make Lisle the natural choice for successful meetings and events. Lisle offers meeting planners the very finest in meeting facilities with options that include Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Wyndham hotels. Located at the intersection of I-88 and I-355, Lisle is just 25 miles west of Chicago and conveniently located 25 minutes from O’Hare and Midway Airports. The Lisle CVB’s professional staff provides assistance at every stage of meeting and event planning. Schedule your next meeting or event in Lisle and discover why it’s the natural place to meet.


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An important business meeting? An elegant wedding? A national trade show? The perfect place for the perfect event. IL

Midwest Conference Center • Zoila Matricardi

401 W Lake St • Northlake • IL • 60164-2401 708-409-2828 • Fax: 708-409-2830 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 35,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 15,000 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 100-660 Golf course nearby: Yes

•Midwest Conference Center has 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including our 15,000 sq. ft. Midwest Ballroom with 24-ft. ceiling height. •The Midwest Ballroom is the largest column-free room in the area. •Our 16th floor Skyline Ballroom is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, giving you an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline. Enjoy value-priced, award-winning cuisine and personal attention to every detail. •Six additional rooms accommodating ten to 660 people. •Over 450 hotel rooms just minutes away, with shuttle services to our door. •Conveniently located minutes from O’Hare airport. Easily accessible from downtown or Chicagoland suburbs. •550 FREE parking spaces and free shuttle service from our parking lot to our front door.

Oakbrook Terrace

Chicagoland’s Hot Spot Oakbrook Terrace Hotels

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • Fax: 630-575-8078

Rooms/suites: 1,066 Meeting space sq. ft.: 18,279 Meeting rooms: 26

Oakbrook Terrace has got it all: live theatre, spectacular shopping, fabulous dining, meeting accommodations and FREE parking! Just minutes from downtown Chicago, with easy access to interstate highways and commuter trains, plus close proximity to O’Hare, Midway and DuPage Airports, Oakbrook Terrace boasts world-class facilities for intimate or mid-size gatherings, all comfortably affordable. Experience all the luxuries and convenience at one of Oakbrook Terrace’s seven hotels - contact 800-232-0502 or visit TODAY!

Golf courses nearby: 50 Onsite restaurants: 4


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Natural beauty, urban culture and small town charm - the Peoria Area has it all! Peoria Area CVB • Brent Lonteen

456 Fulton St, Ste 300 • Peoria • IL • 61602 800-747-0302 • Fax: 309-676-8470

Area rooms: 3,600 Nearest airport: Greater Peoria Regional Airport - 8 miles Major meeting facilities: Peoria Civic Center Attractions: Peoria Riverfront Wildlife Prairie State Park Lakeview Museum Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino Shoppes at Grand Prairie Championship golf courses

You’ll find the best of all worlds in the vibrant midwest city of Peoria and its numerous surrounding communities - all blanketed upon the Illinois River Valley. Our picturesque towns are bursting with natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural experiences, distinctive restaurants and shops, and a contagious spirit of fun - making your meeting or convention memorable. Peoria itself boasts a riverside downtown with hotels, dining and shopping - providing plenty of options within walking distance. Best of all - we’re growing! Our convention and entertainment hub - the Peoria Civic Center - has expanded. The $55 million expansion is complete and provides an additional 45,000 sq. ft. of continuous exhibit space giving the facility a total of 110,000 sq. ft. of prime exhibit space. The expansion also adds 27,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space that can be converted into a high-finish banquet hall. The Peoria Civic Center provides an inviting and customizable meeting venue perfect for any event. For more information, visit Also on the horizon are the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Caterpillar Visitors Center and Peoria’s Glen Oak Zoo expansion. Plan your next meeting in the Peoria area and experience the excitement of our rejuvenating downtown and the relaxing beauty of our riverfront.


East Peoria Embassy Suites East Peoria

100 Conference Center Dr • East Peoria • IL • 61611 309-694-0200 • Fax: 309-694-0201

Another exceptional hotel by John Q. Hammons

Rooms/suites: 226 Meeting space sq. ft.: 35,000 Meeting rooms: 25 Largest room sq. ft.: 20,000 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

The Embassy Suites East Peoria is within walking distance to many restaurants and shopping, and just a short drive from all of the area’s unique attractions, including the Par-A-Dice Casino, Riverfront shopping and dining venues and the EastSide Centre athletic facility featuring the Splashdown water park. Embassy Suites East Peoria has 35,000 sq. ft. of beautifully appointed event space in the Conference Center. In addition, there are seven meeting rooms located in the hotel and one is a boardroom, fully equipped with the latest technology including high-speed Internet access and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. There is also a climate controlled walkway connecting the hotel and conference center. In addition to our custom meeting space, every guest suite offers built-in features like a well-lit work space that provides an excellent small meeting room as well as dual phone lines and data ports. Every meeting is ensured to have the high-quality meeting facilities, personal attention, fully-functional audiovisual equipment, exceptional catering and expedient, accurate billing that you expect from Embassy Suites.



Holiday Inn, Look Again… IL

Holiday Inn City Centre Peoria • Karen Pfeiffer-Nash 500 Hamilton Blvd • Peoria • IL • 61602 309-674-2500 • Fax: 309-674-8705 •

Rooms/suites: 319/32 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 1,200 Largest room sq. ft.: 12,300 Golf courses nearby: 3 Onsite restaurant: 1

The Holiday Inn City Centre Peoria is a full-service, downtown Peoria hotel offering a convenient location, amenities and exceptional service. From regional to annual conferences, corporate meeting to receptions, religious to fraternal gatherings, our staff will work with you to make sure that our meeting facilities will always surpass your expectations. The Holiday Inn City Centre sales and catering professionals are unmatched in our attention to detail and superb level of service ensuring each and every event is perfectly executed from start to finish. 2008 will complete our multi-million dollar renovation. Our completion brings a fresh and most appealing look to downtown Peoria’s most popular icon and brings our guests to experience memorable accommodations with the same superior staff and service. Walking distance of RiverFront Village, Peoria Civic Center, Caterpillar World Headquarters, over 27 restaurants and so much more, our location is ideal for any event. • Bennigan’s Bar & Grill onsite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner • Regency Lounge • Complimentary wireless internet throughout our entire facility • Executive level floors perfect for any business traveler - includes complimentary breakfast and evening managers reception • Poolside family suites and hospitality suites • Over 20,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space • 32 comfortably oversized guestrooms • Indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna • Minutes from the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Wildlife Prairie State Park, museums • Complimentary airport shuttle service • Gift shop and hair salon onsite Visit us at or contact us at 309-674-2500.


Enjoy the finest meeting resort in Peoria, Illinois! Hotel Père Marquette • Joel Green

501 Main St • Peoria • IL • 61602 309-637-6555 • Fax: 309-671-9445

Rooms/suites: 287/36 Meeting space sq. ft.: 18,000 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1


Delight in our newly-remodeled rooms and plush suites, beautifully adorned with stylish décor, unique themes, comfortable furnishings and travelenhancing amenities. Experience a rich tradition of hospitality and luxury in our 287 spacious guestrooms and 36 executive suites, including Junior Suites, Hospitality Suites and six VIP Jacuzzi Suites. Our grand hotel features more than 18,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting and event space, including five elegant ballrooms, six meeting and breakout rooms, an intimate boardroom and an opulent lobby for registration and prefunction space. From celebrations to presentation, the Père delivers a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere for every occasion! Located on Main Street in the thriving area of Downtown Peoria, IL, our charming hotel offers an inviting environment and easy accessibility for visits, meetings and gatherings of all kinds. Our historic hotel is situated in the heart of Peoria’s business and entertainment district, one block from the Peoria Civic Center and four blocks from the RiverFront’s restaurants, shops and attractions - right in the heart of the action!

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Designed to Accommodate Lake Shelbyville Shelby County Office of Tourism

315 E Main St • Shelbyville • IL • 62565 217-774-2244 • Fax: 217-774-2224 •

Lake Shelbyville and the surrounding communities offer a unique setting with limitless business, recreation and attraction possibilities! Why not mix your business with pleasure and make your next meeting memorable! • Over 300 area rooms • 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space • 200+ seat theater with movie, DVD and PowerPoint® capabilities • 15,000 sq. ft. Historic Auditorium • 225 holes of golf • 11,000 acres of water • Winery • 5 federal parks

• 3 state parks • 3 marinas • 6 beaches • 15 boat ramps • Boating • Biking/hiking • Fishing • Hunting • Camping

Convenient to Springfield and historic area Lincoln sites. For more information… contact the Shelby County Office of Tourism at or We’ll be happy to help you plan an unforgettable visit!



Plan on Springfield IL

Springfield CVB • Gina Gemberling, DOS

109 N Seventh St • Springfield • IL • 62701 800-545-7300 Ext 131 • Fax: 217-544-8711

Airport: Springfield Area rooms: 4,000+ Major meeting facilities: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Illinois State Fairgrounds Attractions: Abraham Lincoln Historic sites including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Complex. Central location, economical destination, many options for unique venues for special events!

Springfield is the ideal convention and meeting destination providing a diverse range of options. With more than 4,000 hotel rooms, a wealth of Abraham Lincoln sites (including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Complex), fine restaurants, charming shops, interesting architecture and culture, Springfield offers any convention, meeting or special event a memorable experience. Springfield has three convention areas. Historic Downtown Springfield offers over 100,000 sq. ft. of function space and 900 guestrooms. Springfield’s Lake Area offers nearly 50,000 sq. ft. with 1,000 guestrooms. Illinois State Fairgrounds, a 366-acre facility, offers a variety of unique venues. Springfield is located in the heart of the Midwest. I-72 and I-55 intersect in Springfield, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the US. For those arriving by air, Springfield’s Capital Airport has multiple arrivals and departures connecting to three major airports daily. Springfield also offers regular service from Amtrak and Greyhound. Springfield’s central location and ease of access is not only convenient for your members, but will help to ensure good attendance for your event!


Springfield President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center • Kellyann Penick Rooms/suites: 316 701 E Adams St • Springfield • IL • 62701 217-544-8800 • Fax: 217-544-8079 •

Location! Service! Affordability!

Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 7,000 Meeting rooms: 16 Reception capacity: 800 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

The President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, located in the heart of Springfield’s historic district, provides an unparalleled, service-oriented guest experience within distinctively elegant surroundings. At every turn, guests are welcomed with beautiful turn-of-the-century furnishings, marble floors, antique chandeliers and great sleeping accommodations. Located within the hotel is Lindsay’s Restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in friendly surroundings. The Globe Tavern provides a quick mid-day lunch, and an intimate and secluded setting for appetizers and beverages. Guests are within easy walking distance of many unique gift boutiques, eateries and the major Lincoln historic sites. Attractions: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and newly renovated Visitor’s Center, the Lincoln Home, Lincoln Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Depot, Lincoln’s Tomb, historic Old State Capitol, State Capitol Complex, Governor’s Mansion, Dana Thomas House


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St. Charles


St. Charles CVB Naturally Charming St. Charles CVB • Carol Mitchell

311 N Second St • St. Charles • IL • 60174 800-777-4373 • Fax: 630-513-0566 • Area rooms: 2,400 Major meeting facilities: Advanced Center for Training DuPage Expo Hotel Baker Pheasant Run Conference Center Q Center TRECC Golf courses: 5 Attractions: Century Corner Shops Fox River Recreation Historic Downtown Kane County Flea Market Noble Fool Theatricals Steel Beam Theatre St. Charles Paddlewheel Boats Third Street Shops Zanies Comedy Club

West of Chicago and nestled in the Fox River Valley, St. Charles boasts a “perfect portfolio” of meeting and training facilities. From Pheasant Run Resort Conference Center to the nationally-acclaimed Q Center, Advanced Center for Training to DuPage Expo, the high-tech TRECC Center at DuPage Airport to the boutique Hotel Baker - St. Charles, Illinois is the natural choice for meetings. Offering 2,400 guestrooms, St. Charles is easy and convenient to reach. O’Hare and Midway Airports are less than an hour away, and DuPage Airport - perfect for corporate flights - is located just outside our city limits. “Down time” from meetings and events is spectacular, as St. Charles offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation choices, live theatre and comedy, a historic downtown filled with antique and unique boutiques, delightful pubs and riverfront restaurants. A trip into Chicago is a mere hour-long ride away on the Metra Union Pacific West line with a commuter station five minutes south of downtown St. Charles. The St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau prides itself on providing expert assistance in meeting planning and execution, and the utmost in customer service. Contact us with meeting needs, and we’ll work with you on hosting the best event ever!

St. Charles… always has been, always will be charming, and the natural choice for meetings.

St. Charles

Experience Chicago’s Resort Pheasant Run Resort

4051 E Main St • St. Charles • IL • 60174 800-4-PHEASANT • Fax: 630-584-9831 • Whether planning an intimate retreat for 20 or a tradeshow for 10,000, Pheasant Run Resort offers a meeting environment which can be tailored to meet your specific needs. With the recent completion of a $30 million renovation, the resort offers the ultimate event setting. Meeting space sq. ft.: The resort features 45 meeting rooms with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 100,000 including a 38,000 sq. ft. exposition center and a new 25,000 sq. ft. DuPage Expo Center. Largest room sq. ft.: Each meeting room is designed to handle today’s high-tech requirements, including wireless 38,000 high-speed internet access. Facilities include a 320-seat amphitheater featuring state-ofthe-art lighting and sound systems and fold-out desks with high-speed internet access at Meeting rooms: 45 each seat, as well as a 20,000 sq. ft. IACC-certified training center. Onsite audiovisual and business centers stand ready to make your meeting a success. Reception capacity: 3,500 After a long day of meetings, the Midwest’s largest entertainment resort offers an unrivaled amount of attendee-inspiring activities: two 18-hole championship golf courses Golf course onsite: Yes (including a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course) and a new driving range, Mario Tricoci® Onsite restaurants/ Hair Salon & Day Spa, two live theaters, Zanies® Comedy Club, Harvest restaurant, three lounges: 6 swimming pools, shopping and more. The resort’s 473 rooms offer tremendous variety from courtyard rooms overlooking the lake and golf course to two-story whirlpool suites and luxurious Tower suites with expansive views. For more information on this premier meeting and event destination, call 800-4-PHEASANT (800-474-3272) or visit When you plan your event at the largest entertainment resort in the Midwest, everyone can Do More. Rooms/suites: 473




Southwestern Illinois

Country, Cultures & Character The Tourism Bureau Southwestern Illinois • Mark Sugars 10950 Lincoln Trail • Fairview Heights • IL • 62208 618-397-1488 Ext 104 • Fax: 618-397-1945

Airports: St. Louis Lambert - 30 min. MidAmerica St. Louis Airport - Mascoutah 10-25 min. Area rooms: 6,000 Major meeting facilities: The Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, The Fountains Conference Center, Fairview Heights; The Falls Conference Center, Columbia; World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta; Gateway Center, Collinsville Attractions: Cahokia Mounds, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Eckert’s Orchards, Casino Queen, Fairview Heights shopping


The Magnificent Miles of Southwestern Illinois are only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis, MO. Southwestern Illinois has big city facilities at a country price. Only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis, MO, Southwestern Illinois has big city facilities at a country price. First-class meeting and convention space, casual and fine dining restaurants, major shopping areas and a variety of entertainment venues like the Casino Queen, Gateway International Raceway, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site and Heartland Rivers Wine Trail make this a great place for your next meeting.

Book your next large or small meeting, convention, banquet, party, reunion or wedding here. Request a Southwestern Illinois Meeting Planners Guide for any size group.

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Indiana’s Hidden Jewel Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center

6 Lane 100A Lake James • Angola • IN • 46703 260-833-1077 Ext 417 • Fax: 260-833-8957 •

Rooms/suites: 138 Meeting space sq. ft.: 11,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 600 Onsite restaurants: 2 Golf courses nearby: 7

We have it all for you! A lush wooded setting, that sits on one of Indiana’s largest natural lakes, variety of overnight rooms and a large Conference Center. If you are looking to relax, team build or just get to know each other better, we are the site for you. Maybe it’s time that you take your conference, retreat, or reunion out of the city environment… Book your next event at Potawatomi Inn, located in Pokagon State Park. Experience what others have found: outstanding food, service, latest technology, all this and affordable pricing! Give your next meeting the kick-start it deserves and get the most out of your conferencing dollars! Convenient to I-80-90 and I-69. Three hours from Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. • Open all year round • Wireless Internet throughout the entire site • Full service Dining Room and Courtyard Café • In-house catering to Conference Center • State-of-the-Art A/V Equipment • Quaint seating areas throughout

the Inn • Indoor Pool, Sauna and Whirlpool • Exercise Facility • Full-time Activity Director • Nearby Attractions: Outlet Mall, 7 Neighboring Golf Courses, Miniature Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Go-cart tracks and a Local Awardwinning Winery



Breakaway to Bloomington Bloomington CVB • Julie Warren

2855 N Walnut St • Bloomington • IN • 47404 800-800-0037 • Fax: 812-334-2344

IN Area rooms: 2,200 Airport: Indianapolis - 50 minutes Major meeting facilities: Indiana University, Bloomington Convention Center Attractions: Indiana University, Lake Monroe, Oliver Winery, Butler Winery, Tibetan Cultural Center, downtown Bloomington, outdoor recreation and natural beauty

Services you expect… Experiences you don’t! You may know Bloomington as the home of Indiana University and unparalleled Hoosier Hospitality, but did you know that it’s also full of unique experiences just waiting to be discovered? Take your attendees to unexpected places like Indiana’s largest winery, the inspiring Tibetan Cultural Center, a twilight dinner cruise or a rock climbing facility that’s perfect for team-building. After your meeting, explore Bloomington’s vibrant downtown area, bursting with ethnic eateries, shops, galleries, and plenty of live music. For your meeting, choose from over ten major meeting facilities with space from 200 to 56,000 square feet. An inventory of over 1,000 committable rooms lets you choose your accommodations from quaint inns, national chains, lakeside resorts and even on-campus facilities. With diverse and accessible meeting spaces and unique special event venues, Bloomington has what it takes to host unforgettable meetings. This amazing college town offers all the experiences of a much larger city with a friendly small town feel. We can work with any group to accommodate your needs and exceed your expectations. Breakaway to Bloomington, Indiana!


Bloomington Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center • Charlene Renner 302 S College Ave • Bloomington • IN • 47403 812-336-3681• Fax: 812-349-2981

Host your next event in the heart of it all

Reception capacity: 800 Meeting space sq. ft.: 24,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 12,285 Meeting rooms: 10 Golf courses nearby: 3 Attached Marriott Courtyard has 117 rooms

Our 21,000 sq. ft. of meeting space combines the warmth and charm of a historic landmark with the high-tech convenience you expect from a first-rate convention facility. Ten private, spacious meeting rooms allow for numerous breakout options. In addition, our banquet facilities can accommodate five to 800 people. Centrally located elevators and an escalator provide guests with easy handicap accessibility to each of the floors. An outside ramp to the second floor makes loading and unloading convenient for tradeshows or large events. With ample onsite parking, an information and message center and a coat check room on each floor, the Bloomington/ Monroe County Convention Center makes holding your next event as easy as stepping inside our front doors!


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Where Business & Fun Meet Casino Aztar • Catering Department

Rooms/suites: 250 existing rooms Meeting space sq. ft.: 11,000 Ability to accommodate groups of 10-500 Complete onsite audiovisual capabilities Executive chef and onsite culinary preparation Five restaurants onsite Free 1,600-space enclosed parking garage Located on the Banks of the Ohio River in Downtown Evansville

Casino Aztar and the Aztar Executive Conference Center, located in scenic downtown Evansville, IN, capture the heart of Midwest hospitality through all ranges of events, from meetings to parties and everything between. With more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, full catering services and state-of-the-art technological capabilities, Casino Aztar has the ability to custom-tailor every event. For the comfort and convenience of its visitors, the Casino Aztar Hotel has 250 rooms and suites, where guests enjoy free valet parking, complimentary airport shuttle, room service and all of today’s modern conveniences. New in 2007, Casino Aztar is also proud to welcome guests to unparalleled luxury at Casino Aztar’s new boutique hotel, Le Merigot. In addition to the many event and overnight accommodations, there are countless attractions and amenities for visitors, including three floors of Las Vegas-style casino gaming, five restaurants, live entertainment and Aztar’s newest addition, The District. The District offers authentic Irish dining at RiRa, fun and games in Jillian’s Billiards Club, the comfort of Le Merigot boutique hotel and the cosmopolitan nightlife of Blush, the area’s first ultralounge, featuring tapas, sushi and more. For more information about Casino Aztar’s conference facilities, hotel accommodations and entertainment opportunities, please call 812-433-4390.

Fort Wayne

Among the Midwest’s most advanced meeting options in terms of capacity, capability, comfort and creativity. Grand Wayne Convention Center • Michael Coffeen

120 W Jefferson Blvd • Fort Wayne • IN • 46802 260-426-4100 • Fax: 260-420-9080 •

Rooms/suites: 240-room attached Hilton Hotel Meeting space sq. ft.: 80,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 50,000 Meeting rooms: 18 Reception capacity: 7,000 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

With 225,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, Grand Wayne Convention Center offers a 50,000 sq. ft. carpeted, multi-purpose exhibit hall, two elegant ballrooms, 18 meeting rooms, 30,000 sq. ft. of public areas, a 12,000 sq. ft. kitchen with the capacity to serve 3,000 guests in a single banquet setting and the power and expertise to connect, coordinate and create any event. Other features include individually climate-controlled meeting rooms; automated, remote, dimmable lighting; theater-quality sound system; drop screens with remote operation; data and telecommunications in every room; and wireless and wired options throughout. Every event and meeting space is fully equipped with the most accommodating features for uncompromising comfort and creativity. Every inch of space is richly appointed, while spacious corridors and pre-function areas lend a natural balance and flow, allowing multiple events to occur without interruption or sacrifice of any amenity. Grand Wayne Convention Center’s floor plans offer hundreds of meeting and convention configurations, all with easy visual and pedestrian flow. And the attached Hilton Fort Wayne completes a package of novel convenience for both planners and guests. As a useful reference for floor plans, capacities, capabilities, policies and procedures, contact information and more… visit



421 NW Riverside Dr • Evansville • IN • 47708 812-433-4332 •




Hoosier Hospitality Chicago Convenience Lake County CVB • Heather Becerra

7770 Corinne Dr • Hammond • IN • 46323 866-541-LAKE • Fax: 219-989-7777 Area hotel rooms: 4,000+ Entertainment nearby: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, Majestic Star Casinos, Resorts East Chicago Casino & Hotel, Blue Chip Casino, Star Plaza Theatre, Albanese Candy Factory, Fair Oaks Farms Adventure Center, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, championship golf courses, downtown Chicago Meeting facilities: Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza Ramada Conference Center The Calumet Conference Center


Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the South Shore offers Hoosier hospitality and Chicago convenience. Only 25 miles southeast of Chicago’s downtown, you can stay in the South Shore for nearly half the price and still enjoy the glamour and convenience of the big city! The South Shore offers more than 50 meeting facilities that can hold groups from 15 to 3,000. With more than 4,000 hotel rooms throughout the area, rooms from luxury to economy are available. The “star” of the Midwest, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation and blends style and luxury in its highest form. From guest room upgrades and private concierge lounge to the most modern meeting facilities, the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville should be your hotel of choice when planning your next meeting in the Midwest. Lake County also offers an array of restaurants, attractions and entertainment for meeting-goers. With miles of beaches, five lakefront casinos, championship golf courses and so much more, there is something for everyone! For more information and assistance in planning your next meeting in the South Shore, call our sales office at 866-541-LAKE. The bureau’s professional staff provides assistance at every stage of meeting and event planning. Visit our website at

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So easy to do so much! Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association Doug Bennett, Vice President of Sales


PO Box 7284 • Indianapolis • IN • 46207-7248 317-684-2472 • Fax: 317-639-5273 •

Area rooms: 4,700 via skywalk by 2010 - 7,200 downtown - 32,000 metro area Airport: Indianapolis International Airport - 10 minutes from downtown Major meeting facility: Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium Attractions: Motor Speedway, Colts, Pacers, world’s largest children’s museum, 6 distinctive cultural districts, downtown White River State Park

Can a city offer abundant first-class convention facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions connected and just steps away from each other? In Indianapolis, the answer is a deliberate yes. Groups love Indianapolis so much that our convention package will nearly double exhibit space by 2010 with the 747,000 square foot Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, connected to 12 hotels and more than 100 upscale shops and dining at Circle Centre Mall. A new 1,500+ room Marriott complex will join our strong existing hotel package in 2010 and a new airport terminal will open in 2008 with state-ofthe-art service and security. Throughout the metro area, Indianapolis provides unlimited choice of trusted, branded accommodations at all price points. Our hospitality is genuine and service is impeccable. See for yourself why our claim “Indianapolis – so easy to do so much” is more than a slogan but a promise of what you and your delegates will experience.


If it’s important to you… We’ve got it Indianapolis Marriott Center • Vicki Lee

7202 E 21st St • Indianapolis • IN • 46219 317-352-1231 • Fax: 317-352-9775 •

Rooms/suites: 501/88 Meeting space sq. ft.: 57,000 Meeting rooms: 25 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf course nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 2

The Indianapolis Marriott East is only seven minutes from downtown Indianapolis and is conveniently located within five minutes of most major Indianapolis highways. This three-hotel campus offers 57,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and three hotel price options to choose from in one great location. Beautifully landscaped, the campus provides meeting planners the ultimate package for their attendees. The Marriott offers 315 guestrooms including 41 unique suites, business center, indoor/outdoor pool, health club and a host of other amenities. The 63-room Fairfield Inn & Suites provides a complimentary continental breakfast daily, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, free Internet access and spacious guestrooms, including Jacuzzi Suites. La Quinta Inn, with 123 guestrooms, also provides a daily complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor pool and free Internet service. The Marriott is located in the center of the campus offering over 57,000 sq. ft. of combined meeting and pre-assembly space, including 41 breakout rooms. An on-site information technology company provides state-of-the-art audiovisual services keeping up with the latest industry trends. Two restaurants are located on campus and an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues are nearby.



Two Great Cities, One Great University Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB • Beverly Dussault

301 Frontage Rd • Lafayette • IN • 47905 800-872-6648 • Fax: 765-447-5062 •

IN Area rooms: 2,429 Meeting facilities: Purdue University Hotels Attractions: Wolf Park, Purdue University, Tippecanoe Battlefield, Tropicanoe Cove Aquatic Center, Clegg Botanical Garden, Historic Prophetstown, Columbian Park, Prophetstown State Park, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Horticulture Park, Imagination Station, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Red Crown Mini-Museum and much more

Make Lafayette - West Lafayette, Indiana your next meeting place. Just two easy hours south of Chicago and an hour north of Indianapolis, you’ll find everything to make your next meeting or conference a guaranteed success! Home of Purdue University, we are thriving, bustling cities of commerce, diversity and contrast, with the added ambience of being a Big Ten University community. Experience the difference! We offer the meeting planner a wide variety of hotels, facilities, services, unique attractions, great restaurants, and shopping, as well as arts and entertainment and outdoor recreation to enhance the meeting experience. From the traditional convention hotel to an art museum or theater to golf courses or a college setting, we’ve got a unique venue for your meeting or event. The Lafayette - West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau is the primary hospitality information source for the community. Take advantage of our complimentary assistance in meeting planning services. Every step of the way, the LWLCVB can help to make your meeting or conference a success!


Lafayette Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza & Conference Center • Sheri Karl Reception capacity: 250 4343 State Rd 26 E • Lafayette • IN • 47905 765-447-0575 Ext 150 • Fax: 765-447-0901

Lafayette’s “diamond in the rough.”

Meeting space sq. ft.: 7,000 Rooms/suites: 124 # of meeting rooms: 6 Largest meeting room sq. ft.: 3,420 Onsite restaurant: 1

Conveniently located at the intersection of I-65 and State Road 26, two and a half hours south of Chicago, one hour north of Indianapolis. 7,000 sq. ft. of space for conferences, meetings and receptions. We can plan a full-day meeting, including continuous food and beverage service followed by an elegant cocktail party with dinner. We offer a professional event planner, experienced staff, bartenders and a banquet manager to ensure that every function exceeds the expectations of our guests and hosts. 100% wireless high-speed internet access. “Buccaneer Bay Indoor Waterpark” and “Hour Time Restaurant” on property. Attractions: Purdue University, Prophetstown State Park, Columbian Park, Tropicanoe Cove, Indiana Beach, Wolf Park, Fort Quiatenon, Battlefield Historical Museum, Elliott Hall of Music, Loeb Playhouse, Long Center, Many Golf Courses


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A pleasant surprise in Northern Indiana Amish Country Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center • Jill Garris


240 US Hwy 20 • Middlebury • IN • 46540 574-825-0052 Ext 443 • Fax: 574-825-0455 •

Rooms/suites: 94 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,667 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 Entertainment: Seasonal horse-drawn carriage rides and miniature golf Demonstration classes and step-on guides are available to groups.

Designed with our guests’ needs in mind, our conference center is ideal for corporate retreats, conferences, workshops and training seminars. Flexibility is built into the state-of-the-art facility, allowing us to create meeting space for four to 400. We offer audiovisual equipment, high-speed wireless internet, projection screens, podiums and all the essentials required for your business meeting. A capable and experienced group coordinator will happily assist you in determining and executing your requests for seating, dining and entertainment. With an onsite restaurant and shopping opportunities, an inn with generously-sized and well-appointed lodging accommodations (complete with indoor pools, fitness center and game room), and a golf course located one and a half miles from the complex, your associates will have a variety of down-time activities from which to choose. The Essenhaus staff is pleased and equipped to host corporate groups of any size. Any occasion will become a special event created especially for you in the heart of Amish Country.


Lawrence County, Indiana - An Unexpected Destination Picture yourself someplace Unexpected! Lawrence County Tourism

533 W Main St • Mitchell • IN • 47446 800-798-0769 • Fax: 812-849-0168 •

Area rooms: 410 Nearest airport: Indianapolis - 70 miles Meeting facilities: Comfort Inn Spring Mill Inn Lawrence County Fairgrounds Attractions: Spring Mill State Park, Blue Spring Caverns

Who would have expected there would be so much to discover in the rolling hills of Friendly Southern Indiana? Pay us a visit and see what makes this legendary limestone country the cornerstone of Indiana. Come to a place where you can share experiences as genuine and down-to-earth as the stone that’s been harvested and milled here for generations. From the pioneer village and scenic beauty of Spring Mill State Park to the surreal adventure of America’s longest underground river at Bluespring Caverns, Lawrence County offers unexpected mystery, history and recreation. It’s a slice of the Hoosier heartland you’ll treasure in your own heart. It’s an easy trip to the cornerstone of Indiana. Make your meeting plans now so you can experience all the unexpected wonders and attractions of Lawrence County.





Swan Lake Resort Jeannette Teall

5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail • Plymouth • IN • 46563 800-582-7539 • Fax: 574-935-5087 •

Rooms/suites: 92 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000

Located in beautiful northern Indiana, Swan Lake Resort offers a peaceful, comfortable and relaxing setting for any event, year-round. Our state-of-the-art Conference Center can accommodate up to 1,200 guests with a full range of digital audiovisual equipment and wireless connectivity. When business is done for the day, a stage and lighted dance floor, an indoor spa with heated pool, whirlpool and sauna and two championship quality golf courses can be used to energize and reward your team. All at a cost that even the most weary CFO can see value in.

Meeting rooms: 7 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf courses: Indiana National Golf Club’s 36 championship holes and the United States Golf Academy onsite Onsite restaurant: Sam Snead’s Tavern & Grill

• 20,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space • 12-ft. viewing screens, DVD, LCD projector, multi-amp sound system • Intimate breakout areas • 92 luxurious rooms • Beautiful new log cabins and academy cottages with flatscreen TV’s • Golfer’s dining room • Sam Snead’s Tavern & Grill

• Indiana National Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship golf courses • The United States Golf Academy with indoor practice facility and instruction packages • New complete spa • Lighted tennis courts • Indoor and outdoor pool

When it’s time to raise your company’s game, let the conference professionals at Swan Lake Resort marshal the resources you need to nail your objectives.



Amish Backroads LaGrange County CVB • JoDee Hooley

780 S Van Buren St • Shipshewana • IN • 46565 800-254-8090 • Fax: 260-768-4091 •

IN Area rooms: 731 Airport: South Bend Regional Meeting facilities: Shipshewana Town Center, Farmstead Inn Conference Center, Country Inn & Suites, Blue Gate Restaurant & Theater, Splash Universe Water Park Resort Attractions: Flea Market, Menno-Hof cultural center, Blue Gate Theater, Amish Backroad tours, 100+ quaint shops, indoor waterpark, Hudson Auto Museum

Shipshewana is one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest. It thrives all year long and many consider it a great place for weekday meetings, seminars, retreats or conventions. Destination Features: • Largest Outdoor Flea Market in the Midwest, with up to 1,100 vendors, open May through the end of October. • Beautiful Amish Countryside and a unique, slower pace of life. • Third largest Amish settlement in the US. • Within three hours of Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. • Menno-Hof Cultural Center - learn about the Amish and Mennonites, 100+ specialty shops, Backroads tours and other family entertainment. • Friendly, knowledgeable staff to assist with all planning to assure a successful meeting!

South Bend

Make your convention a Whole Lot More! South Bend/Mishawaka CVB • Carolyne Wallace

401 E Colfax Ave, Ste 310 South Bend • IN • 46634 800-519-0594 Ext 343 • Fax: 574-289-0358 • Area rooms: 4,200

South Bend… Notre Dame and a Whole Lot More! A vibrant community rich in tradition, rich in history. A golden glow Nearest airport: illuminates this city comfortably nestled along the banks of the St. Joseph River. South Bend Regional Airport - 5 miles South Bend… Notre Dame and a Whole Lot More! Conveniently located in the Midwest, South Bend is a seasoned convention Meeting facilities: community. You’ll discover our meeting facilities are first-rate - we offer more Century Center, Gillespie than 300,000+ sq. ft. of combined meeting space in the community. From fullConference Center service hotels to historic bed and breakfast inns, we have over 4,200 hotel Attractions: rooms. University of Notre Dame, Delegates will find South Bend easily accessible via major highways College Football Hall of Fame, Studebaker National including I-80 and I-90. Our South Bend Regional Airport offers over 50 flights Museum, South Bend daily, with air, bus and rail service all located in one facility. We offer unique Chocolate Company attractions, shopping, dining, art and cultural experiences. Our experienced sales and services team is eager to provide your group with professional services. We guarantee you’ll experience the very best of what South Bend has to offer. Our team will work closely with your event planner to organize tours, outings and family activities. Additional services include onsite greeting and information service, welcome packets, official welcome address, welcome letters, signage, transportation assistance, brochures, maps and media assistance. For more information, please call the South Bend/Mishawaka CVB at 800-519-0594 Ext 343 or email us at


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A Unique Location Kosciusko County CVB • Sharon Gosnell


111 Capital Dr • Warsaw • IN • 46582 800-800-6090 •

Are you tired of the big city traffic and walls of cement? Area rooms: 738 Major meeting facilities: Orthopedic Capital Center, Ramada Plaza, Oakwood Christian Retreat & Conference Center, Grace College Attractions: Wagon Wheel Theatre, over 100 lakes, Historic Winona Lake with Village at Winona

It’s time for you to take a look at Kosciusko County! Here in the once glacier-covered flat lands of Northern Indiana you will find breathtaking scenery and relaxing adventures everywhere you turn. Our relaxed atmosphere is just what your attendees need to help them slow down and focus on the project at hand - your meeting. Kosciusko County offers meeting space in several spacious meeting facilities including a 42-acre retreat that prides itself on team building activities and aboard a seaworthy vessel as you cruise Lake Wawasee. Groups from two to 2,300 enjoy the beauty of the land and lakes sprinkled throughout our 538 square miles. But don’t think we roll up the streets at dusk! Kosciusko County also has wonderful theaters, art galleries, museums, bakeries, gardens, and crafters to entertain your attendees. Round that out with one-of-a-kind shopping and unique local eateries and you can see exactly why it’s time for you to give Kosciusko County a try! Call Sharon Gosnell today to schedule your meeting or arrange for your personal site visit! 1-800-800-6090,,

West Lafayette

New Name. New Guest Rooms. SAME GREAT SERVICE University Plaza Hotel • Susan Foresman, CMP

3001 Northwestern Ave • West Lafayette • IN • 47906 765-497-8721 • Fax: 765-497-3631 Rooms/suites: 171/18 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,500 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 800 Golf courses nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 2 Major meeting facilities: Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union Attractions: Purdue University, Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe Battlefield, Elliot Hall of Music, Long Center, Purdue Aquatic Center

Located just one mile from Purdue University, the University Plaza Hotel, formerly the University Inn Conference Center & Suites, is the premier full service hotel and conference center serving two great cities for conventions, conferences and social events. Plan your next business meeting, group conference, tradeshow, wedding or social event at the University Plaza Hotel and enjoy all the comforts of home. We feature a professional staff, extensive menus for every taste and 171 newly renovated rooms. The Garden Café, located in the atrium, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unwind in our Tailgate Lounge for a cocktail and enjoy our daily specials. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet in our guest rooms and conference center, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, fitness center, and newly designed business center are just a few of the amenities the University Plaza Hotel has to offer. With over 13,500 sq. ft. of event space, our state-of-the-art, versatile conference center serves groups of 30 to 800. Whatever the occasion, the experienced staff at the University Plaza hotel will deliver a quality experience for you and your guests.



My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn® hotels of Iowa

Holiday Inn Amana Colonies


150 rooms, 6,720 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bettendorf


150 rooms, 3,888 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cedar Falls-University Plaza


110 rooms, 7,141 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Coralville


97 rooms, 5,464 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown-Mercy Campus


251 rooms, 5,685 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Council Bluffs I-29


186 rooms, 7,980 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena


193 rooms, 9,599 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Mason City


132 rooms, 7,462 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Moline, IL Convention Center-Airport


216 rooms, 13,800 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Muscatine


112 rooms, 6,038 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Rock Island-Quad Cities


175 rooms, 8,425 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Sioux City-Downtown


114 rooms, 2,525 sq. ft. of meeting space


The Abbey Hotel is an elegantly restored historic landmark, combining grandeur and affordable elegance with the finest modern amenities. The Abbey Hotel • Tim Heim 1401 Central Ave Bettendorf • IA • 52722

Abbey Station 3031 5th Ave Rock Island • IL • 61201

563-355-0291 • Fax: 563-355-7647 •

Rooms/suites: 19 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,500 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,423 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course nearby: Yes

Whether you are planning a special social event or a corporate business meeting, The Abbey provides the finest banquet facilities in the Quad Cities! Abbey chefs specialize in four-course, sit-down dinners; however, we also provide buffets and meeting breaks in addition to every meal from breakfast to hors d’oeuvres parties to elegant dinners. Abbey Station is our latest exciting project! Our interior renovations are now complete and we are pleased to make the Quad Cities’ most elegant facility available for the most special celebrations of your life. Abbey Station can accommodate 260 guests for sit-down functions. Rated Four Diamonds by AAA, all guestrooms are luxuriously appointed with king- and queen-sized beds, Italian marble bathrooms, oversized (27”) TVs, VCRs and phones with modem ports and voice mail. Most rooms enjoy views of the Mississippi River. Complimentary breakfast buffet • Evening Honor Bar (complimentary hors d’oeuvres) • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access • Evening turndown service (upon request) • Gourmet room service or intimate dining • Complimentary airport shuttle (hours may be limited, please call for pre-arrangement) • Outdoor swimming pool • Athletic center • Museum room • Banquet and meeting space • Free movies from our video library



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On the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. Greater Burlington CVB • Beth Nickel

610 N 4th St, Ste 200 • Burlington • IA • 52601 319-752-6365 • Fax: 319-752-6454

Area rooms: 700


Airport: Southeast Iowa Regional Airport - Burlington, IA, Quad Cities International Airport - 80 miles Major meeting facilities: Pzazz! Events Center at Catfish Bend Casino Fun City Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center Memorial Auditorium Attractions: Fun City, Burlington Bees’ Baseball, 34 Raceway, Casino, Snake Alley, Historical Museums

Flexible, affordable, and convenient is what you will find when you bring your next meeting, reunion, retreat, or conference to Greater Burlington. Nestled on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi, your guests will be impressed by the community’s historic charm and pleasantly surprised with the wide variety of amenities. Greater Burlington is conveniently located at the intersection of US Highway 34 and Highway 61, making travel easy for your attendees. Greater Burlington is home to such notable attractions as Snake Alley, dubbed by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! as the “crookedest street in the world.” Several historical museums featuring Burlington memorabilia give guests a chance to learn more about the community. Attendees can get stung by the fun at a Burlington Bees’ Baseball game, enjoy the water parks at the Fun City Entertainment Complex, or have fun at the brand new Catfish Bend Casino and Spa.


PZAZZ! • Brian Fleming

3001 Winegard Dr • Burlington • IA • 52601 319-237-1237 • Fax: 319-237-1253 •

Rooms/suites: 40 adults only suites and 142 rooms Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Reception capacity: Yes Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 5


Welcome to PZAZZ! - the Midwest’s premier entertainment venue. Luxury suites and family rooms, first-class golf, tasteful dining, action-packed casino gaming and full-throttle kid fun, wild water park excitement, relaxing spa getaways and dance-the-night-away live entertainment. PZAZZ! has something for everyone, of every age, corporate or leisure travel, in one safe and comfortable place. PZAZZ! Convention & Event Center offers over 14,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and banquet space to groups of any size. Our friendly and experienced staff provides world-class amenities with small town charm and affordability. The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 900 guests and offers eight additional meeting rooms throughout the facility. Catfish Bend Inn & Spa is a distinctive hideaway… entirely smoke-free and restricted to patrons 21 and over to ensure a quiet, professional and comfortable environment. PZAZZ! Best Western Hotel is ideal for accommodating groups of all sizes, including themed packages aimed at making your stay at PZAZZ! a memorable one. Choose from a variety of contemporary restaurants and bars to suit distinctive tastes. And for daytime relaxation or nighttime sizzle, join us where the winners play - at Catfish Bend Casino! Whatever you love to do… do it with PZAZZ!

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Cedar Falls Cedar Falls TVB • Kim Burger

6510 Hudson Rd • Cedar Falls • IA • 50613 319-268-4266 • Fax: 319-277-9707 •

Award-winning destination

Area rooms: 1,934 Nearest airport: Waterloo - 5 miles Meeting facilities: Park Place at Pipac Centre, University of Northern Iowa, Holiday Inn

Cedar Falls should be on your “A” list for meetings. The National Historic Trust, Iowa Tourism Office and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs agree, as Cedar Falls has earned the Great American Main Street, Community of the Year, Event of the Year, Attraction of the Year and Cultural District awards. We’re easy to access and can accommodate gatherings of two to 20,000. Spaces include University of Northern Iowa facilities, Park Place at Pipac Centre and Holiday Inn. Tertiary amenities include a variety of performing and visual arts, 80-plus miles of hard-surfaced recreational trails, five historic museums, dining and shopping. Call our full-service Visitor Center for assistance at 800-845-1955.


Attractions: Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, UNI/UNI Dome, 80 miles of trails, 5 historical museums, Downtown Cultural District


Cedar Falls

Iowa’s Premier Event Center Park Place Event Centre at Pipac Centre on the Lake Patrick Snyder

1521 Technology Pkwy, Ste B • Cedar Falls • IA • 50613 800-588-9972 • Fax: 319-268-7298 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 24,000 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 1,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 10,272 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: University of Northern Iowa, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Downtown Cultural District

From “welcome” to “thank you” and everything in between, Park Place Event Centre’s sales team, world-class chefs and banquet staff ensure that you and your guests will be taken care of from initial inquiry to planning and executing the entire event. Northeast Iowa’s premier meeting and event facility has 24,000 square feet of meeting and gathering space. From a multi-functional conference room to an elegantly appointed Executive Boardroom with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Park Place has everything that you need for a meeting of any size. A 10,272 square foot Grand Ballroom can be configured into a variety of smaller spaces to accommodate groups of 30 to 1,000 guests. Setting Park Place apart from other facilities is the sophisticated entrance and rotunda as well as the outdoor, covered veranda and elegant terrace area, with a peaceful lake backdrop. Add the elegant décor, award-winning chefs, a large variety of menu options for any time of day, an unparalleled commitment to service including experienced, professional event coordinators, and Park Place offers everything for successful and impressive meetings and social events. From elegant soirees to picnics on the lawn, from cocktail receptions to corporate events, Park Place is committed to providing whatever you need and has earned a reputation for their attention to detail. Located onsite is Ferrari’s Ristorante, serving traditional Italian fare in an upscale, yet casual environment. Small meetings have the option of enjoying restaurant food and service while utilizing the functionality of the event centre. Park Place Event Centre ensures that you and your guests will be taken care of and promises to be everything a meeting planner could ask for.


Cedar Rapids

Visit Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Area CVB • Vicki Henry

119 First Ave SE • Cedar Rapids • IA • 52406 319-398-5383 Ext 126 • Fax: 319-398-5089 • Area rooms: 2,702 Airport: Eastern Iowa Airport - 5 miles


Major meeting facilities: Best Western Longbranch, Cedar Rapids Marriott, Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Crowne Plaza, Elmcrest Country Club, U.S. Cellular Center Attractions: African American Historical Museum, Brucemore, Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, National Czech & Slovak Museum, Science Station/IMAX Theatre, Ushers Ferry

Association executives, religious leaders, reunion planners, corporate meeting coordinators and many more are discovering why Cedar Rapids is the ideal location for conventions and meetings. You’ll find that Cedar Rapids is convenient, affordable, safe and fun. The response from people attending conventions in Cedar Rapids has repeatedly referred to the friendliness and hospitality that prevail here. Our central location offers convenient travel to your attendees. Excellent air service and superb highways and interstates make Cedar Rapids highly accessible. Rich with a strong sense of history and ethnic traditions, Cedar Rapids’ attractions will enhance your conference experience. In addition, you can enjoy great entertainment from the Cedar Rapids Symphony in the newly renovated Paramount Theatre or drama and comedy at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Our Cedar Rapids Kernels Class A Minor League Baseball team will entertain you in one of the greatest ballparks in the Midwest. And the Cedar Rapids Roughriders are defending champs in the US Hockey League, so plan a stop at the Ice Arena when you’re in town! The Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is the first call to make when planning your next convention. Call or email today to request your free Visitors Guide!


Meetings You Can Afford… in a City You Can’t Afford to Miss! Clinton CVB • Julie Allesee, Director

721 S 2nd St • Clinton • IA • 52732 563-242-5702 • Fax: 563-242-5803 • Area rooms: 820 Airport: Quad Cities - 40 miles Major meeting facilities: Wild Rose Casino & Resort, Best Western Frontier, The Tuscany at Rastrelli’s, Vista Grande, Gil’s Ballroom Attractions: Best “Cellar” Theatre, Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Clinton LumberKings Baseball, Curtis Mansion, Eagle Point Park, Historical Society, Wild Rose Casino, River Arts Center, Wide River Winery


From large groups to small, you will find hospitality to be the key to the success that the Clinton Convention & Visitors Bureau has had in hosting meetings. Located just 30 minutes from I-80 and 20 minutes from I-88, Clinton sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Bureau offers pre-meeting consultation, itinerary planning, space arrangements, site inspection, promotional materials, hub and spoke tours, transportation for large groups, name tags, welcome bags, greeting services and registration assistance. Let our Certified Special Event Planner and staff customize your meeting needs. Your one-stop shop is the Clinton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Council Bluffs

Iowa’s Leading Edge Council Bluffs CVB • Josee Beier Director of Convention Sales

Area rooms: 2,000 Major meeting facilities: 79,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space, flexible configurations, connected lodging Attractions: History, museums, nature, recreation, gaming, fine dining

The Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to promoting Council Bluffs as a surprising meeting destination for small and mid-size meetings. The CVB will provide meeting planners with professional service, including bid proposals, site visits, planning assistance, and name badges designed specially for your group. We can also assist corporate groups in locating the perfect venue for your team building events. The Mid-America Center is our premier convention center with over 66,000 sq. ft. of smoke free meeting space and 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible pre-function space, eight break out rooms, two ballrooms and 25,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. The 8,000-seat arena features yearround big name concerts, seasonal arena football and ice hockey. Located just off Interstates I-80 and I-29 and within walking distance to the Bass Pro Outdoor World, as well as three unique gaming facilities and a variety of restaurants. The Country Inn & Suites is connected to the Mid-America Center by an enclosed walkway featuring 133 rooms. The newly opened 151-room Marriott Springhill Suites is a beautiful addition to our area hotels within walking distance of the Mid-America Center. In addition, we offer ample meeting space at Ameristar Casino Hotel, Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino Hotel, and the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites at Ameristar. New developments in Council Bluffs include the Marketplace and Metro Crossing outdoor shopping centers and two new hotels: the Hilton Garden Inn at the Horseshoe Casino and the Microtel hotel property opening in 2008. Local visitor attractions include over 20 museums and historical sites, hiking and biking trails, five unique golf courses, and several local wineries.


The Center of Exceptional Meetings RiverCenter/Adler Theatre • Kaye Tilton, CMP 136 E Third St • Davenport • IA • 52801 563-326-8500 • Fax: 563-326-8505 •

For first-class service and attention to detail, plan a successful meeting at the attractive and unique RiverCenter/Adler Theatre. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest along the banks of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities’ Davenport, IA, the RiverCenter/Adler Theatre is the center of exceptional meetings. At the RiverCenter/Adler Theatre, we take pride in providing you with everything you need to ensure an event that meets your objectives and exceeds your expectations. Experience the light and industrial feeling of the RiverCenter and the appeal of the historic Art Deco Adler Theatre. Whether a board meeting for 15 or a convention of 3,000, the RiverCenter/Adler Theatre sets the tone for successful meetings. The RiverCenter/Adler Theatre offers 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible and attractive meeting space. Two exhibit halls, ten breakout rooms, executive boardroom and a historic Art Deco theater offer flexibility to meet the needs of your group. Personalized event coordination, exclusive catering, in-house audiovisual and show decorating are all services available to ensure excellence. Every event is treated with attention to detail and uncompromising service. The Quad Cities’ world-class attractions, events, festivals and dining options are sure to keep your group entertained. Many of the Quad Cities’ attractions are centered around its rich heritage. To learn more about Quad Cities attractions, please visit

Meeting space sq. ft.: 100,000 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 2,300 Largest room sq. ft.: 33,400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: Restaurant at Radisson, which is attached via skywalk



7 N Sixth St • Council Bluffs • IA • 51503 800-228-6878 Ext 115 • Fax: 712-322-5698 •

Des Moines Greater Des Moines CVB • Margie Marble

Area rooms: Nearly 10,000 Major meeting facilities: Iowa Events Center (4 buildings), Iowa State Fairgrounds, Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino, 7 Flags Event Center

400 Locust St, Ste 265 • Des Moines • IA • 50309 800-451-2625 • Fax: 515-244-9757 •

Perfectly Packaged!

Des Moines is an affordable destination with a central Midwest location at the junction of I-80 and I-35. Des Moines is an easily accessible cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. • Our extensive, four-mile skywalk, linking downtown meeting facilities, shopping, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, is the largest skywalk system per capita in the world! • 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space downtown. • We’ll make you feel at home in Des Moines. Attractions: Science Center of Iowa, Downtown Farmers’ Market, Adventureland Park, Jordan Creek Town Center, numerous golf courses, Living History Farms and more!



A Grand Choice for Your Next Meeting! Grand River Center • Sue Moran

500 Bell St • Dubuque • IA • 52001 563-690-4500 • Fax: 563-690-1350 RFP online: Meeting space sq. ft.: 86,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Banquet capacity: 3,000 Exhibit hall sq. ft.: 30,000 Ballroom sq. ft.: 12,000

The Grand River Center features an exciting and unique new group destination experience on the banks of the “mighty” Mississippi - America’s River! This state-ofthe-art conference, meeting and social event facility is capable of serving the needs of groups as small as a ten-person executive board retreat or as large as a 3,000-person banquet. •High-speed internet access •Landline videoconferencing •Data port entries

•Wireless internet access •Self-service business center •Complete event coordination

The Grand River Center at the Port of Dubuque is conveniently connected by a covered skywalk to the luxurious 193-room, 31-suite Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, and is an integral part of the new America’s River Campus experience.

Meeting room sq. ft.: 12,000 Feature room: 2,500 sq. ft. glass-enclosed River Room overlooking the Mississippi River Attached rooms: 193 at the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

•Relax in Grand Harbor Resort’s 25,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark •Stroll on the expansive patio and riverwalk overlooking the scenic Mississippi River •Learn the marvels of the Mississippi at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

•Play at the Diamond Jo Riverboat Casino or the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino •Escape to the nostalgic Field of Dreams, the historic “Shops at Galena” or the Bluffs of Dubuque • Take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque paddlewheel replica

Holiday Inn Mason City • Sarah Seward

Rooms/suites: 132 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,714 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 450 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: Yes

Mason City 2101 4th St SW • Mason City • IA • 50401 800-HOLIDAY or 641-423-1640 • Fax: 641-423-4862 •

Mason City, Iowa’s premier hotel facility!

Welcome to the Holiday Inn Mason City, Iowa! You will enjoy yourself in our garden court area equipped with a large indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and game room, making us a great property for your next conference or short getaway. We are conveniently located on Hwy 122, which is midway between Minneapolis and Des Moines, making it easy for you to meet family or coworkers for meetings and banquets serving up to 500 people. Our amenities and service, coupled with our helpful and friendly staff, ensures you an enjoyable stay during your next visit to Mason City. Attractions: North Iowa Fairgrounds & Ice Arena, Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, Lime Creek Nature Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House, Charles MacNider Museum


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Pella Pella CVB • Jill Vandervoort

518 Franklin St • Pella • IA • 50219 888-746-3882 • Fax: 641-628-9697 •

Where Class and Sophistication Meet... However You Define it!!!

Area rooms: 404 Major meeting facilities: Vermeer Pavilion, Central College Campus, Bos Landen Golf Course Conference Center, the restored Pella Opera House, Monarch’s Restaurant on the Molengracht, Pella Golf & Country Club and at most hotels

“Dutch treatment” is what you can expect for your next meeting or conference in Pella. The Pella CVB can provide entertainment that will give your guests a real flavor of our Dutch community. Stroll through our Molengracht canal area, tour the nation’s largest working grain windmill, take time to enjoy our upscale lodging facilities, store-front architecture resembling that of the Netherlands, Dutch pastries and meat markets, import, boutique and chocolate shops, plus much more! Attractions: Pella Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill, Scholte House & Gardens, Rolscreen Company Museum, The Klokkenspel, Molengracht Plaza, de Zee Meeuw House, Tulip Toren, Vermeer Museum



Sioux City Sioux City CVB • Erika Newton

801 4th St • Sioux City • IA • 51101 800-593-2228 • Fax: 712-279-4900 •

Quality service to our clients is our satisfaction.

Area rooms: 2,340 Airport: Sioux Gateway Airport - 7 miles Major meeting facilities: Sioux City Convention Center, Tyson Events Center, Orpheum Theatre, Clarion Hotel

The Sioux City Convention Center understands today’s demand for quality service and knows how to deliver that quality. Our catering service is rated the best in the business. Our experienced professional staff is trained to assist you in every area including audiovisual, decorating and event planning. Our package pricing makes holding your event with us convenient and affordable. Let us help you plan your next event and show you our commitment to making it a complete success. Attractions: Trinity Heights, Argosy Casino, Art Center, Orpheum Theatre, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center


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Spencer Clay County Regional Events Center • Scott Hallgren

800 W 18th St • Spencer • IA • 51301 712-580-3000 • Fax: 712-580-3003 •

Delivering Outstanding Experiences

Meeting space sq. ft.: 32,286 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 1,000+ Golf course nearby: Yes

Outstanding experiences in a small town location? That’s what we do best. Full-service facilities, smalltown personalities and conveniently located at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa. Need a location near the Iowa Great Lakes? Only 15 miles south of Lake Okoboji, Iowa’s greatest tourist attraction, makes the Clay County Regional Events Center a perfect place for your event. Our venue includes a 7,600 sq. ft. grand ballroom and a 24,000 sq. ft. arena/exhibit hall.


Attractions: Art studios, antique shops, golf courses, parks, bike trails, camping, outdoor recreation


Storm Lake

NOW OPEN A first-class meeting venue. King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort • Katie Schwint

1520 E Lakeshore Dr • PO Box 665 Storm Lake • IA • 50588 712-213-4500 • Fax: 712-213-4400 •

Rooms/suites: 100 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,034 Meeting rooms: 6 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,751 Reception capacity: 250 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Breathe new life into your meeting or retreat! Experience the rush of ideas that can only happen along the shores of Storm Lake. Delightful service, beautiful views and distinguished accommodations are yours at King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort. The northwest Iowa resort offers: •Flexible meeting space for up to 250 people •Tailored catering menus •Hassle-free technology •Executive boardrooms •Wireless and wired internet access throughout the resort •100 distinguished guestrooms and suites - 58 with lake views •Lakeside dining at the Regatta Grille restaurant •Nearby golf course, bike trail and lake activities •Four seasons of fun at our indoor/outdoor waterpark Consider bringing the whole family to enjoy a relaxing lakefront getaway. Experience 3,200 acres of boating, jet-skiing, sailing, fishing and swimming all just steps from your hotel room. And with our incredible indoor/outdoor waterpark, there’s excitement rain or shine! Never underestimate the value of a first-class meeting venue. Let us help you get started today.





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With so many great meeting destinations and facilities, you may not think you’re in Kansas anymore. Kansas offers some of the finest places to hold your next meeting or event, no matter how large or small. Our location is right in the center of the country, which means easy access for everyone attending your meeting. Our communities vary in size from large metropolitan cities to historic small towns. And the hardworking, friendly people of Kansas will make you feel right at home. We’ve got plenty of affordable accommodations, convention facilities and some great sites to see, if you have the time. To learn more about hosting your next meeting in Kansas, simply visit our website at Check out our individual city information, our online press kit, our photo gallery… and more. You can also submit your RFPs online. Discover all that Kansas has to offer for your next meeting, convention, conference or reunion. Linda Briden 1275 SW Topeka Blvd • Topeka • KS • 66612-1852 785-234-1030


Hays Hays CVB • Janet Kuhn

2700 Vine St • Hays • KS • 67601 800-569-4505 • Fax: 785-628-1471 •

Small Town Charm - Big Time Fun!

Area rooms: 1,112 Airport: Hays Regional - 2 miles/Wichita Mid-Continent - 2.5 hours Major meeting facilities: Ellis County Fairgrounds, Fort Hays State University, Fox Pavilion, Hadley Center, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Convention Center

Would you like your convention delegates to praise you for the biggest, best-ever convention? Then choose Hays! We offer state-of-the-art, high-tech meeting facilities for your group. Our convenient location on I-70 with easy access to banquet, convention and lodging facilities makes it simple for conventioneers to meet in Hays. Our historic Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays has several art galleries, many “experience” shops, quaint diners and eateries, a microbrewery and a wide array of meeting facilities. Hays CVB offers many free services tailored to fit your organization. Look your best in Hays! Attractions: Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays, Ellis County Historical Society Museum, Historic Fort Hays, Sternberg Museum of Natural History



Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas-Wyandotte County - The DOT’s Got It! Kansas City, Kansas-Wyandotte County CVB

727 Minnesota Ave • PO Box 171517 Kansas City • KS • 66117 913-321-5800 • Fax: 913-371-3732 •

Area rooms: 1,606 Nearest airport: Kansas City International (MCI) - 17.29 miles Major meeting facilities: Reardon Convention Center Attractions: Kansas Speedway, The Legends at Village West, Cabela’s Nebraska, Furniture Mart, Agricultural Hall of Fame, Great Wolf Lodge - KC’s Premier Indoor Waterpark, Moon Marble Company


Whether you’re planning a convention, major business meeting, or just need some event space… The DOT’s Got It! Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County are located on the banks where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. In the DOT you’ll find unique convention and meeting facilities mixed with a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions. Our Jack Reardon Convention Center, conveniently linked to the Hilton Garden Inn, offers a restaurant on site to compliment the 147 guest rooms for your use. No matter the size, the DOT will accommodate your event. With our newly built hotels and unique function space, you can be assured of a successful event. Kansas Speedway, The Great Wolf Lodge, Cabela’s, The National Agricultural Hall of Fame and The Legends of Village West are only a select few of the DOT’s sites waiting to welcome your next event. Many national and local restaurants are located in Kansas City, Kansas for your dining experiences. From Bar-B-Q to steaks, we have something for everyone! The Kansas City, Kansas-Wyandotte County Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to assist you in making your event a memorable one. Make plans now to visit us soon for your next event.

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Meet in Manhattan, The Little Apple®! Manhattan Kansas CVB • Summer Dierks

501 Poyntz Ave • Manhattan • KS • 66502 800-759-0134 • Fax: 785-776-0679 •

Major meeting facilities: Major meeting facilities: Kansas State University, K-State Alumni Center, K-State Student Union, Clarion Hotel, Holiday Inn at the Campus, Houston Street Ballroom, Wareham Opera House, Union Pacific Train Depot Attractions: Konza Prairie, Aggieville (Kansas’ oldest shopping district), Manhattan Town Center Mall, The Beach Museum Of Art, Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery, K-State Gardens, K-State Cancer Research Center, K-State Flour Mill, Sunset Zoo Big XII athletics

Manhattan Kansas offers ideal meeting space for you. Located in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas, you will find “The Little Apple®” perfect for your organization’s needs. Let the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau assist you in planning for a conference of 15 to a convention of 1,000! The professional staff of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau will assist you as you determine function space, transportation to and from your meeting site, lodging and accessibility to area attractions and events. Manhattan offers traditional meeting space in hotel properties, as well as unique meetings venues, outdoor facilities, community buildings, even private rooms in restaurants. We offer 885 hotel rooms, bed and breakfast inns and retreat centers, all or which offer an array of amenities and rates.

McPherson McPherson CVB • Judy Casey

PO Box 616 • McPherson • KS • 67460 800-324-8022 • Fax: 620-241-8708 •

When it Matters… Meet in McPherson, KS

Area rooms: 425 Airport: Salina, KS - approximately 30 miles Meeting facilities: 2 convention centers, Best Western Holiday Manor and Red Coach/Perkins Convention Center

McPherson offers complete convention, reunion, retreat and meeting facilities. For a town with a population of 14,000 people, McPherson has two large convention facilities. Each center can accommodate groups from ten to 400 people with over 425 motel rooms in town. The Best Western Holiday Manor and the Red Coach/Perkins convention centers are easily accessible off I-135 in central Kansas. Whether your group is small or large, the staff’s attention to detail and their dependability ensure your event goes smoothly. The McPherson CVB welcomes the opportunity to make your job easier by assisting your organization in providing an ideal meeting place. Attractions: Museum Opera House, Antique Auto Restoration Program, model train layout, unique shopping

Olathe Olathe C of C/CVB • Lindy Gibbs

18001 W 106th St, Ste 160 • Olathe • KS • 66061 913-764-1050 • Fax: 913-782-4636 •

All of Kansas City at our Doorstep

Area rooms: 793 Airport: Kansas City International - 35 miles Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn Ballroom, Ball Conference Center

Over 40 meeting facilities with capacity from two to 500 and settings as common as a hotel conference center and unique as nature centers, golf courses and park settings. While in Olathe, shop the 140 stores in the Great Mall of the Great Plains or the new Bass Pro Shops! Experience pioneer trail life at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm or the Historic Lone Elm Park Campsite or experience deaf culture at the William Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture. Online hotel reservations at Attractions: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, Deaf Culture Center and Bass Pro Shops



Area rooms: 885


Right place. Right reason. Right now. Visit Salina • Jo Ann McClure

120 W Ash St • Salina • KS • 67401 785-827-9301 • Fax: 785-827-1081 •

Area rooms: 2,000 Nearest airport: Salina Municipal, Wichita Mid Continent - 87 miles


Meeting facilities: Salina Bicentennial Center, Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Rolling Hills Conference Center Attractions: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Smoky Hill Winery, Stiefel Theatre, Smoky Hill Bison Company

Salina is the meeting planner’s choice for service, affordability and convenience. When considering Salina, meeting planners have agreed that service and attention to detail make their planning much easier. Convention delegates are extremely pleased with the affordability of Salina hotels, meals, shopping and entertainment. Salina is located at the interstate highways I70 and I-135, making Salina a very convenient travel location. Looking for variety? Salina hosts a creative number of venues for meetings, outings and entertainment. The Salina Bicentennial Center hosts groups from ten to arena seating for 8,000 with breakouts and exhibit space, along with numerous hotel convention facilities. Local attractions and events can provide entertainment at museums, theaters, festivals, art center and cinema, specialty shops and dining in our historic downtown district. Perhaps a farm and ranch experience could include for delegates a bison farm, working ranch, vineyard and winery tours. Visit Salina specializes in customized convention and meeting service packages. Call today for a memorable, customized event for your delegates or visit our website at


Topeka… Kansas Begins Here. Visit Topeka Inc. • Linda Briden

1275 SW Topeka Blvd • Topeka • KS • 66612-1852 800-235-1030 • Fax: 785-234-8282 •

Area rooms: 3,000 Major meeting facilities: Kansas Expocentre, Maner Conference Center & Capitol Plaza Hotel, Ramada Hotel and Holiday Inn Attractions: 20 first-class attractions 12 art galleries 5 performing arts facilities Established annual events Delectable dining Unique shopping


Your meeting belongs in America’s heartland. Come explore the capital city where Kansas Begins and experience why your meeting belongs in Topeka. Unbeatable value and convenient location are among the many things that bring meetings to the Midwest; however, it’s the exceptional service and friendly people that bring events back to Topeka. Located in the “heart of America” at the junction of two major interstates, Topeka is easily accessible from any part of the country. The capital city of Kansas is home to the Kansas Expocentre, the region’s premier convention complex, which boasts 110,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and 2,500 free parking spaces. Conveniently connected to the Expocentre is the Capitol Plaza Hotel, which features 224 hotel rooms and exceptional catering services. Ramada and the Holiday Inn Holidome offer exceptional convention facilities as well. During your visit to Topeka, your delegates can enjoy first-class attractions, museums and art galleries, five major performing arts facilities, specialty and antique shopping and deliciously diverse cuisine. So whether it’s hospitality, value, accessibility, premier meeting facilities or offsite entertainment, Topeka… Kansas Begins Here.

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We’ll Win You Over! Prairie Band Casino & Resort • Dawn Pence

Rooms/suites: 297 Reception capacity: 900 Meeting space sq. ft.: 12,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 12,000 Meeting rooms: 7 Onsite restaurants: 3

We’ll win you over with our affordable meeting space, friendly banquet staff and delicious food options at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. Located just 15 minutes north of Topeka off Highway 75, Prairie Band Casino & Resort is here to contribute to your success. Our 12,000 sq. ft. Great Lakes Ballroom is a very popular location for meetings, seminars, conventions, banquets, weddings and receptions. Housed within the Great Lakes Ballroom are the Council Bluff, Chicago, Green Bay and Prairie du Chien rooms that offer a combined space of 4,000 sq. ft. or 1,000 sq. ft. each. The Sturgeon Bay and St. Lawrence rooms yield 8,000 sq. ft. combined or 4,000 separately. For the convenience of a small meeting, the Algonquin Boardroom bears a uniquely shaped trapezoid board table, teleconferencing capabilities and luxurious soft leather executive chairs seating up to 16 people. Prairie Band Casino & Resort offers full-service catering. Our Executive Chef will create a personalized menu for your function, or you can order dinners, buffets, lunches and breakfasts for any formal or casual function from our extensive banquet menu. For more information about how Prairie Band Casino & Resort can help you host a successful business meeting, contact our sales team at 1-866-966-7822. Must be at least 21 years of age or older to gamble. Owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. When It’s No Longer a Game, call the confidential toll-free Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-866-662-3800.


Find Yourself in Wichita Greater Wichita CVB • Maureen Hofrenning, Vice President Sales, Service & Strategic Planning

100 S Main, Ste 100 • Wichita • KS • 67202 316-265-2800 • 800-288-9424 • Fax: 316-265-0162 •

Area hotel rooms: 7,000 Entertainment nearby: Old Town Red-Brick Entertainment District Five distinct shopping/ dining districts Museums on the River District Meeting facilities: Century II Convention Center Kansas Coliseum Area hotels Sedgwick County Arena opening 2010

Imagine your next meeting in a city that is remarkably affordable, centrally located and has 225 days of sunshine. Downtown Wichita has six properties within the core area close to the Century II Convention Center, which boasts more than 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibition and meeting space with catering capabilities for up to 3,500 people. In addition, Century II connects to the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Combined, they have 28 meeting rooms and ballrooms. If you are looking for a unique and out-of-the-ordinary meeting space… how about meeting among wild animals, in an authentic Old West setting, or at a newly renovated cathedral church? Wichita has a wide array of unique meeting spaces to give you an amazing meeting experience! Let us help you put together an amazing meeting experience. Fun Facts: • Easiest commute in the U.S. - 16-minute average • Most affordable city in the Midwest • 36 Museums • 24 Attractions • 20 Live Theaters • 32 Golf Courses • 1,000+ Restaurants • 7,000+ Hotel Rooms Affiliations: • ASAE • RCMA • CMCA • HSMAI • SGMP • DMAI • FEA • TRN



12305 150th Rd • Mayetta • KS • 66509 866-966-7822 • Fax: 785-966-7640 •

Tourism Kentucky Department of Tourism 866-652-TRIP

Breathtaking Views… No Extra Charge Superior hotels, fabulous restaurants, rockin’ entertainment districts and oh yes, world-class meeting facilities… Kentucky has all the makings of a great meeting place, plus a central location within a day’s drive of two-thirds of America’s population, so getting here is easy, too. In Kentucky, you’ll not only find national-caliber meeting facilities, but equally impressive surroundings. From picturesque meeting sites in serene surroundings to downtown conference theaters with full audiovisual capabilities, we have just the meeting space to fit your needs. With Class A exhibit space that measures hundreds of thousands of feet, our state-of-the-art convention centers have already attracted five of America’s top tradeshows. And our downtown entertainment districts and nearby outdoor beauty provide attendees plenty of things to see and do. Bring your meeting to Kentucky and discover that our unbridled spirit lasts all day… and well into the night. For more information, please contact us at 1-866-652-TRIP or visit our website at



Bowling Green Bowling Green Area CVB • Duncan Hines, Sales Manager

352 Three Springs Rd • Bowling Green • KY • 42104 800-326-7465 or 270-782-0800 • Fax: 270-842-2104 • Get Rolling to Bowling Green, KY for meeting sites that include caves, trains, museums and more!

Area rooms: 2,500 Major meeting facilities: Sloan Conv Center, Knicely Conf Center, LD Brown Agricultural Expo Center, L & N Depot, Beech Bend Park

Conveniently located off I-65 between Louisville and Nashville, Bowling Green has over 2,500 guest rooms and 300 restaurants. Convention center seating 1,700 with over 400 guest rooms within walking distance. Agricultural exposition center seating over 2,000 and fairgrounds with three indoor facilities plus an outdoor arena. Try one of our unique meeting venues including a restored train depot with railcars, the National Corvette Museum, retreats, a dairy barn, and a cave complete with covered dance floor holding 300 seated guests. Free services include registration assistance, promotional materials, welcome packages, housing assistance, publicity, VIP gifts, program planning and visitor information. Attractions: National Corvette Museum, GM Corvette Assembly Plant, Lost River Cave, Historic Railpark & Train Museum, Beech Bend Park & Raceway

Covington Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront • Diane Spurlock

Rooms/suites: 236/4 668 W 5th St • Covington • KY • 41011 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,000 Meeting rooms: 10 859-491-8600 • Fax: 859-491-8698 • Reception capacity: 650 Golf courses nearby: 2 Experience the Southern Side of Downtown Cincinnati! Onsite restaurants: 2

The ideal location for a variety of meetings and social events, the Radisson Riverfront provides flexible, well-appointed meeting and banquet space accommodating up to 500 people. With the expertise of its professional staff, meetings at the Radisson Riverfront are sure to go off without a hitch. Whether you are planning an elaborate, elegant function or a small business meeting, let our professional staff attend to all of your needs before, during and after your function. Our experienced catering staff is at your beck and call to provide your food and beverage needs with style and flair - and within your budget. Attractions: BB Riverboats, MainStrasse Village, Newport on the Levee, Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Reds


Lebanon Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission • Sales

239 N Spalding Ave, Ste 200 • Lebanon • KY • 40033-1518 270-692-0021 • Fax: 270-692-0142 •

All roads lead to Lebanon, the true Heart of Kentucky!

Area rooms: 100 local, 1,000 within 20 minutes Airport: Lebanon-Springfield Airport, 4.5 miles from downtown Major meeting facilities: Centre Square Convention Center, Lincoln Square Expo Center

With comfortable accommodations, meeting and lodging facilities right in downtown and a cozy country environment, Lebanon is the ideal location for conferences for two to 500. Tour Maker’s Mark Distillery, visit the Centre Square Arts & Culture Center or stroll along the beautiful downtown sidewalks for eclectic dining and shopping opportunities, including an art gallery/coffee shop, antique stores, knick knack shops and more, all within easy walking distance from the Convention Center. All roads lead to Lebanon, the geographic center of the state and true Heart of Kentucky. This oasis has a quaint small town atmosphere with big city amenities and it’s just minutes from larger cities for additional exploring. Come feel the beat! Attractions: Maker’s Mark Distillery, Historic Penn’s Store, self-guided tours, Lebanon National Cemetery and more


Vacation Crossroads Easily accessible, we are conveniently located along I-75, the Hal Rogers and Cumberland PKYS, and US 25E. Most motels have meeting rooms on site and larger meeting rooms and conference centers are nearby. Over 70 restaurants are in the county with a wide variety of food styles from which to choose.

Area rooms: Over 1,300 rooms available Major meeting facilities: Laurel-London Optimist Club, London Community Center, Laurel Co. Public Library, Levi Jackson State Park, Cumberland Valley District Development, KY Heritage Hill Park, Sweet Hollow Resort, and more Attractions: Laurel Lake, Levi Jackson State Park, Sanders’ Café & Museum, Daniel Boone National Forest, Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield, Daniel Boone Motocross, and the London Dragway. Golf, shopping, hiking, and historical attractions are all nearby.


Morehead Morehead Conference Center • Joy C. Brown

111 E First St • Morehead • KY • 40351 606-780-9694 • Fax: 606-780-0675 • Events are held here daily and range from the smallest meeting to a theatre production for over 1,800 guests.

Rooms/suites: 5 Meeting space sq. ft.: 12,587 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 500 Golf courses nearby: 2 Onsite restaurant: Catering provided by Lundy’s Special Events

Accommodations: Morehead and Rowan County presently have over 500 hotel rooms for visits to the area, two new hotels opening soon. All hotels are accessible through major interstate access. With over 35 restaurants to choose from that will suit the appetite of anyone in your group. Recreation and amenities: Only three miles from the hotel district, walking distance from Morehead State University, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, and downtown restaurants. The center is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest near beautiful Cave Run Lake which offers hiking trails, houseboat rides and much more. The center is a short drive to Eagle Trace Golf Course, Morehead’s premier 18-hole championship course. Meeting facilities: With more than 32,000 sq. ft. of space and five diverse function rooms, the conference center will help you create exactly the right environment. Three breakout rooms can be created to seat up to 40 in each room. The concert hall can accommodate 1,500 people. The window-lined, naturally-lit wrap-around gallery is perfect for receptions, pre-event activities, breaks between meetings, even refreshments and piano social hours. Meeting packages: Attraction packages are available for attendees who arrive early to a conference or bring along their spouse or family member. Packages to choose from include: houseboat excursion on Cave Run Lake, a round of golf at Morehead’s premier 18-hole championship course, Eagle Trace, or a cultural package which includes tours of exhibits at Morehead’s three galleries.



London-Laurel County Tourist Commission • Ken Harvey

140 Faith Assembly Church Rd • London • KY • 40741 606-878-6900 • Fax: 606-877-1689 •

Northern Michigan/Ontario

My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn® hotels of Northern Michigan/Ontario

Holiday Inn Alpena


148 rooms, 2,700 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Grand Haven-Spring Lake


120 rooms, 8,413 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Midland


235 rooms, 11,514 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor


200 rooms, 6,996 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Sarnia


217 rooms and 1,034 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - Waterfront


195 rooms, 11,552 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Traverse City


179 rooms, 5,366 sq. ft. of meeting space


Peaking The Standards for Higher Learning Shanty Creek Resorts • Jon Stultz

One Shanty Creek Rd • Bellaire • MI • 49615 800-678-4111 • Fax: 231-533-7001 • Rooms/suites: 456/160

Shanty Creek Resorts is found in Michigan’s Grand Traverse region. Known for its rolling hills and relaxing environment, Shanty Creek Resorts is a place where attendees’ minds become receptive, allowing for increased educational opportunities, strategic planning and peer-to-peer experiences. Meeting rooms: 8 Found on this resort are three separate, yet conveniently located villages. Reception capacity: 800 The Lodge at Cedar River is a state-of-the-art conference facility ready for even the most demanding event. From built-in electronic media centers to breakout Golf courses nearby: 4 rooms, equipment and lighting, it is easy to understand why organizations needing to communicate an important message come to Shanty Creek Resorts. Onsite restaurants: 6 Spectacular views and beautiful sunsets set The Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center apart from the everyday. The 9,600 sq. foot Grand Ballroom’s flexible design and additional breakout areas assure planners plenty of options to best match an event’s function space requirements. Down the slopes. Onto the fairways. Into the woods, shops and spas. Shanty Creek Resorts gives groups a memorable out-of-office experience, including golf courses by the renowned Cedar River and Arnold Palmer’s The Legend. Shanty Creek’s downhill and Nordic skiing facilities provide exciting opportunities for groups seeking winter activities as well. Other activities to consider include Silent Sports, the spa and teambuilding options. Meeting space sq. ft.: 22,000



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Benton Harbor

Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

2755 E Napier Ave, Lake Michigan Benton Harbor • MI • 49022 269-927-8625 • Fax: 269-927-6587 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 21,800 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: Seated 1,000, standing 1,500 Golf course nearby: 1 within 3 miles Onsite restaurants: A cafe on campus in another building and exclusive catering and beverage rights

The Mendel Center for Arts and Technology is located minutes from Lake Michigan on the campus of Lake Michigan College. From small meetings to special event banquets, the onsite staff is dedicated to taking your event personally. With over 21,000 sq. ft. of function space in 11 rooms, including the 14,400 sq. ft. Grand Upton Hall & 1,500-seat theater, the Mendel Center invites you to explore the premier meeting facility in southwestern Michigan. The onsite meeting planning staff can easily accommodate a variety of groups and sizes. Onsite catering is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and meeting breaks.

Benzie County

Northern Michigan Preserved Benzie County CVB • Mari Heffelfinger

PO Box 204 • Benzonia • MI • 49616 800-882-5801 • Fax: 231-882-9249 •


Area rooms: 791 Nearest airport: Traverse City - Cherry Capital Airport - 34 miles Major meeting facilities: Crystal Mountain Best Western Scenic Hill Resort Chimney Corners Resort Benzie Central Auditorium Attractions: 4-season recreation - golf, bike/hike trails, canoe, fish, ski, snowmobile, Pt. Betsie Lighthouse, soaring gliders, hang gliding and windsurfing

People are just naturally drawn to beauty. That’s the reason you’ll find meetings, reunions, weddings, and gatherings of all sorts taking place among the fragrant pines, under glorious skies, along the white sand beaches, and atop the windswept bluffs of Benzie County. If you are planning a business meeting designed to inspire new thought, broader vision and fresh energy, then let us help. • Conference space for 300 - with • Flexible - specialized packages the latest technology • Unique team building concepts • Theater seating for groups up to • Affordable - Diverse 600 Accommodations/Meetings Space • Professional banquet and catering • Meeting spaces ideal for smaller services events • High-speed internet We host some of the most memorable get-togethers ever. From small gatherings to large group meetings, Benzie County has the facilities to take care of your needs, including food, lodging and recreational choices.

Call 1-800-882-5801 or visit us online at

Brimley Bay Mills Resort & Casinos • Nadia Lussenhop

11386 W Lakeshore Dr • Brimley • MI • 49715 888-422-9645 • Fax: 906-248-2639 •

The Resort for all Seasons, for all Reasons

Rooms/suites: 138/4 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 340 Golf course onsite: Wild Bluff Onsite restaurants: 3

Bay Mills Resort & Casinos is the perfect resort for your next event, be it a team building conference, reunion, reception or a retreat for groups of ten to 300. With 5,000 sq. ft. of dividable meeting space, a 142room waterfront hotel, RV park, two casinos, poker room, five restaurants and lounges and a championship 18hole golf course, you’ll find everything that will make your groups’ events perfect. Your personal coordinator makes certain your meeting is a success from beginning to end, in this relaxing up-north setting. Come to the spectacular U.P. and see why Bay Mills Resort & Casinos is truly the resort for all seasons. Attractions: Mackinac Island - Soo Locks


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My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn® hotels of Detroit Holiday Inn hotels of Detroit 1-800-HOLIDAY


107 rooms, 925 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Ann Arbor-Near the Univ of Michigan

734-769-9800 225 rooms, 6,376 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Detroit-Troy

248-689-7500 150 rooms, 2,832 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Farmington Hills-Novi

248-477-7800 137 rooms, 3,642 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit-South)

734-283-4400 160 rooms, 9,660 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Warren

586-573-7600 127 rooms, 1,176 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Select Windsor, Ontario (Ambassador Bridge) 519-966-1200 214 rooms, 15,084 sq. ft. of meeting space


Not Business As Usual MotorCity Casino Hotel • Michelle Duffy

2901 Grand River Ave • Detroit • MI • 48201 313-237-1585 • Fax: 313-961-3312 •

Rooms/suites: 400 Meeting space sq. ft.: 67,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 11,890 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 1,700 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 4

Spacious facilities and the most advanced business support systems create the perfect place for conventions, memorable banquets and productive corporate retreats. Our facility features a dedicated meeting concierge, grand ballroom with a contiguous pre-function salon, accommodations for 20 to 2,000, four spacious meeting rooms and two well-appointed boardrooms. Our hotel offers 400 customized rooms and suites designed with you in mind. Each spacious room features imported luxury bed linens, a deluxe Pillow Library, oversized showers with separate soaking tubs, 37” inch plasma screen televisions, and iPod docking stations. To keep you productive on the go, we provide free WiFi Internet access, multi-line wireless speakerphones, and ergonomic workstations standard in every room. With over 100,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art gaming, live broadcasts from Michigan’s only Radio Bar, and the rooftop elegance of Iridescence, Detroit’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, MotorCity Casino Hotel has all the entertainment your group needs. Located near downtown Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel is close to over a dozen local points of interest, including Comerica Park, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, and the Fox Theatre.



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The only renovation left is yours. The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit • Scott Stinebaugh

1114 Washington Blvd • Detroit • MI • 48226 313-442-1600 • Fax: 313-442-1605 •

Rooms/suites: 455/35 Meeting space sq. ft.: 39,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 800 Onsite restaurants: 3


Upon completion of an extensive $180 million renovation, the historic Book Cadillac Hotel will be restored to its original splendor and become The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, reclaiming its position as Detroit’s premier lodging and social gathering destination. The hotel will also feature some of the Midwest’s most dramatic public event spaces. The hotel is conveniently located near Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center, major corporations, and the city’s most popular attractions, including the Detroit River Walk, part of the new 31-acre Tricentennial State Park. Explore the sights and sounds of downtown. Visit the Renaissance Center, Greektown, Campus Martius Park, and Hart Plaza. Or take in a game; sports arenas and ballparks are nearby. The Westin will offer 39,000 sq. ft. of sophisticated and flexible event and conference space. The historic Venetian and Crystal ballrooms and the famed Italian Garden will be fully restored. The contemporary, newly constructed 7,666 sq. ft. Woodward Ballroom will accommodate events of up to 1,000 guests. All 455 uniquely appointed guestrooms, including 35 suites, will offer sweeping views of the Detroit River or the city skyline, 42-inch LCD flat-screen television, wireless high-speed Internet access, the Heavenly® Bed, and Heavenly® Bath, Westin WakeCup®, dual-line cordless phones, refreshment center, and laptop-size safe. Refreshing and sophisticated dining options will be available throughout the hotel, including three signature restaurants, all with intimate private dining. The WestinWORKOUT® Powered by Reebok fitness center is open 24 hours a day and offers an indoor heated pool, cardio theater, resistance machines and free weights.

Grand Rapids

Legendary grandeur. Modern-day meeting amenities. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Ron Brondyke

187 Monroe Ave NW • Grand Rapids • MI • 49503 616-776-6408 • Fax: 616-776-6496 •

It’s no wonder the Amway Grand Plaza has become a premier destination for meetings and conventions in the Midwest, given our executive-level meeting accommodations, spectacular settings and state-of-the-art facilities that ensure your event’s success. Rooms/suites: 682 Meeting space sq. ft.: 47,000 Meeting rooms: 42 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf courses nearby: 10 Onsite restaurants: 8

No matter the size of your event, we have a room, or combination of rooms, to fit your agenda perfectly. Select from 42 well-appointed meeting and reception areas, including our four majestic ballrooms. Or host your event at the attached DeVos Place Convention Center with over 250,000 sq. ft. of function space. No matter where your event resides, our professional event planners, catering and audiovisual teams provide impeccable service second to none. Guests will enjoy thoughtful amenities and luxurious comfort. Including our 682 guestrooms, our hotel collection in downtown Grand Rapids can extend up to 1,100 committable rooms and suites to your group - all under one ownership and management. That means one contact person, one contract, one catering company and one simple transaction. We invite you to come see how the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel has set the standard for meetings and conventions in the Midwest.


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Grand Rapids

Big city sophistication with small-town virtues and a thriving economy make Grand Rapids your convention destination! DeVos Place • Steve Miller, Assistant GM

Meeting space sq. ft.: 234,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 162,000 Meeting rooms: 26, plus 2,404-seat DeVos Performance Hall for large groups Reception capacity: 18,000 Golf course nearby: 10 nationally recognized private golf courses designed by world renowned architects and legendary golfers along with 38 public courses in the Grand Rapids area, many just a 15-minute drive from downtown Onsite restaurants: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel provides exclusive catering and concessions for DeVos Place. There are over 60 restaurants within walking distance.

DeVos Place® is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, MI on the beautiful Grand River. Big city sophistication with small-town virtues and a thriving economy make Grand Rapids your convention destination. With a constantly changing landscape, this progressive Midwest hotspot is the engine of Michigan’s new economy! DeVos Place offers flexible space for meetings, conventions and trade shows as well as performing arts and touring events, and has the capability of hosting a variety of events simultaneously. The convention center features a 162,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, 40,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 26 sub-dividable meeting rooms with over 32,000 sq. ft. of space, a 2,404-seat performing arts theater that is home to four performing arts groups, accessible and spacious loading docks and on-site parking. DeVos Place opened in December 2003 in the center of Grand Rapids’ vibrant downtown entertainment district. Over 60 restaurants and nightclubs, four museums and the 12,000-seat Van Andel Arena® are just a short stroll away. Downtown Grand Rapids features world-class hotels, including the Four Star Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, home to Michigan’s only Five Diamond restaurant, and the Midwest’s only JW Marriott. All told, over 1,400 rooms are within walking distance, with over 1,200 of them accessible by skywalk. Grand Rapids combines big city attractions with friendly people, safe streets, minimal traffic and good old-fashioned Midwest values. Come experience our remarkable city!

Grand Rapids

Plan for meetings. And success. JW Marriott Grand Rapids • Michael Lyman

235 Louis St NW • Grand Rapids • MI • 49503 616-242-1401 • Fax: 616-242-1595 •

At the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, we believe that surpassing expectations is always much more rewarding than simply meeting them. For that reason, we’ve outfitted the JW with the finest in atypical business amenities and personalized event services. Rooms/suites: 340 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 1,400 Golf courses nearby: 10 Onsite restaurant: 1

Whether you’re holding a shareholder’s meeting or are hosting your annual review party, the JW has 20,000 sq. ft. of versatile space perfect for executivelevel business events. From trend-setting technology to flawless couture catering to the stunning décor, the JW’s onsite event planner will tend to every detail. In addition, each of our 340 rooms and suites are exceptional retreats designed to reward the senses and comfort the spirit. Outfitted with dozens of thoughtful details, like luxurious bed linens, a Steelcase Leap 2® chair, and commissioned photography of Grand Rapid’s Sister Cities, the JW’s thought of everything and has left nothing to chance. Ultimately, at the JW we strive to provide all who walk through our doors, whether they’re guests for a few days or a few hours, an unforgettable experience. After all, it’s not only your business we’re committed to. It’s your success.



303 Monroe Ave NW • Grand Rapids • MI • 49503-2233 616-742-6500 • Fax: 616-742-6590 •

Kalamazoo Specialty properties abound in historic Kalamazoo County. These venues include scenic conference and golf resorts, the famous Kellogg Manor and Brook Lodge, former homes of W.K. Kellogg and Dr. William Upjohn respectively, as well as impressive facilities on the Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College campuses.

Kalamazoo County CVB • Mary Ridderman

141 E Michigan Ave, Ste 100 • Kalamazoo • MI • 49007 269-488-9000 • Fax: 269-488-0050


Area hotel rooms: More than 3,000 Nearest airport: The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport is located just minutes from downtown and a short 30minute flight from Detroit or Chicago Entertainment/attractions nearby: Air Zoo and Michigan Space Science Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Gilmore Car Museum, golf, wineries, breweries, theatre, professional sports, annual festivals and events Meeting facilities: The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites offers 44,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 22 conference and banquet rooms. The Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground features 37,000 sq. ft. of multifunctional event space and many other facilities options are available

Kalamazoo County CVB. Discover Kalamazoo. Easy to Get To, Hard to Leave. Welcome to the land of rolling wooded hills, sparkling clear lakes, stellar education and stunning entertainment. With a diverse and rich community culture, Kalamazoo is an ideal destination for events offering facilities, lodging, recreation, dining and shopping for every preference and budget. We invite you to Discover Kalamazoo. With more than 3,000 hotel rooms - ranging from an intimate bed and breakfast inn to a Four Diamond, world-class convention hotel - this scenic yearround community offers a renovated, vibrant Art Deco downtown, historical neighborhoods, outstanding museums and theaters, 22 golf courses, three ski resorts, four wineries and 83 lakes with public access. Our entire hospitality community will work together to ensure your event is a tremendous success. Look through our website to learn more about how accessible and affordable Kalamazoo can be. Our genuine Midwestern hospitality and meeting know-how will provide a warm welcome for you, your attendees and their guests. Above all, keep in mind the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide the services you need for a successful event. Give us a call for more information at 800-888-0509.


Greater Lansing Come Together

Greater Lansing CVB • Shari Berger, CHSP, Vice-President, Sales 1223 Turner St, Ste 200 • Lansing • MI • 48906 888-325-4711 • Fax: 517-487-5151 •

Airport: Capital City Airport - 4.5 miles from downtown Area rooms: 4,300 Major meeting facilitie: The Lansing Center, The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, The Breslin Stu­ dent Events Center (MSU), The Capital Centre, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center Attractions: State Capitol Building, Michigan State University, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, Michigan Historical Museum, Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, The Art Museum (MSU), Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, TurnerDodge House, Oldsmobile Park (home of the Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball team), Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (MSU)


Any way you look at it, Lansing is a great place for a meeting. Centrally located in the heart of the Great Lakes region, with numerous direct flights to and from major airports, Lansing is easy to get to from almost anywhere. It makes an ideal location for corporate meetings, conventions, tradeshows and sporting events, with a variety of facilities that can accommodate groups of any size. From the quaint setting of a traditional English Inn to a world-class golf and conference facility on the Michigan State University campus, we can find the perfect venue to meet your requirements.

To learn more about Greater Lansing, visit us online or call one of our Team Lansing professionals to discuss your upcoming event. Midwest Meetings Guide Book 2008

Mackinac Island

Thinking Big Picture on a Picturesque Island Mission Point Resort • Event Planning Specialist

Rooms/suites: 242 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Meeting rooms: 16 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,700 Reception capacity: 600 Onsite restaurants: 4 Golf course onsite: Executive Putting Green Health Club: Newly remodeled with state-ofthe-art Cybex equipment, therapeutic massage, salon Tower Museum: Eight stories of historical exhibits and awesome views

Whether you’re arranging an intimate business meeting or a large-scale corporate seminar or retreat, Mission Point offers the means to pull it all together into a seamless and memorable presentation. When it’s time to work… • Newly renovated conference center • Flexible meeting space for 10-1,000 guests • State-of-the-art audio, video and presentation technologies • Wireless Internet • Teleconferencing • Individual power sources at each place setting When it’s time to play… • Large grassy lawn and waterfront • Lawn sports complex • Bicycle rentals • Heated outdoor pool and hot tubs • Tennis and basketball courts • Classic movie theater • 18-hole championship putting course We invite you to come to our delightful corner of Mackinac Island for your next business gathering. Come to work, play, dine and relax at Mackinac Island’s finest meetings and conferences resort. Whether you’re arranging an intimate business meeting or a largescale corporate seminar or retreat, Mission Point offers the means to pull it all together into a seamless and memorable presentation.


Get Rollin’ to the River and Book Your Next Event! Little River Casino Resort • Jason Cross

Corner of US 31 & M-22 • Manistee • MI • 49660 1-866-466-7338 Ext 3817 • Fax: 231-723-4440 •

Don’t just plan an event. Plan a winning event!

Our Three Fires Conference Center can accommodate any group up to 900, with several configurations to suit your meeting size and style. We offer top of the line business technology and communication tools. Rooms/suites: 270/22 Event center capacity: 1,700 Meeting space sq. ft.: 23,000 and 4 boardrooms Casino: Over 1,300 slot machines and 28 table games Onsite restaurants: 3

Little River Casino Resort – More Fun Than Ever!

Little River Casino Resort features over 1,300 of the hottest slot machines, 28 exciting table games and an exhilarating six-table poker room. The Northern-style Lodge Hotel has 270 guest rooms, two mini-suites and 20 luxurious master suites. Hotel guests can pamper themselves in the Jacuzzi or sauna and then cool down with a refreshing dip in our indoor swimming pool. We have three great restaurants on site. For a quick bite, guests can visit The Rapids delicatessen. The Willows offers great family dining options. Experience Gourmet Chic at the Heron. Check our website for information on superstar concerts, tradeshows or other exciting events scheduled in our NEW Event Center.

Manistee is perfect for outdoor activities!

Outdoor fun is plentiful year round with many seasonal activities including golfing, hiking, swimming, sailing, hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, and sledding just to name a few.



One Lakeshore Dr • Mackinac Island • MI • 49757 800-833-5583 •

Midland Midland County CVB • Jim Peckrul

300 Rodd St • Midland • MI • 48640 888-464-3526 • 989-835-3701 •

Come. Stay. Explore Your Options.

Area rooms: 950 Airport: MBS (Saginaw) - 8 miles Meeting facilities: Valley Plaza Resort, Holiday Inn, Ashman Court/Marriott Conference Center

Midland, Michigan is conveniently located in the middle of Michigan’s lower peninsula. MBS International Airport is only eight miles from Midland with complimentary transportation to most Midland hotels. Midland offers over 950 guest rooms for our visitors and group meeting participants. Hotel group meeting and function space is available for groups from two to 1,200 for meetings and up to 800 for sit-down banquet functions. Additional Midland venues offer space for a variety of meeting and banquets. Midland’s restaurants offer everything from fast food to fine dining. Numerous activities are available including golf, sightseeing, arts, cultural events, historical sites, festivals and the list goes on.



Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant WOW! Mount Pleasant Area CVB • Chris Rowley

114 E Broadway St • Mount Pleasant • MI • 48858 800-772-4433 • Fax: 989-772-2909

Area rooms: 761 Airport: MBS Airport - 50 miles Meeting facilities: Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center and Riverwood Resort Major area attractions: Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Dinner Train, Golf, Horse Racing, Casino, Theatre, Shopping, Canoeing, Entertainment, Dining


Michigan’s center of the action! We have it all in a great central location for your next meeting. • Variety of area meeting space types for you to choose from, including conference hotels, golf courses and other unique meeting facilities • Conference hotel meeting space for up to 600 attendees • Golf course meeting space for up to 300 • Unique meeting facilities that can seat 750 indoors and up to 33,000 outdoors in theater-style seating Great additions for your attendees to enjoy including: • 15 golf courses • Horse racing • Shopping • Casino gaming • Theatre • Dinner train • Canoeing • Entertainment

Call today and we can provide meeting planner’s packets and assistance with requests for proposals.

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Your Adventure Destination! Muskegon County CVB • Sam Wendling

610 W Western Ave • Muskegon • MI • 49440 800-250-9283 • Fax: 231-724-1398 •

Area rooms: 2,000 Airport: Muskegon County Airport - 5 minutes Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, LC Walker Arena, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts Attractions: HackleyHume Historic Site, Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, Michigan’s Adventure, LST-393 and the Milwaukee Clipper

On the shore of Lake Michigan, Muskegon offers the perfect setting for your conference or meeting. Experience 26 fine restaurants and shops, professional hockey, and the only amusement/water park in the state. Muskegon provides a wide range of diverse activities. Our Winter Sports Complex provides only one of four luge tracks in the country, as well as cross country skiing and other winter activities. Michigan’s Adventure, an amusement park and water park for the price of one, features over 50 rides, including the Shivering Timbers roller coaster. Historic sites include the Hackley & Hume Site, the County Musuem, and the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum. Our festivals are also not to be missed, such as our 11-day music festival, Summer Celebration, the Irish Music Festival, and our newest addition to the line-up, Muskegon Bike Time. Easy access is also a plus - just a three-hour drive from Chicago. Or, take the Lake Express high-speed ferry service from Milwaukee to Muskegon in less than two and a half hours. Several major meeting facilities can host groups as small as 100 up to 5,000 people with over 2,000 overnight rooms available.



Landmark dining, lodging and waterfront views. Stafford’s Bay View Inn Angela Whitener, Sales Manager

2011 Woodland • Petoskey • MI • 49770 231-348-6017 • Fax: 231-348-6016 •

Max. reception capacity: Indoor capacity: 220 Outdoor capacity: 100 Rooms/suites: 31 Golf courses nearby: Yes Meeting rooms: 5 Onsite restaurant: 1

With gorgeous bay views, historic accommodations, gourmet cuisine and unsurpassed service, Stafford’s Bay View Inn offers a premier northern Michigan destination for discriminating corporate event planners. Buy out the Inn and guarantee a fabulous, exclusive event for your group. Our flagship property, Stafford’s Bay View Inn, offers guests the grace and romance of a bygone era, set against the exquisite views of Little Traverse Bay. This charming country inn was built in 1886 and has enchanted visitors for over 120 years. Some of Northern Michigan’s finest dining can be experienced in our Roselawn Dining Room. Guests of the Bay View Inn can retire to their rooms in uncommon tranquility. Victorian-style décor and furnishings with no telephone and no television add to the historic charm. However, guests are never far from modern day amenities like concierge services, complimentary wireless Internet, business center, inroom CD players and complete audio/visual rentals.

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19th century ambience. 21st century amenities. Stafford’s Perry Hotel Angela Whitener, Sales Manager

100 Lewis St • Petoskey • MI • 49770 231-348-6017 • Fax: 231-348-6016 •

Max. reception capacity: Indoor capacity: 220 Outdoor capacity: 220 Rooms/suites: 79 Golf course nearby: Yes Meeting rooms: 6 Onsite restaurants: 3


The Perry Hotel, with its convenient location at the heart of Petoskey’s downtown Gaslight district, delivers a seamless and memorable corporate event atmosphere immersed in historic charm. Established in 1899 as one of some 20 original luxury resort hotels, Stafford’s Perry Hotel is the only one still operating today. Experience the grandeur and elegance of a by-gone era without leaving modern day conveniences behind. Perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the Perry Hotel stands as a proud symbol of the early 1900s when northern Michigan tourism was in its infancy. Petoskey’s historic downtown Gaslight District grew up around the Perry Hotel and features premier shopping and dining opportunities. The Perry Hotel boasts 79 individually appointed guest rooms, many with private balconies overlooking the crystal clear waters of Little Traverse Bay. Within the Perry Hotel are three distinct dining choices. The famed H.O. Rose Dining Room, elegant and sophisticated, but reasonably priced; the Rose Garden Veranda, outdoors, lush foliage, open-air dining; and the Noggin Room Pub, casual, roll-up-your-sleeves bar and grill. Guests of the Perry Hotel enjoy concierge and business center services, complimentary wireless Internet service, complete audio/visual rental selections, on-site food and beverage services, and of course, those famous million dollar sunsets.

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Groups, corporate and family meetings and events western style! Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort • Jason Ryan, CHSP 5900 S Water Rd • Rothbury • MI • 49452 231-894-3910 • Fax: 231-894-3942 •

Rooms/suites: 203 Meeting space sq. ft.: 18,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 500 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,500 Golf courses nearby: Onsite Onsite restaurants: 3

The Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort located just north of Muskegon in Rothbury, Michigan recently completed phase one of their expansion project. It includes the addition of the Thoroughbred Suites, 60,000 sq. ft. Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark, additional meeting space, an Italian family restaurant and retail offerings. Double JJ is Western Michigan’s only four-season, full service resort and offers activities, amenities, and accommodations ideal for outings and corporate meetings. They now have 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and over 2,000 acres of outdoor activities and entertainment. With more than 200 guest rooms ranging from the Loft Hotel to the new, luxury, one-, two- and three- bedroom Thoroughbred Suites, they can accommodate any group request. Three outstanding restaurants and numerous snack and beverage outlets provide ample places to kick back for a tasty meal. In addition to the Indoor Waterpark, Double JJ is also home to Thoroughbred Golf Club, an 18-hole championship Arthur Hills designed course, which was recently named one of the top 100 women-friendly courses in America by Golf for Women. Twenty-seven miles of scenic horseback trails and authentic cattle drives add to the experience at this one-of-a-kind resort. Many other activities can be found all year long at Double JJ. Where else can you experience a stunt show, watch a rodeo, or go dog sledding and cross country skiing in the winter? 2007 marked the 70th Anniversary of the Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort. In 1988 it was purchased by its current owners and has been changing ever since.



HORIZONS Conference Center 6200 State St • Saginaw • MI • 48603 989-799-4122 • Fax: 989-799-4188 Dining: 1,000+ Reception capacity 1,000+ Private dining capacity 1,000+ Reception with dining

HORIZONS is the proud recipient of Best On Site Caterer award. Our chefs create magnificent menus which have contributed to making this the premier Mid-Michigan conference center. Professional planners, on-site floral staff and A/V technicians guarantee a trouble-free event. Our beautiful facilities make conferences a pleasure to attend. Shuttle service and overnight accommodations are available at our newly remodeled, corporately owned Ramada Inn & Suites.

Meeting space: 8 Function rooms 20,000 (sq. ft.) Largest function room 1,000+ Meeting capacity 1,000+ Meeting with dining capacity On premises F&B service On premises liquor


On premises A/V technicians


Saugatuck Laketown Golf & Conference Center

6069 Blue Star Hwy • Saugatuck • MI • 49453 269-857-5730 • Fax: 269-857-5734 •

The Lakeshore’s Premier Location for Meetings and Events

Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,000 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 500 Golf courses nearby: 4

Located just two hours from Chicago, 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and ten minutes from downtown Holland, you’ll find that Laketown meets the needs of every detail for your event. Ideal for conferences or business meetings, weddings and receptions, small or large, Laketown accommodates guests in a one-of-a-kind, breathtaking environment. This Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate any groups from ten to 500 people, with a variety of rooms to choose from. The grandeur of the awardwinning structure is enhanced by the panoramic view through its wall of glass overlooking fairways, greens and ponds. Enhancing the expansive ceilings of the Rotunda, tropical trees laced with white lights along with a trickling waterfall complete the ambience of this magnificent facility. Multi-level hardwood floors integrate dining and a staging/presentation area all in a natural setting. In addition, a three-tiered patio provides guests with a tranquil setting for cocktail hour or just catching a breath of fresh air during a meeting break. Wireless connections are available in every room, as well as any type of equipment needed can be arranged to make your event an ease to plan.


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Holiday Inn Southgate Holiday Inn Southgate

17201 Northline Rd • Southgate • MI • 48195 734-283-4400 Ext 7450 • Fax: 734-283-6855

Rooms/suites: 160 Reception capacity: 650 Meeting space sq. ft.: 9,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,580 Golf nearby: Yes


Onsite restaurant: 1

As one of the area’s most renowned meeting and business destinations, the Holiday Inn Southgate stands at the forefront of the Downriver Hotel Scene with 9,000 sq. ft. of flexible, individually decorated meeting and banquet rooms. With decades of experience hosting exquisite dinners, corporate meetings and lavish weddings, the Holiday Inn Southgate has achieved an incomparable reputation for gracious hospitality and exacting service standards. Heads of corporations, professional meeting planners, leaders of industry have all come to rely on the Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conference Center’s legendary service and style for corporate events that surpass the most challenging expectations. Culinary brilliance, exemplary staff, and the desire for providing excellent service are hallmarks of a corporate event held in our hotel. While we are known as a leader for corporate meetings, we are also a spectacular setting for weddings and other private social gatherings. Even the smallest dinner party takes on the panache and sophistication of a glittering society ball when held at the hotel. Weddings, anniversaries and other milestone events become memories of a lifetime.

University Center

“The Premier Choice” Saginaw Valley State University • Kristen Willert

7400 Bay Rd • University Center • MI • 48710 989-964-4162 • Fax: 989-964-7487 •

• 800-seat conference center • 525-seat performing arts center • 275-seat recital hall • 250-seat auditorium • Break-out rooms • State-of-the-art telecommunications capabilities • Video-conferencing • Professional catering services • Full conference center business services • Day Meeting Packages

The Conference and Events Center facilities are modern, versatile and easily accessible. Just three miles south of the I-75 and M-84 interchange, SVSU is only minutes from Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland. We are located within eight miles of MBS International Airport. Driving onto the scenic and beautiful campus offers the important first impression that sets the tone for your event or function. Parking is ample and free. Function space includes meeting break-out rooms, general session auditoriums and teleconferencing capabilities that let you participate in presentations from around the world, computer training labs, exhibition space in the Ryder Center and well-appointed banquet and reception rooms. Our event planners and services staff are available to ensure that every detail of your important event is tended to in a timely and professional manner.

Let us show you how we can be “The Premier Choice” for your next event.



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Bemidji VisitBemidji • Gayle Quistgard

PO Box 66 • Bemidji • MN • 56619 800-458-2223 • Fax: 218-759-0810 •

First City on the Mississippi

Area rooms: 475 Airport: Bemidji - 1 mile Meeting facilities: Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Conference Center

Bemidji, the “First City on the Mississippi,” is closer than you think. State-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Minnesota’s North Woods offer peaceful surroundings to regional and state meetings. Located at intersection of US Hwy 2 and 71, plus a regional airport, provide easy access for attendees statewide. The boardroom and meeting rooms at the new Hampton Inn, on the shore of Lake Bemidji, boast exceptional views of the lake. Recently upgraded, the Holiday Inn Express & Conference Center can accommodate up to 150 attendees. VisitBemidji will coordinate recreational and entertainment opportunities for attendees and/or spouses. Area attractions: Itasca State Park and Headwaters of the Mississippi River, 400 fishing lakes within 25-mile radius, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, art galleries, museum and science center and golf



We’ve Got To Start Meeting This Way. Bloomington CVB

7900 International Dr, Ste 990 Bloomington • MN • 55425 866-435-7425 • Fax: 952-858-8854 • Area rooms: 7,800 Meeting facilities: Bloomington’s 37 hotels, Mall of America, Pierce M. Grieve Conf Center at MSP Airport, The Park of MOATM, Underwater Adventures® Aquarium Attractions: American Swedish Institute, Bloomington Center for the Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Fort Snelling, Mall of America®, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel, Normandale Japanese Gardens, Science Museum of Minnesota, The Park at MOATM, Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, Water Park of America

With meeting space for groups from ten to 2,000 and more hotels than Minneapolis or St. Paul, Bloomington is the place to meet and stay in the Twin Cities. Just minutes from the International Airport, Bloomington offers over 7,800 rooms at 37 fine hotels. Saint Paul RiverCentre is a short distance away, as is the larger Minneapolis Convention Center. The new light rail transit system quickly connects Bloomington visitors to the MSP International Airport and downtown Minneapolis. In Bloomington itself, convention-goers will find plenty of entertainment, dining, shopping and attractions, including the world-renowned Mall of America®. Free parking and free mall and airport shuttles make Bloomington an even easier choice for meeting. Planning is easy, too. Just one call to our Direct Connect® Hotline at 866-435-7425 saves time and hassles when planning meetings, conventions and group tours. This convenient, free service can now be accessed online. Just log on to and visit the Meeting and Group Planners page to submit your RFP.

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Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport • Jillian Kirchberg 1321 E 78th St • Bloomington • MN • 55425 952-876-6610 • Fax: 952-876-6629

Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport Rooms/suites: 273 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,400 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,400 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 220 Onsite restaurant: 1


The Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport is conveniently located just four miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and only a half mile from the great Mall of America off of Hwy 494 and 12th Ave. We are also located ten miles from downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Our great location and excellent service make us the perfect place for your next meeting or event! Our beautiful Outback Event Center can hold up to 220 people in the full banquet space and host a number of events from breakfast seminars, luncheons, dinner meetings, wedding receptions and anything else you can imagine! This space can also be broken down into three distinct meeting rooms. The 273-room Comfort Inn Airport has many amenities to offer guests, including complimentary shuttle to and from the airport and the Mall of America, complimentary continental breakfast, indoor heated pool, fitness room, wireless internet access, business center, a beautiful interior courtyard and free parking. Don’t forget to enjoy our onsite restaurant, the Outback Steakhouse!

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Meetings are Made Easy in Eagan Eagan CVB • Roberta Ryan

1501 Central Pkwy, Ste E • Eagan • MN • 55121 651-675-5546 • Fax: 651-675-5545 •

Area hotel rooms: 1,567 Entertainment nearby: Cascade Bay, Caponi Art Park and Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Dakota Village, Mall of America® Meeting facilities: Eagan Community Center, Royal Cliff Conference Center, City View Conference Center

As the eighth largest city in Minnesota, Eagan is offering new venues in a prime location near the airport and Mall of America® with free parking, hotel room discounts and personalized planning help. The elegant Oaks banquet room has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking an oak forest and floating fountain. Other prime locations are Royal Cliff on Hwy 77 Cedar Ave just south of Mall of America seating up to 500 people. Also, CityView on Hwy 13 seating 250 people. Five of Eagan’s 13 hotels offer boardrooms and conference space seating up to 200 people and offer complimentary shuttle service to both the airport and Mall of America. Some of Eagan’s unique venues include Cascade Bay water park for fantastic family fun and the new Moonshine Park Retreat Center on the lake is a relaxed setting for a board retreat. For help in making your next meeting or event successful, call Roberta at 651-675-5541 or toll free at 866-EAGAN-20 for your FREE Meeting Planner Guide. Please visit our website at for 360° views of Eagan meeting facilities.



Eagan Dakota County Parks

860 Cliff Rd • Eagan • MN • 55123 952-891-7000 • Fax: 952-891-7097 •

Make Our Space Your Space!

Facilities: Camp Sacajawea Lodge, Camp Spring Lake Lodge, Dakota Lodge, Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, picnic shelters, Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center (opening Summer 2008)

Who says meetings need to be held in stuffy, windowless rooms? At Dakota County Parks, convenient meeting spaces provide necessary amenities like audiovisual and plenty of parking, but we throw in a few extras like picturesque views for gazing out the windows, hiking trails for that much-needed stretch break and of course plenty of fresh air! Go online or call today to ask about the Visitor Center in Eagan, Dakota Lodge in West St. Paul, Camp Sacajawea in Apple Valley, Camp Spring Lake near Rosemount, and the new Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center near Hastings. Meet in Dakota County… close to you, but miles from your routine. Attractions: Many park activities available including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching. Hotels nearby.


Grand Portage Grand Portage Lodge & Casino • Morie Spry

70 Casino Rd • Grand Portage • MN • 55605 800-543-1384 • Fax: 218-475-2309 •

Experience Fun and Excitement

Reception capacity: 400 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,219 Rooms/suites: 95 Meeting rooms: 5 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,219 Golf course nearby: 1 hour Onsite restaurants: 2

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, the North Shore’s only casino resort, is a perfect place to unwind. The lodge features 95 rooms, five fully-serviced Jacuzzi suites (one is handicap accessible), an indoor heated pool, sauna and three-story fireplace. Dine in the Island View Dining Room or relax in Antlers Lounge. Non-stop gaming action takes place in the casino, with live bingo and over 450 slot machines. The Trading Post, located directly off of Hwy 61 features a gift shop, great rates on gas and diesel and an additional 43 slot machines.

Granite Falls

Enjoy the hospitality of Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort

PO Box 96 • Granite Falls • MN • 56241 320-564-6033 • Fax: 320-564-2547

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort is located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23 and offers everything you need for the ideal getaway. Guests are invited Meeting rooms: 3 to relax and enjoy one of 90 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Immerse yourself in our tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness Meeting space sq. ft.: center. We also provide in-room high-speed wireless internet access. 15,000 If it’s exhilarating gaming action you crave, then Prairie’s Edge is your place. Largest room sq. ft.: 4,500 We offer 24-hour gaming action with over 750 of the newest and hottest video slots including video roulette and electronic bingo. We also offer ten blackjack tables, a Reception capacity: 500 non-smoking poker room and non-smoking slot areas. Taste our delicious cuisine in the Meadows Buffet or relax and enjoy yourself in Golf course nearby: Yes our Firefly Bar & Grille featuring mesquite grilled steaks, fresh seafood and cocktails. Onsite restaurants: 3 plus Host you next meeting or special event at our 15,000 sq. ft. events and convention lounge center. Whether you’re hosting a trade show, wedding reception, meeting or reunion, we will accommodate your every need. You can utilize our three breakout rooms as well as a sizeable lobby. Our events and convention center also hosts big name entertainment and offers 1,000 plus concert seating. The Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store is located adjacent to the hotel and casino offering you a non-smoking casino area as well as all the last minute items you may need. Also, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort features the largest and newest RV Park in Southwestern Minnesota The PrairieView RV Park and Campground features 55 sites with all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable. We invite you to explore Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. We know you will enjoy your stay! Rooms/suites: 90


Lutsen Caribou Highlands Lodge

371 Ski Hill Rd • Lutsen • MN • 55612 800-642-6036 • Fax: 218-633-7920 •

Work and Play where you Stay!

Rooms/suites: 140 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,700 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 250 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains on the majestic North Shore, Caribou Highlands Lodge is the perfect all-season location for corporate meetings, retreats, incentive packages or group events. Accommodations include meeting facilities for 200 and lodging for 700. We provide a professional onsite coordinator to handle all aspects of your stay: set-up, catering, lodging accommodations, recreation and more. High-speed wireless Internet available. When it’s time to play, your group can enjoy ski-in/out access to skiing, snowshoeing, Superior National Championship Golf Course, Superior Hiking Trail, swimming pools, whirlpools, restaurant and lounge - these are just the beginning of the many activities offered.


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Greater Mankato Greater Mankato CVB • Beth Bachtle

One Civic Center Plaza, Ste 200 • Mankato • MN • 56001 • 800-657-4733 • Fax: 507-345-8376

Area hotel rooms: Over 1,000 Entertainment nearby: Theatre, art, ballet, concerts, sporting events, golf, trails, historical tours, shopping, dining, day spas, Morgan Creek Vineyards… and much more! Meeting facilities: Alltel Center, Holiday Inn, Country Inn & Suites, Best Western, Hilton Garden Inn and more than 15 other meeting facilities

Greater Mankato is the ideal place to take a step back, gain a fresh perspective and get some serious work done. Nestled in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, Greater Mankato is located just 75 miles south of the Twin Cities. The Greater Mankato City Center Convention Campus features a brand new Hilton Garden Inn, skyway system, Holiday Inn and the Alltel Center. The Alltel Center has established itself as one of the Midwest’s premier centers for meetings and entertainment. With a 25,000 sq. ft. arena, large banquet/exhibit hall, state-of-the-art conference center, and unique reception hall, the center can deliver any event imaginable. In addition to the City Center Convention Campus, Greater Mankato offers more than 20 other meeting facilities and over 1,000 guestrooms to accommodate visitors.



Minutes from Minneapolis, Miles from Distractions Earle Brown Heritage Center • Sales Department

6155 Earle Brown Dr • Minneapolis • MN • 55430 763-569-6300 • Fax: 763-569-6320 • Meeting rooms: 17

For a meeting beyond your expectations, trust the Earle Brown Heritage Center.

Meeting space sq. ft.: 36,000 Just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, its beautiful, picturesque grounds with Reception capacity: 1,400 Largest room sq. ft.: 13,000 Golf course nearby: Yes

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abundant gardens and peaceful fountains are miles from distractions. The Earle Brown Heritage Center provides attentive, one-on-one, personal service from start to finish. You focus on your meeting while our experienced staff focuses on the details. The result: a flawless event that will be remembered by all its attendees. You’ll benefit from: • 36,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space in 17 meeting rooms that can accommodate both large and small groups • State-of-the-art audiovisual and free wireless service that will take your meeting to the next level • Exceptional catering services that will satisfy every participant • Acres of FREE parking for your convenience You need your next event or meeting to be your best - to be in a setting that your participants will find relaxing and conducive to getting work done. The Earle Brown Heritage Center is your best solution. Experience the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Call now for your FREE, noobligation tour.



It’s Time to Hit the Jackpot! Southwest Minnesota’s Ultimate Gaming and Entertainment Destination Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel • Colleen Marcus PO Box 420 • 39375 County Hwy 24 Morton • MN • 56270 800-946-2274 • Fax: 507-698-8017

Rooms/suites: 276 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Meeting rooms: 6 Largest room sq. ft.: 25,000 Reception capacity: 1,500 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3

Guests choose Jackpot Junction as a vacation destination and corporate guests find it to be the perfect place for a business retreat. Located in nearby Morton, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is Southwest Minnesota’s Ultimate Gaming & Entertainment Destination. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel offers over 38,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, accommodating groups of ten to 1,500. Receive attractive group rates, full-service catering and the Meeting Planner’s Reward Program. The Lower Sioux Lodge, adjacent to the casino, is a AAA Three Diamond rated hotel, offering 276 deluxe accommodations, which include VIP, Hospitality, Jacuzzi, and Fireplace suites. Hotel amenities include indoor heated pool, sauna, arcade, fitness center, business center, room service and Kids Quest childcare facility. Group golf packages are available for Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course located four miles east of the casino. 325,000 sq. ft. of gaming action is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 1,320 video slot machines, blackjack, poker, specialty games, 375-seat bingo hall, pulltabs and lottery. Four restaurants to choose from: The Dacotah Restaurant, a full-service; the Carousel Buffet; Wabasha Creek at Dacotah Ridge; and the Full Deck Grill for a quick bite. Enjoy live entertainment four nights a week; national acts perform regularly in the Dacotah Exposition Center and Amphitheater. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is located in southwestern Minnesota, approximately 110 miles from Minneapolis/St Paul, an enterprise of the Lower Sioux Indian Community and is Minnesota’s First and Friendliest Casino.



Owatonna Owatonna Area C of C & Tourism

320 Hoffman Dr • Owatonna • MN • 55060 800-423-6466 • Fax: 507-451-7972 •

Take a Closer Look at Owatonna, Minnesota!

Area rooms: 590 Airport: Minneapolis International - 60 miles Meeting facilities include: Holiday Inn, Gainey Conference Center

Leave big city traffic and congestion, stress and hassle behind - enjoy the small town friendliness and charm of Owatonna - a perfect setting for your next meeting. Located just 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities on I-35 in southcentral Minnesota, we offer a wide range of convention/meeting/conference facilities coupled with well appointed lodging and inviting restaurants. Whether you are planning a small family reunion, wedding reception, or large corporate conference, it’s our goal to make it as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Contact us for our free planner packet and shopping discounts today. Attractions: Cabela’s, State School Orphanage Museum, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan-designed bank, Medford Outlet Center, golf courses


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The Twin Cities’ true conference center. Radisson Hotel & Conference Center • Sales

3131 Campus Dr • Plymouth • MN • 55441 763-559-6600 or 800-333-3333 • Fax: 763-559-7516 •

Rooms/suites: 237/6 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Meeting rooms: 40 Reception capacity: 450 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

Conveniently located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Just minutes from downtown and close to exciting entertainment and shopping, we offer comfortable business-class amenities, a full-service fitness club, complimentary local shuttle and more. Our meetings have more sizzle. Unlike the ordinary offerings you’ll find at other meeting venues, our cuisine is creatively inspired, freshly prepared and served with flair. We’re talking uniquely delicious dishes, such as Chocolate Waffles, Bananas Foster and MakeYour-Own Sundaes - and those are just for your breaks! High speed. High tech. High expectations. We offer high-speed Internet throughout our facility, including wireless access in all conference rooms and free wired and wireless internet access in all guest rooms. We’re also equipped to handle web seminars, video-conferencing and more - everything you need for a smooth and sophisticated meeting. First class accommodations. From luxurious Sleep Number® Beds to our award-winning “Yes I Can” service, RHCC offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and topnotch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. Plus we make check-in hassle-free with our on-line Express Yourself service. More amenities, more choices. Call us today and experience more.


Red Wing

Remarkable Events Begin With… Red Wing VCB • Kathy Silverthorn

420 Levee St • Red Wing • MN • 55066 651-385-7764 • Fax: 651-388-3900 •

Area rooms: 617 Major meeting facility: St. James Hotel Attractions: Falconer Winery, Red Wing Pottery, Treasure Island

When selecting the next location for your business meeting, convention or special event, make it memorable by choosing remarkable Red Wing. Red Wing offers an escape from life’s hectic pace and delivers professional and comprehensive services planners expect and have grown accustomed to. Located just 50 miles south of the Twin Cities on Highway 61, Red Wing is easily accessible and provides the peace and quiet, privacy and security needed for the corporate retreat and association meeting or convention. Recognized for tailoring services to individual meeting planner needs, Red Wing’s lodging accommodations and facilities are comfortable and competitive. The amenities we provide equal those found in metropolitan areas, but it’s the charm and surrounding scenic river valley that sets Red Wing apart from the rest - making it a unique alternative to other locations. Voted as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States, remarkable Red Wing leaves an indelible mark in the memories of all who visit. If your small to mid-sized organization is looking for a quality experience, Red Wing is the spot for turning your business meeting, special event or small convention into a memorable retreat. Red Wing’s historic charm, natural beauty, sporting adventure and cultural treasures provide interesting and relaxing leisure-hour activities when the meetings are over.



The Kahler Grand Hotel The Kahler Grand Hotel

20 SW 2nd Ave • Rochester • MN • 55902 507-285-2722 • Fax: 507-285-2586 •

Rooms/suites: 691 Meeting space sq. ft.: 30,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 7,150 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 800 Golf course nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 2

We provide unique environments that allow for great meetings that increase attendance. Connected to all of downtown - including the world-famous Mayo Clinic - via climate-controlled indoor pedestrian subways and skyways, The Kahler Grand Hotel is an exceptionally convenient Rochester Minnesota meeting place. Let your business event come to life here, amid eye-catching décor, directly connected to the Mayo Clinic. Whether you are hosting a conference, meeting, or banquet, you will find 30,000 square feet of versatile space at our Minnesota meeting room facilities. Our extensive options include: • 30,000 sq. ft. of event space, including 14 versatile meeting rooms • Expansive banquet space, accommodating a wide range of gatherings • Heritage Hall, a newly renovated, 7,150 sq. ft. room divisible into three sections • Three executive boardrooms, ideal for smaller groups and conferences • Additional 10,000 sq. ft. of function space, at the adjoining Rochester Marriott • Mayo Civic Center, connected by a skyway, providing 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space

Roseville MN

Roseville, Perfectly Positioned. Roseville Visitors Association • Amy Englund

2100 N Snelling, Ste 59 • Roseville • MN • 55113 877-980-3002 • Fax: 651-636-0475 •

Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International - 15 miles Area rooms: 1,172 Major meeting facilities: Radisson Hotel, Roseville Skating Center, Majors Sports Café, Courtyard by Marriott, Northwestern College Attractions: 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul attractions. Close to major sporting venues, Minnesota State Fairgrounds and University of Minnesota


“Perfectly Positioned” between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Roseville is the ideal location to host your next meeting in the Twin Cities. We offer a wealth of meeting space for mid-size meetings with more than 1,100 sleeping rooms at our nine hotels. Roseville offers a variety of unique banquet and meeting facilities at our various hotels. The Radisson, Roseville’s largest hotel, offers meeting space for up to 400 people. The Courtyard by Marriot, Holiday Inn Express, Country Inn & Suites, and Residence Inn can also accommodate smaller meetings. In addition, Roseville offers a variety of unique meeting space including the Roseville Skating Center Banquet Facilities that can accommodate up to 300 people and Majors Sports Café which has facilities for up to 250 people. For larger events, consider Northwestern College in Roseville. Northwestern College features a 1,500-seat performance hall, plus, various meeting rooms throughout the campus. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which is three miles south of Roseville, is a popular venue to host car shows, technology shows, horse shows, and of course, the Minnesota State Fair. For additional information or complimentary meeting planning assistance, please contact the Roseville Visitors Association at 877-980-3002 or visit us online at

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St. Cloud St. Cloud Area CVB • Judy Okerstrom

525 Hwy 10 S #1 • St. Cloud • MN • 56304-1250 320-202-6712 • Fax: 320-656-0401 •

St. Cloud, MN - For your convenience!

Area hotel rooms: 1,700 Entertainment: Historic Paramount Theater, Pioneer Place on Fifth, Munsinger & Clemens Gardens, Quarry Park and the Stearns History Museum Meeting facilities: St. Cloud Civic Center (100,000 sq. ft.), Best Western Americanna Inn, Best Western Kelly Inn, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Radisson Suite Hotel, St. Cloud State, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University

St. Cloud provides unequalled convenience for your next event and the CVB staff is here to assist you! The downtown St. Cloud complex consists of two full-service hotels, the Kelly Inn and the Radisson - conveniently connected - with just a short walkway - to the Civic Center! You’ll enjoy on-site restaurants and complimentary parking! We also invite your attendees to peruse the convenient downtown shops, restaurants, and theaters! The Holiday Inn offers over 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, complimentary parking, and a convenient West-side location. The on-site restaurant and bar serve up great food and live entertainment! Venues throughout the St. Cloud area provide additional meeting space and sleeping rooms as needed! The St. Cloud area - Granite Country USA! presents gorgeous gardens, picturesque parks, grand golf courses, and great granite industry tours! Check out our website for convenient answers to your questions! Meet in Granite Country USA! and take home rock-solid memories!



St. Paul

Designed to Accommodate Saint Paul RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center • Carrie Rosener 175 W Kellogg Blvd, Ste 501 • St. Paul • MN • 55102 651-265-4800 • Fax: 651-265-4899 •

Area rooms: 7,000 Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International - 10 miles Meeting facilities: Saint Paul RiverCentre Nearby golf courses: 8 Attractions: The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota History Center, Children’s Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Museum of American Art

Over eight million visitors each year experience the attractions of Minnesota’s capital city. The city thrives on diversity of culture, people, history and entertainment. Set among the attractions of a charming city, Saint Paul RiverCentre is the city’s premier convention center. Saint Paul RiverCentre is famous for providing a highly personalized level of service that ranks the city as one of the easiest destinations in the Midwest to hold major meetings and conventions. The facility features 70,000 sq. ft. of open space in the exhibition hall, which connects to 31,000 sq. ft. of additional space in Roy Wilkins Exhibition Hall. Other features of Saint Paul RiverCentre include the Grand Ballroom and 15 meeting rooms with beautiful views of the Mississippi River. The Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention and Visitors Authority will work with you to ensure your event is a success. As your concierge to the city, they offer visitor guides, online convention housing, convention service leads, registration assistance and convention alerts to the hospitality community. In addition, the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention and Visitors Authority will help you locate a hotel that best meets your group’s needs. We are confident you will enjoy your visit to St. Paul!



A few miles north of ordinary Fortune Bay Resort Casino • Brian K. Anderson

1430 Bois Forte Rd • Tower • MN • 55790 800-555-1714 Ext 7542 • Fax: 218-753-3600 • Rooms/suites: 174 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 400 Golf course onsite: 1 Onsite restaurants: 3

If you’re thinking about planning your next conference or retreat, you won’t have to look any farther than Fortune Bay Resort Casino. Business executives keep coming back to our facility because we know the importance of great customer service. But it’s more than that, business leaders enjoy our state-of-the-art conference technology, spacious meeting rooms, quiet hotel rooms and all the amenities that go hand-in-hand with a successful business retreat. Our conference rooms include free wireless internet access throughout our awardwinning facility. We also offer a full business center with copy, fax and computer services. In addition, each meeting and banquet room is furnished with satellite radio, LCD projectors, presentation equipment, dedicated phone lines and numerous lighting options. Guests of our resort also have full use of our heated pool, sauna, whirlpool and workout center, which is the perfect way to recharge your batteries when the day is done. We also have a 24-hour casino, blackjack and over 700 slot machines. We’re located on Lake Vermilion, which offers trophy fishing no matter what month of the year it is. We also have easy access to hiking, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails

right outside our doors. Fortune Bay Resort Casino is also home to The Wilderness, which is fast becoming a must-play world-class golf course. It has received several prestigious awards, including being named Golf Digest’s Best New Upscale Public Course in 2005. Several businesses have utilized The Wilderness to host tournaments after a retreat to reward their employees for a job well done. And that’s the way we think you’ll feel about us here at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, where we truly are a few miles north of ordinary when it comes to fulfilling all of your business needs.



Two Harbors Rooms/suites: 92 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,225 Largest room sq. ft.: 1,825 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: Yes A four-season resort on Lake Superior, 30 minutes north of Duluth, MN. Onsite restaurant: 1

Grand Superior Lodge

2826 E Hwy 61 • Two Harbors • MN • 55616 800-627-9565 • Fax: 218-834-6396 •

Grand Superior Lodge gives you luxurious lodging and the glory of Lake Superior! Our authentic log lodge with its massive stone fireplace gives a grand, year-round welcome. Group facilities include three meeting spaces, all with North Woods décor and lake views for up to 200 attendees. High-speed wireless Internet available in lodge. The Splashing Rock Restaurant offers fine dining, onsite banquet service and full bar service. Guests have many options for relaxation: massage, hiking, nearby golf and state parks, swimming, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room. Reserve your next corporate event with confidence through our onsite professional group coordinator.


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Historic Island City. Visit Winona • Pat Mutter

160 Johnson St • PO Box 1069 • Winona • MN • 55987 800-657-4972 • Fax: 507-454-0006 • Area rooms: 614 Airport: La Crosse, WI - 35 miles, Rochester, MN - 75 miles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - 120 miles Major meeting facilities: Express Suites Riverport Inn, Quality Inn, Visions Event Center, Alverna Center, Tau Center, Maxwell Center Attractions: MN Marine Art Museum, Watkins Museum, Garvin Heights Vineyard, golf courses, stained glass studios, bicycling/hiking trails, Mississippi River activities (boating, fishing, canoeing/kayaking)

Winona’s location in southeastern Minnesota is ideal for regional meetings and small to mid-size conferences and events. Two hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul on the Great River Road Scenic Highway 61, Winona is accessible to three airports. Amtrak train service to/ from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis provides easy access to Winona. Besides the hotels, meeting/event facilities are available at three university campuses (Saint Mary’s University, Winona State University, and SE Technical), and an event center on a scenic golf course. Visitors to Winona enjoy wonderful architecture and arts, diversity in museums and outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, and fun festivals and events. Group tours to Wenonah Canoe, stained glass studios, and a winery can be arranged through Visit Winona. Winona’s known as the arts/culture destination of Southern Minnesota and is home to the Frozen River Film Festival, Dakota Homecoming, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, and Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre. The Visit Winona staff provides a variety of services to help you ensure a successful meeting including bidding assistance, spousal activities, welcome packets, and official welcome. For a free meeting planners guide, call 507-452-0735 or 800-657-4972.

511 Hilbert St • Winona • MN • 55987 507-474-3902 • Fax: 507-474-3970 •

A community of learners welcomes you!

Rooms/suites: 1,700 summer only Meeting rooms: 25 Reception capacity: 600 Golf courses nearby: 2

Dedicated to continuing education, WSU’s Tau Conference Center offers a variety of meeting and banquet facilities to meet all of your event needs. Winona’s largest banquet facility, Lourdes Dining Hall, is located on our West Campus and seats 600 guests. We offer complete on-site catering services, state-of-theart audiovisual equipment, professional staff to assist with every detail of your event, and a business center for checking emails, making copies, or sending faxes. Winona is located at the foot of majestic bluffs on the banks of the Mississippi river and is easily accessible from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester and Madison. We look forward to hosting your next event!

Worthington Worthington Area CVB

1121 Third Ave • Worthington • MN • 56187 507-372-2919 • Fax: 507-372-2827 •


Area rooms: 385 Airport: Worthington Municipal Meeting rooms: 7 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Schedule your meeting on the beautiful southwest Minnesota prairie at Worthington. Located at the crossroads of I-90 and Hwy 59/60, your meeting will be an atmosphere of relaxation and uninterrupted concentration. Options for groups from 50 to 225. Dining and meetings can be individually designed for a great experience. Enjoy a relaxing time utilizing the recreational trail which winds around Lake Okabena, a beautiful lake adjacent to the business district. Discover the varied ethnic shops offering many unique items also along the business district. Personally guided theme tours can be arranged. Attractions: Historic Dayton House, Nobles County Pioneer Village, Spomer Classics (car and advertising signs), Nobles County Historical Society, Nobles County Art Center, golf, hunting and lake activities.



Winona Winona State University Camp & Conference Services • Ann Durley


Someone you love is always playing in Branson. Branson Lakes Area CVB • Vienna L. Bowling, CMP

PO Box 1897 • Branson • MO • 65615 800-935-1199 Ext 306 • Fax: 417-334-4139 • Area hotel rooms: 18,587 Entertainment and recreation: Over 100 Live Shows in 52 Theatres with 58,000 seats Theme parks: Silver Dollar City, White Water, Celebration City Museums: 12 plus the Titanic and ’57 Heaven Lifestyle & Classic Car Collection Dinner shows: Showboat Branson Belle, Dixie Stampede, Branson Scenic Railway - More than 200 Outlet Shops and the new Branson Landing Shopping & Dining District - 3 pristine lakes with all manner of water sports and aquatic activities Meeting facilities: New Branson Convention Center The Keeter Center, Tri-Lakes Center, PLUS 29 hotels and resorts with meeting space, including: Hiltons of Branson, Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, Radisson, Clarion, Ramada Resort, Lodge of the Ozarks and the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Branson, Missouri provides a personal and friendly small town experience while hosting more than seven million visitors a year. As one of the Top 20 family vacation destinations in America, Branson offers a wide range of worldclass live entertainment (pop, rock, Broadway, country, bluegrass, magic and comedy), award-winning theme parks, fabulous shopping and dining, plus many one-of-a-kind facilities and attractions. Blend these unique man-made characteristics with those crafted by Mother Nature - three pristine lakes surrounded by wooded foothills provide abundant outdoor recreation and offer the perfect setting for more than 200 holes of championship golf. Now open: 220,000 sq. ft. Branson Convention Center located near Branson Landing, an exciting new upscale shopping and dining district along the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Under construction: NEW commercial airport, opening Spring of 2009! Why settle for a monotonous cookie-cutter destination? Branson energetically provides wholesome fun for the whole family in a safe and clean environment that reminds us of more innocent times. Give us a call today or go on-line and request a copy of our Meeting & Convention Planner Guide!



Branson Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center

415 N State Hwy 265 • Branson • MO • 65616 417-334-1161 • Fax: 417-332-1045 •

Meet on the Lake, in the Mountains, Beyond the Ordinary…

Reception capacity: 4,000 Meeting space sq. ft.: 43,500 Rooms/suites: 301 Meeting rooms: 19

Set in the Ozark Mountains of Branson, Missouri, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center is perfect for all your business meetings, exhibits and retreats. Branson’s only AAA Four Diamond resort, the Chateau features 43,500 sq. ft. of flexible function space with 19 meeting rooms, including an elegant 32,000 sq. ft. ballroom - all on one level, under one roof! Brilliant banqueting and catering, wireless internet and an onsite audiovisual company ensure your success. And you’ll quickly find that from 301 luxurious rooms and suites to spectacular recreation and our 14,000 sq. ft. Spa Chateau - our space inspires a remarkable combination of productivity, relaxation and excitement.


Branson Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center next to Silver Dollar City • Tom Gdovin

8514 State Hwy 76 • Branson West • MO • 65737 417-338-2141 • Fax: 417-338-8320 •

Satisfaction starts with service

Rooms/suites: 145 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,900 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,700 Meeting rooms: 4

We offer a free shuttle to Silver Dollar City, continental breakfast, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, game room, conference, meeting and banquet rooms. Our hotel features interior corridors with an elevator and all rooms have a private balcony! We are conveniently located a half mile from Silver Dollar City and four miles from all Branson has to offer. The Kimberling and Branson Rooms will open up to one large 52’ by 55’ room. The banquet facility has a large built in buffet and plenty of space along with a dance floor for wedding receptions or parties. Plus a boardroom for up to 25 people. Attractions: Silver Dollar City, 100 music shows and attractions


Branson Grand Plaza Hotel • Darlene Burkhart

245 N Wildwood Dr • Branson • MO • 65616 800-850-6646 • Fax: 417-337-5535 •


Your GRAND home while in Branson

Rooms/suites: 200 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,500 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: 1 Onsite restaurants: Yes

The Grand Plaza Hotel offers 200 guestrooms and suites, which overlook the breathtaking Ozark Mountains. Our hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Branson with easy access to all Branson venues and attractions. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free wireless internet, exercise room, ticket and gift shop. Jack’s Plaza View Restaurant and Lounge features Jack’s famous prime rib and local entertainer, Kenny Parrot. With complete banquet and meeting facilities and our luxurious all season pool and spa, you will see why the Grand Plaza Hotel is “Your GRAND home while in Branson!”

Branson Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort • Wanda Nicol 245 S Wildwood Dr • Branson • MO • 65616 1-866-761-4483 • Fax: 417-336-4724 •

Branson’s Best Location Lets You Go From Lecture To Leisure In Minutes!

Reception capacity: 150 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,016 Largest meeting room sq. ft.: 2,016 Condominiums: 160 - 172 cabins Meeting rooms: 3 Onsite restaurant: 1 Onsite golf course: Yes

Choose a secluded cabin setting or a luxurious condominium surrounding Branson’s most popular golf course. Condominiums have individually customized interiors, spacious living and dining rooms with fullyequipped kitchen, patios and high-speed internet, and each bedroom has its own bath. All are within minutes of shopping, theaters, lakes and attractions and include copious amenities. Meeting facilities are equipped with high-speed internet access, conference phones and a variety of audiovisual equipment. Creative catered events from continental to elegant are available. Conveniently located in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills will be the highlight of your next meeting. Attractions: Golf course onsite, shopping, dining, 100+ music shows, theme parks, museums and three lakes Branson’s Best Location Lets You Go From Lecture To Leisure In Minutes!


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Jefferson City

You’ll Feel the History Jefferson City CVB • Marianne Thies

100 E High • PO Box 2227 • Jefferson City • MO • 65101 800-769-4183 • Fax: 573-638-4892 • Area rooms: 1,365 Airport: Columbia Regional Airport - 25 miles Major meeting facilities: Capitol Plaza Hotel, Truman Hotel and Conference Center, DoubleTree Hotel, Summit Lake Winery, Lincoln University, G2 Gallery and many more Attractions: Missouri State Capitol, Runge Nature Center, Missouri Governor’s Mansion, Missouri Supreme Court Building, Katy Trail, Etta and Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center, wineries, golf courses

Jefferson City, nestled along the winding Missouri River, is home to the State Capitol. With a population of over 40,000, Jefferson City serves as a regional hub for healthcare, agriculture, business, trade associations and government. Just 25 miles south of I-70 on Highway 54, Jefferson City is centrally located in Missouri between Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. As the meeting place of our statesmen, Jefferson City offers excellent meeting venues. The Jefferson City CVB offers a variety of services to assist you as a meeting planner, some of which include customized itineraries, registration assistance, spouse and youth programs, official greetings and media liaison services. Jefferson City has an abundance of historical tradition, beautiful landscapes, fine cuisine, recreation activities and attractive shopping centers waiting to be discovered. While in Jefferson City for your meeting or event, take the opportunity to explore the Capitol, downtown area, wineries, parks and museums that make Jefferson City a great experience. Contact us to request a copy of the Jefferson City Meeting Planners Guide. This guide is a great tool for any meeting planner. It compiles information such as lodging accommodations, catering services and entertainment options for meeting planners.

Lake of the Ozarks

Making the Nature of Business a Pleasure MO

Lake of the Ozarks CVB

St. Louis Group Sales: Mary Jo Biggs 636-529-0100 • Kansas City Group Sales: Vicki Schveninger 913-814-0644 • Area rooms: 6,000 Airport: Columbia Regional or Springfield/Branson - both 75 miles Major meeting facilities: Tan-Tar-A Resort, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Country Club Hotel & Spa, Old Kinderhook Resort, The Resort at Port Arrowhead, The Inn at Grand Glaize, Baymont Inn & Suites, Best Western Dogwood Hills Golf Club & Resort and Sleep Inn Attractions: 54,000-acre lake, set in a majestic panorama of rolling hills, forest and bluffs, 16 golf courses, shopping at the largest top brand outlet mall in Missouri, over 100 restaurants, night life and music shows


Each year, thousands of meeting attendees choose the Lake of the Ozarks for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the unequaled panoramic scenery and 54,000 acres of water activities. For others, it’s the central gathering locale, the wide range of facilities, amenities and value. We would like to extend a warm invitation to groups of ten to 3,000 by offering a variety of convention options in a resort environment: more than 6,000 guestrooms - most with lake views; 250,000 sq. ft. of traditional meeting space, 200 resorts and hotels and five convention properties; over 261 championship golf holes carved out of rolling hills, with water and elevations to challenge amateur or pro, breathtaking views, clubhouses with group facilities and corporate golf tournaments; over 100 restaurants on and off the water, most with lake views, some with small meeting rooms; onsite and area nightlife music; and dinner cruises. CVB services include planning assistance, brochures and pre-conference materials, site inspections, media contacts, name badges, registration, official welcome, hospitality booth, transportation and final presentation.

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Lake Ozark

The Lodge of Four Seasons More golf and spa than any other resort in Missouri The Lodge of Four Seasons • Colleen Porter

Horseshoe Bend Pkwy • PO Box 215 Lake Ozark • MO • 65049 800-THE-LAKE • 573-365-3000 Reservations: 888-265-3500 • Rooms/condominiums: 350 Meeting space sq. ft.: 65,000 Banquet capacity: 1,200 Reception capacity: 1,600 Theater capacity: 229 Golf courses nearby: 54 holes on-site and nearby Onsite restaurants: 2 Entertainment: Golfing, boating, water skiing, parasailing, Spa Shiki, Resort Design shops, on-site theater, restaurants and lounges

Perfectly positioned above central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks and nestled in 90 acres of tree-covered hills, The Lodge of Four Seasons provides the ideal setting for conferences, meetings and retreats. The resort is conveniently located approximately two and a half hours from St. Louis and three hours from Kansas City. The Lodge of Four Seasons is your destination for meetings that reach beyond the expected. All rooms are bright and spacious, and most feature balconies. Clients can choose to stay in the Main Lodge, Lanai or Atrium or select the VIP treatment in a Presidential Suite, the newly furnished Murai Suite or the fourth floor Executive Level. Two- and three-bedroom condominiums are also available for nightly or weekly rental. The Lodge boasts great dining options for every taste. Offering indoor/outdoor seating options for lunch, lakeview dining in the award-winning HK’s restaurant, and well appointed lounges for evening entertainment makes The Lodge the clear choice. Beyond ensuring smooth function and an inspiring setting for your meeting, The Lodge of Four Seasons is dedicated to providing you the best of the best. Championship golf - consistently recognized as among the region’s top courses - provides recreation after work is done, and Spa Shiki, one of the largest full-service resort spas in the Midwest, delivers a pampering experience from head to toe.

Osage Beach

Lakeside Resort and Conference Center MO

Inn at Grand Glaize • Denise, Holly or Candace

PO Box 969 • Osage Beach • MO • 65065 573-348-4731 • Fax: 573-348-4694 •

Rooms/suites: 147 Meeting space sq. ft.: 12,340+ Largest room sq. ft.: 4,080 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 350 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: Golf, fishing, onsite boat/PWC rentals, music shows, outlet mall and three state parks

The Inn at Grand Glaize is quickly becoming the meeting Resort at the Lake for all types of groups. We are the only convention resort to boast two large ballrooms, numerous breakout rooms, restaurant and first class accommodations all under one roof. May we mention the fact that we can accommodate groups from six to 400? Our meeting specialists have years of experience and our chef will create any type of menu at a price to accommodate any budget. We promise to make YOU look fantastic for choosing the Inn at Grand Glaize! Nestled on top of a bluff overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, you feel the warm hospitality as soon as you enter our lobby. Sit by the large stone fireplace sipping your favorite beverage and gaze at the Lake. If you require some leisure fun during your stay, we offer a great pool on the Lake, large hot tub, game room, or rent a boat and see the Lake the way it was meant to be seen. In addition, our staff can arrange a golf outing, fishing, music shows, water parks, or even a scenic or dinner cruise for the entire group. We look forward to any opportunity to earn your future business. We promise you won’t be disappointed!


Osage Beach

For Meetings, It’s a Natural Choice. Tan-Tar-A Resort Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark • Ann Walters PO Box 188TT • State Rd KK Osage Beach • MO • 65065 573-348-8550 • Rooms/suites: 715/155 Meeting space sq. ft.: 93,000 Meeting rooms: 27 Reception capacity: 3,500 Golf course: 27 holes onsite Onsite restaurants: 6 Entertainment: Golfing, boating, water skiing, wave running, parasailing, horseback riding, Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark, Bears Den Arcade, Windjammer Spa, shopping

Groups have been coming to Tan-Tar-A year after year for the ultimate meeting experience, both indoors and out. Tan-Tar-A offers over 93,000 sq. ft. of unique and flexible function and banquet space, allowing us to accommodate groups of ten to 3,500 in 27 different rooms. Outdoor venues boast some spectacular views. Our meeting rooms can accommodate a variety of events to include exhibits, meetings, receptions, banquets, weddings and much more. The Grand Ballroom offers 23,160 sq. ft. of space for receptions of 3,500 and banquets of 2,000, dividing into three sections for smaller sessions. To complement the services offered in our Grand Ballroom, we also have 13 breakout rooms. Windgate Hall’s 30,000 sq. ft. accommodates another 2,700 for receptions. Our in-house audiovisual department is one of the most comprehensive and well trained. Look to our Convention Service Managers as an extension of your team. From inception to completion, they’ll handle everything from theme parties to tee times to excursion boat rides and everything else in between! At Tan-Tar-A, we want you to relax while our excellent staff of professionals provide you a successful event each and every time.


revitalize, reenergize and reinvent your team with Corporate Camp! MO

Trout Lodge

13528 State Hwy AA • Potosi • MO • 63664 573-438-2154 • Fax: 573-438-5752 •

Reception capacity: 300 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,125 Rooms/suites: 99 Meeting rooms: 10 Largest meeting room sq. ft.: 3,060 Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: 360-acre private lake, 18-hole golf course, TEAM Works, horseback riding, climbing towers, just 75 miles from St. Louis


You can choose to have the same old meetings and team building retreats in the same old cookie-cutter hotels and conference centers, or you can join the ranks of companies like Microsoft® and revitalize, reenergize and reinvent your team with Corporate Camp. There is no need to spend time and money creating a theme - the atmosphere and ambiance is already built right in, without sacrificing modern accommodations and amenities. We will help you create a memorable experience that will have a lasting impact on your team. After all, who doesn’t remember going to camp? Not only will we provide a unique experience, but it will also be affordable. Our per person rates include lodging, meals and most activities, AND are lower than traditional hotels. We have all the basics required for a traditional meeting or retreat… meeting rooms, a/v equipment, catering, etc. We also have tons of recreational activities including an 18-hole golf course and trap shooting. Our evening entertainment options range from live music to beer or wine tasting. Unlike most hotels and conference centers, we are a non-profit organization (a branch of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis). By choosing to bring your group to Trout Lodge, you are helping us continue our tradition of giving and serving.

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The Middle of Everywhere Rolla Area C of C

1301 Kingshighway • Rolla • MO • 65401 573-364-3577 or Toll Free: 888-809-3817 •

Area rooms: 1,025 Major meeting facilities: Havener Center, 14,000 sq. ft., up to 14 meeting rooms, full catering, food court Largest meeting space: 7,000 sq. ft. Reception capacity: 500

Centrally located between St. Louis and Springfield at the convergence of I-44, US 63 and Missouri Hwy 72, Rolla is an outstanding central location for your meeting. Located within easy driving distance from St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield, Rolla offers the same services as larger cities, but with small town friendliness. Founded in 1858 and located on the main line of the railroad, Rolla served as an important military base during the Civil War. Nearby is Fort Leonard Wood, a booming military base that supplies thousands of civilian jobs and support services to the economy. Recreation activities abound with local parks, caves and waterways just a short distance away. Local wineries and Route 66 history are popular with visitors. The primary meeting facility is the Havener Center, located on the campus of the Missouri University of Science & Technology. Over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space can accommodate meetings of up to 500 people. The facility includes a 7,000 square foot ballroom, up to 14 breakout rooms, wired and wireless internet, full catering, food court and coffee shop. Meeting packages are customized to meet the client’s needs. Contact us for complete information to make your meeting a success. MM08

St. Charles

Saint Charles, Missouri Where Meetings are Fun MO

Greater Saint Charles CVB • Martha Little

230 S Main St • St. Charles • MO • 63301 800-366-2427 • Fax: 636-949-3217 Area rooms: 2,000 Major meeting facilities: St. Charles Convention Center, The Family Arena, All Occasion Banquet Center, Banquet Center of the Little Hills, Columns Banquet and Conference Center, Heart of St. Charles, Stegton Regency Banquet & Conference Center, Ameristar Conference Center Attractions: St. Charles Historic District, Ameristar Casino, Bass Pro Shop, Foundry Art Centre, Katy Trail State Park, Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center, Grand Prix Speedway, Dave & Busters, Demolition Ball

Saint Charles is the perfect place to hold your next meeting or event. Known for its warm welcome, Saint Charles is a smaller city just outside of St. Louis that offers four-star hotels and state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities. Whether your meeting includes ten or 1,000 attendees, you’ll find the setting and price that’s just right in Saint Charles. Plus, Saint Charles is located only ten minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and accessible from several major interstate arteries. Out-of-town attendees will appreciate the unique historical perspective, breathtaking scenery and friendly people. And Saint Charles offers plenty of entertainment for attendees who want after-meeting options and those who plan to stay a few extra days. From historic attractions, wineries, fine dining, gaming, hiking and biking, artist galleries, a historic shopping district featuring over 125 unique shops - there’s something for everyone. Give us a call for your free Meeting Planner’s Guide or visit for more information. Make your next meeting as memorable as it is successful.


St. Joseph

See Where the West Officially Started Getting Wild. St. Joseph CVB • Mary Supple

109 S Fourth St • St. Joseph • MO • 64501 816-233-6688 • Toll free 800-785-0360 Fax: 816-233-9120 •

Area rooms: 1,120 Nearest airport: KCI - 35 miles Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Ramada Inn and Conference Center, St. Joseph Civic Arena, Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center Attractions: Pony Express Museum, Jesse James Home, Patee House Museum, Terribles St. Jo Frontier Casino

Discover how our unique mix of contemporary and historic meeting facilities makes St. Jo a perfect meeting destination. Come discover a community of great character and warm hospitality. Imagine your group in a city abounding in 19th century charm and timeless natural beauty, with all the amenities you would expect in a contemporary American City - that’s St. Joseph. The St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a wide range of services to the meeting planner. We are dedicated to the success of your meeting or conference by providing the best that St. Joseph has to offer. St. Joseph is centrally located in the continental US and only 35 miles from Kansas City International Airport. By car, travel interstate highways to St. Joseph from any major city in the country. A variety of meeting facilities are available in St. Joseph including conference hotels - Holiday Inn and Ramada Inn, a unique outdoor-themed meeting facility at the Stoney Creek Inn, an arena facility, and summer time availability at Missouri Western State University. These facilities can accommodate meetings of all sizes, from ten to 3,000 people.

St. Joseph Missouri Western State University • Patty Kuechler

Accommodations available 4525 Downs Dr • St. Joseph • MO • 64507 for groups from 10 to 4,500 816-271-4115 • Fax: 816-271-5922 • Two styles of fully furnished residence halls - suite or apartment style


Planning an event? The professionals at Western can help!

We develop, organize, and manage successful educational conferences, workshops, seminars, symposiums, and sports camps. Personalized attention is provided at the initial planning stages and continues even after the conference ends. Whether your conference is for fewer than ten or more than 3,000, runs one day or two weeks, is across campus or across the world, you can be assured of the most professional program possible. It’s our goal to make your conference, workshop, seminar, symposium or camp a success! We organize every aspect of event planning including overall conference management, customized room setups, catering, facility and lodging arrangements, audiovisual presentations, marketing and promotional materials, and transportation services - 40 minutes from international airport.

St. Joseph The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art • Christina Lund

2818 Frederick Ave • St. Joseph • MO • 64506 816-233-7003 Ext 14 • Fax: 816-233-3413 •

Imagine the Possibilities

Meeting rooms: 8+ Reception capacity: 400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 1

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art has become a favorite venue for corporate and private events. Featuring an elegant and entertaining atmosphere, it is the perfect setting for your next special reception, luncheon, dinner, or business meeting. The Terrace Dining Room and adjacent galleries accommodate groups of 20 to 250. Featuring some of St. Joseph’s top caterers, the menu selections range from light hors d’oeuvres to elegant fine dining, and our professional staff will assist you in planning every detail. To inquire about rates and availability, please contact Christina Lund, Director of Special Events, at or 816-233-7003, Ext. 14. Attractions: Pony Express Museum, Jesse James Home, Patee House Museum, Terribles St. Jo Frontier Casino


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St. Louis/Maryland Heights Rooms/suites: 502 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,600 Largest room: 1,600 Meeting rooms: 2 Reception capacity: 100 Golf course nearby: Yes Make Sure Your Next Meeting or Event Pays Off! Onsite restaurants: 8 For the people, for the excitement, for the FUN - we invite you to visit Harrah’s soon and discover just how memorable your next meeting or event can be at Harrah’s! With 1,600 sq. ft. of meeting space, we are the perfect location for board meetings and intimate events up to 100 guests. Groups will receive the personal and attentive service Harrah’s is known for. Casino packages available for groups of 20 or more. All-inclusive meals options at one of our eateries, including the Brand New “Eat Up” Buffet starting as low as $10.00 and each guest receives a free $5.00 coupon for the casino. Local motor coach transportation is available, call for details and requirements. Call 1-800-599-6378 to speak with one of our sales professionals. Harrah’s St. Louis… Oh Yeah!

Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel • Michelle Good

777 Casino Center Dr • Maryland Heights • MO • 63043 314-770-7734 • Fax: 314-770-8254 •


St. Louis

Work hard, play hard MO

HoteLumière • Katie Johnston

901 N First St • St. Louis • MO • 63102 314-881-7800 • Fax: 314-881-7807 •

Rooms/suites: 295 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,400 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 450 Onsite restaurants: 5

HoteLumière is a 295 all-suite hotel that is located in downtown St. Louis and that is seconds from the famous Gateway Arch. Each room offers a private sleeping area and parlor and features two flat panel TVs, iPod docking stations, refreshment centers and upscale amenities from Wolfgang Puck and Gilchrest & Soames. In addition, all signature pillow-top mattresses are dressed with a plush Italian duvet and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. Our 24-hour automated business center is housed with PC and Mac workstations and wired/wireless Internet throughout and is located adjacent to the lobby. HoteLumière features 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space which includes a 5,400 sq. ft. ballroom that seats up to 350 and divides into fourths. There is also a garden atrium with a four-story waterfall, ideal for receptions. Equipped with audiovisual and electronic capabilities, the entire hotel is a hot spot. In addition to meeting your business needs, HoteLumière is part of Lumière Place. Connected via a sky bridge, Lumière Place boasts a 75,000 sq. ft. casino featuring 2,000 slot machines, more than 45 table games and a dedicated poker room. There are also five unique restaurants that surround the casino floor.




Nebraska... Possibilities... Endless Nebraska Association of CVBs • Lisa Cox, Secretary

The Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus invites you to look at Nebraska, where the possibilities are endless for your meeting. Nebraska offers quiet rural settings with elegant meeting facilities and metropolitan areas with large varieties of conference space including sports facilities. For the best meeting possibilities choose one of the qualified members of NACVB:

• Ainsworth • Columbus • Cozad • Fremont • Gering • Gothenburg • Grand Island • Gretna • Hastings • Kearney • Kimball • Lexington • Lincoln • Nebraska City • Norfolk • North Platte • Ogallala • Omaha • Rushville • Scottsbluff • Sidney • South Sioux City • Valentine • York

NACVB offers two opportunities to explore Nebraska. The Annual Meeting Planners Reception is held each spring and allows you to explore all NACVB members in one convenient location. Meet with the NACVB professionals and find out what Nebraska has to offer. You may also receive the NACVB Sites & Services Directory featuring meeting and convention information from NACVB members. The Fast Facts section offers information on the type and size of facilities that you are looking for. The Highlights and CVB Services sections help you find extra benefits to make your meeting exceptional. And the Contact section will put you in touch with your personal meeting planner from the NACVB community.

Call or email for your invitation to the Meeting Planners Reception or for your complimentary NACVB Directory.



PO Box 1207 North Platte • NE • 69101 800-955-4528

Alliance Tourism Office

PO Box 678 • Alliance • NE • 69301 308-762-3876 or 877-BOX-TRSM •

Meet in the Middle of Everywhere

Home to City of Alliance and Village of Hemingford

We Have a Place for You! Call 877-BOX-TRSM

Lots of fine Motels, Restaurants, and Shoppe’s surrounded by the unique Sandhill formations of West Nebraska and home to the Enigmatic Carhenge. We have The Place for Your Event from business meetings to wedding receptions. (Dining or Catering Available.) Museums: Knight (160) & Carnegie (40); Skyview Golf Course (75); 1910 Secret Coffeehouse *(40); Alliance County Club *(150); Mobius Professional Center (50);Western Nebraska CC (125); Legions *(200); Hansen’s B & B *(20); Fireside Bistro Grill *(40); and, much more… (*=dining facilities) More information on meeting places on our web at: • Email: Toll Free: 877-BOX-TRSM



You’ll find US in ColumbUS!! Columbus/Platte County CVB • Deb Loseke

764 33rd Ave • Columbus • NE • 68601 402-564-2769 • Fax: 402-564-2026 •


Area rooms: 554 Airport: Columbus Municipal Airport (noncommercial), Eppley Airfield - Omaha (95 miles), Lincoln (80 miles), Grand Island (65 miles) Major meeting facilities: New World Inn & Conference Center, Platte County Agricultural Park, Holiday Inn Express Attractions: Andrew Jackson Memorial National Monument, Pawnee Plunge Water Park, Dusters/Gottberg Brew Pub, Glurs Tavern, public golf courses, Lake North recreational area, live horse racing, antique and specialty shops


Columbus is the place to be. Columbus prides itself on fine hospitality, facilities and services available. Our city has nine hotels/motels and one bed and breakfast, offering a total of 542 guestrooms. During free time, your attendees will enjoy shopping in our unique specialty shops, antique stores and malls, dining in our fine restaurants and relaxing and playing at our recreational facilities. The friendly, caring people of our community are here to make you feel welcome and to make your stay an enjoyable one. Columbus is easily accessible and conveniently located 90 minutes from Omaha and Lincoln, 75 minutes from Grand Island and 50 minutes from I-80. US Hwys 30 and 81 intersect in the city. Our community of 21,000 is large enough to adequately meet the needs of your group, yet not too big to forget that hometown friendly spirit. Being experienced in hosting events, the Columbus/Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau will work closely with the planning committee to ensure a smooth-running convention. We guarantee service above and beyond! Contact the Columbus/Platte County CVB for information on our FREE convention and meeting services and wide range of tour possibilities. We’ll meet you in Columbus!

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Grand Island

“Bring it to the Island!” Grand Island/Hall County CVB • Tricia Beem

2424 S Locust St, Ste C Grand Island • NE • 68801 800-658-3178 • Fax: 308-382-4908 • Area rooms: 1,504 Airport: Central Nebraska Regional Airport - 2 miles Meeting facilities: Howard Johnson Riverside Inn & Convention Center, Midtown Holiday Inn, Interstate Holiday Inn, Heartland Events Center Attractions: Fonner Park Thoroughbred Racetrack, Stuhr Museum & Railroad Town, Heartland Public Shooting Park, world’s largest migration of 500,000 sandhill cranes, Crane Meadows Visitor Center, Mid-Nebraska Speedway, Island Oasis Water Park, Nebraska Trap Association

Grand Island - Central Nebraska’s largest city located within a day’s drive of all major Midwest cities, where you can be guaranteed big town opportunities with small town hospitality. Offering 56 meeting sites - diverse, unique, large and small, you’ll find them all in Grand Island. Three hotel convention properties offering from 5,600 to 13,900 sq. ft. of meeting space and the 7,500seat, 170,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose Heartland Events Center with 8,000 sq. ft. Bosselman Reception Center. Home to five nationally and regionally recognized attractions and 25 recreational facilities, including six golf courses, there is plenty to do during free time in the “#1 Birding Spot in the World.” Grand Island is easily accessible from I-80 and US Hwy 281 as well as the Central NE Regional Airport with daily flights to and from Omaha and Kansas City. Our complimentary, first-class sales department provides you with assistance from initial planning through your whole convention experience. Our central location, facilities and first-class service make Grand Island your winning combination for meetings and conventions in the Midwest - where a handshake still means something. Contact the Grand Island/Hall County CVB for your FREE copy of our award-winning Convention Planner Guide or check out the guide and RFP available online. We look forward to sharing our GRAND hospitality with you!

Grand Island

Something For Everyone! Education, Entertainment & Economic Development in America’s Heartland Heartland Events Center • Hugh M. Miner, Jr., CEO

Rooms/suites: 12 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,000+ Meeting rooms: 5 at Bosselman Conference Center, 6 others Reception capacity: 750-1,000 Golf courses nearby: 4 Onsite restaurant: 1 (Fonner Keno Sports Bar)

The Heartland Events Center is a premier new multi-purpose facility that opened October 2006 in Central Nebraska. Be one of the first groups to book an event in this attractive, well-designed facility conveniently located minutes from I-80 Exit 314 and near Hwys 30 and 281. The Center’s Eihusen Arena seats 6,000 to 7,500, with 12 suites and a club seating section with access to the Bosselman Conference Center that features a banquet room and/or five meeting rooms. Twenty acres of hard-surface parking serves the Events Center and attached Fonner Park facility that offers live Thoroughbred horse racing February through May, as well as year-round simulcast racing, and Fonner Keno Sports Bar & Restaurant. In-house catering and other amenities available to suit your varied needs. Something For Everyone! Conventions/Trade Shows, Conferences, Concerts and Entertainment, Athletic/Sporting Events, Community and Organizational Events, Rodeos, Circuses, National Traveling Shows, Family/Youth/Senior Activities. Complimentary early morning walking course, onsite restaurant. Adjacent Island Oasis Waterpark, softball and soccer fields, Thompson 4-H Arena, horse barns, exhibition barn and much more! Hotels, restaurants, shopping and other event venues nearby.

Let us treat you to genuine Midwestern hospitality at its finest!



700 E Stolley Park Rd • PO Box 490 Grand Island • NE • 68802-0490 308-382-4515 Ext 211 • Fax: 308-384-2753 •


La Vista

Meetings, celebrations and relaxation Embassy Suites • David Scott

12520 Wesport Pkwy • La Vista • NE • 68128 402-331-7400 • Fax: 402-331-7401 •

NE Rooms/suites: 257 Meeting space sq. ft.: 55,000 Meeting rooms: 24 Reception capacity: 3,000 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: Yes


Opening Spring 2008, the new Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista Hotel & Conference Center is situated just off of I-80 in the new Southport shopping, business and entertainment development. Adjacent to the new Cabela’s, it is just minutes from Omaha’s famous Old Market district, Shadow Lake Towne Center and Village Pointe shopping center. Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Offutt Air Force Base and many area attractions are also easily within reach. Our spacious two-room suites are perfect for business travel or a weekend getaway. We also feature a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every morning and a nightly Manager’s Reception. After you unwind in the pool or work up a sweat in the fully equipped fitness center, join us for dinner and drinks in our upscale restaurant and bar. With more than 55,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, the hotel and conference center easily accommodates groups with as many as 3,000 attendees. Our professional event staff will assist you with arranging everything from state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to customized catering, creating truly unforgettable business meetings and celebrations.

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The Prairie Capital City Lincoln CVB • Jeff Maul

PO Box 83737 • Lincoln • NE • 68501 800-423-8212 • Fax: 402-436-2360 •

Area rooms: 4,040 Airport: Lincoln Municipal Airport - 4 miles Major meeting facilities: Pershing Center, Lancaster Event Center, Holiday Inn, Cornhusker Marriott, Embassy Suites Attractions: University of Nebraska, State Capitol, Historic Haymarket

Lincoln, The Prairie Capital City, has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s most beloved cities. Whether you want first-class accommodations or a budget-minded meeting space, Lincoln has the right venue for you. In addition to our many hotels and bed and breakfasts, Lincoln offers literally hundreds of choices of where to eat, sleep, work, shop, relax and play for any interest or budget. Lincoln offers a variety of flexible meeting spaces from event centers with state-of-the-art facilities to gracious hotels with conference rooms to that perfectly appointed little bed and breakfast. Lincoln hotels offer 194,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and exhibit space in a two-mile radius of downtown. Pershing Center is a muti-purpose event facility capable of hosting meetings, tradeshows, sports, concerts, family entertainment and more. Versatility allows Pershing to host meetings of 20 to audiences of 7,000. Nebraska State Fair Park has more than 16 muti-purpose buildings located on 325 acres. The Lancaster Event Center features 190,000 sq. ft. of open-air pavilions. Lincoln has everything from well-equipped bed and breakfast rooms to fullservice hotels. Lincoln has 48 hotels with 4,040 hotel rooms and 20 bed and breakfast rooms.

Nebraska City

A Refreshing New Perspective on Green Meeting Space Lied Lodge & Conference Center • Denise Munderloh

Rooms/suites: 144 Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 4,672 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: Tree Adventure Lied Greenhouse Exploratory Trail Woodland Pavilion ArborLinks Golf Course Many downtown historic Nebraska City attractions

Lied Lodge & Conference Center offers a one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly setting to host your next meeting, conference, or retreat. Our timber frame architecture and woodland acreage, paired with accredited conference standards and a commitment to service excellence, makes Lied Lodge the natural choice for your next event. • Competitive Complete Meeting Packages • Member of the International Association of Conference Centers • Complimentary high-speed and wireless internet • 24/7 in-house technical support • Relaxed dining and diverse catering options • Arbor Day® Farm Tree AdventureTM attraction offering scenic trails and interactive exhibits • Arbor LinksTM Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer • Olympic-sized indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and exercise facility Owned and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation, all Arbor Day Farm and Lied Lodge & Conference Center proceeds are used to encourage sustainable development practices around the globe and to promote conservation and healthier communities through tree planting.



2700 Sylvan Rd • Nebraska City • NE • 68410 800-546-5433 • Fax: 402-873-8796 •

North Platte

Endless possibilities for your meetings. North Platte/Lincoln County CVB • Muriel Clark

219 S Dewey St • North Platte • NE • 69101 800-955-4528 • Fax: 308-532-5914 • Area rooms: 1,500 Airport: North Platte Regional Airport Major meeting facilities: Sandhills Convention Center/Quality Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Royal Colonial Inn, Hampton Inn, La Quinta Inn, D & N Event Center, Maranatha Bible Camp Attractions: Buffalo Bill State Historic Park, Lincoln County Historical Museum, Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, Dancing Leaf Cultural Center, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, America’s 20th Century Veterans Memorial

The tradition of western hospitality in North Platte began when Buffalo Bill built his Scout’s Rest Ranch here. Now your meetings can tap into the hospitality and professionalism exemplified by Buffalo Bill, which is still present in the staff of the North Platte CVB and the various meeting facilities throughout the city. A partnership with North Platte Community College is available to assist you with Continuing Education certification for your attendees. Conveniently located at the crossroads of US Hwy 83 and I-80, North Platte is the perfect choice for meetings with state-wide attendance. The wonderful catering staff at our two convention centers and more than 60 restaurants gives visitors nearly unlimited food choices. For entertainment and activities, there are three public golf courses, a new six-screen movie theater, bowling, go-karts and miniature golf, paintball and numerous interesting and exciting attractions. The vibrant art community hosts lectures, performances, plays and art shows. The North Platte CVB can assist you in your planning with pre-planning services, site visits, registration services, nametags and much more. Call to receive a copy of our Convention Services Guide.



Omaha Hilton Omaha • Brian Thomas

1001 Cass St • Omaha • NE • 68102 402-998-3400 • Fax: 402-998-4242 •

Travel should take you places™

Reception capacity: 900 Meeting space sq. ft.: 30,000 Rooms/suites: 450/16 Meeting rooms: 21 Largest room sq. ft.: 10,000 Onsite restaurants: 2

We feature 21 meeting rooms encompassing over 30,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space allowing for any event to be impressive and exceptional. When you require an overnight stay, we offer 450 elegant guestrooms, including 16 luxurious suites and an exclusive executive level. At the Hilton Omaha, we can meet the most demanding culinary specifications. Our catering team can look after all the details to ensure a flawless experience. Our food and beverage services extend to the Liberty Tavern, a custom-designed full-service restaurant and our coffee shop featuring StarbucksTM. Contact the Hilton Omaha for information and reservations at 402-998-3400 or visit us online at or call Hilton Direct™ at 800-321-3232.


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Scottsbluff Visit the Valley in Scotts Bluff County, Western Nebraska for your next meeting. You take care of business, and let us take care of all the details! Scotts Bluff County Tourism • Kevin Howard

1517 Broadway, Ste 104 • Scottsbluff • NE • 69361 308-632-2133 • Fax: 308-632-7128 • Area rooms: 736 Major meeting facilities: Gering Civic Center Hampton Inn and Suites Trails West Lodge Attractions: Located at the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument, and 20 minutes from Chimney Rock, the Valley offers many diverse recreational opportunities. Excellent shopping, four public golf courses (and 8 more within a 1-hour drive), museums depicting the history of the Oregon/California/ Mormon Trails, the Valley and Natural History, 12 antique shops, an outdoor amphitheater, hiking/biking/ nature trails, fishing, hunting, watersports, theatre groups/ arts centers, 8 tennis courses, 6 swimming pools, will all contribute to your enjoyment of the area.

Scotts Bluff County is centrally located with Wyoming to the west, South Dakota to our north, and Colorado to our south. This valley, carved out by the North Platte River, is home to the richest farm ground and good, honest people with warm, western hospitality that will make you feel right at home. Located on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, on the path of the Indians, fur traders, freighters, soldiers, pony express, and stage-coach, and with some of the most beautiful scenery in Nebraska, beautiful golf courses, wide open spaces, and recreational facilities, we are the meeting destination you are looking for. Our meeting/convention facilities are ready with professional staff to serve your every need. Gering Civic Center 308-436-6888 - Hampton Inn and Suites 308-635-5200 - Trails West Lodge 308-632-5707 -

South Sioux City

South Sioux City/Dakota County CVB • Donna Goodier

Area rooms: 2,500 Airports: Sioux City, IA - 12 miles, Omaha, NE - 90 miles, Sioux Falls, SD - 75 miles Major meeting facilities: Marina Inn Conference Center and The Marina Center Attractions: Ethnic and traditional restaurants, modern and native shopping, religious attractions, recreation and historical interpretive centers and monuments, fantastic golf courses, gaming and much more

Bridge the Gap between Work and Play in South Sioux City. South Sioux City, NE is a great place to have a productive and fun meeting or event! Located across the Missouri River from Sioux City, IA, South Sioux City offers all the amenities of a metropolitan area while boasting the friendliness of a small town. South Sioux City has the highest reputation for hosting any size meeting. We offer sophisticated meeting rooms, ballrooms and exhibit spaces. Whether you are having a meeting for ten or hundreds, the South Sioux City CVB staff is here to make your meeting a success. To assist you in your planning, the South Sioux City CVB will assist you with RFPs, bid presentations, site inspections, registration display with maps, brochures and attraction guides, nametags, ideas for speakers and entertainment, customized tours of area attractions, and spousal programs. While here, you can enjoy art, history, golf, boating, gaming and much more! Located in our community is excellent shopping. Enjoy shopping in malls, downtown and the surrounding area. We have many craft and antique shops, including an all-native store in Winnebago. South Sioux City is accessible from the north and south via I-29 Exit 148 and the east and west via US 20 Exit 2. Call today for your complete guide to success for great meetings in South Sioux City, NE.



3900 Dakota Ave, Ste 11 South Sioux City • NE • 68776 402-494-1307 • Fax: 402-494-5010 •

Bismarck Bismarck-Mandan CVB • Sheri Grossman

1600 Burnt Boat Dr • Bismarck • ND • 58503 800-767-3555 • Fax: 701-222-0647

Meet Outside the Ordinary.

Area rooms: 2,500 Airport: Daily jet service to and from hub cities Meeting facilities: Bismarck Convention & Event Center, 5 fullservice meeting hotels

Located in the heart of North Dakota, tucked in the scenic Missouri River Valley, Bismarck-Mandan can set the stage for your most memorable meeting. Our wide-open spaces and friendly people make it easy to put other worries aside and concentrate on recharging, networking and teambuilding. The perfect setting for your next meeting, Bismarck-Mandan offers what most cities twice its size can’t - our scenery is distinctive and our genuine hospitality is unsurpassed. It is time for your next meeting to be outside the ordinary. Discover Bismarck and Mandan, ND. Attractions: Seven public and one private golf course, antique shopping, nearby casino, riverfront activities, hunting and fishing


Dickinson Dickinson CVB • Amy Braun

72 E Museum Dr • Dickinson • ND • 58601 701-483-4988 • Fax: 701-483-9261 •

Explore the Western Edge, Dickinson, ND

Area rooms: 750 Major meeting facilities: Days Inn - Grand Dakota Lodge, Quality Inn & Suites and Elks Lodge Nearest airport: Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport - 4 miles south of Dickinson, Hwy 22

The Dickinson CVB can assist you in creating a fun, well-planned, entertaining conference where we’ve perfected Western hospitality. You will find quality conference and recreational facilities, unique shopping and friendly service throughout our community. Let us provide you with a full list of services for conventions, meetings and events. The Dickinson CVB works hard to ensure satisfaction is met for all sizes of meetings, large or small. For a free meeting planner, contact the Dickinson CVB, 800-279-7391 or fill out our RFP online at Attractions: Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Joachim Regional Museum, Prairie Outpost Park, Ukrainian Cultural Inst, West River Comm Center, Heart River Golf Course, Patterson Lake Rec Area, Theodore Roosevelt Natl Park, Enchanted Hwy and Bully Pulpit Golf Course




Always Warm Always high quality, always great value, always warm welcomes. Fargo-Moorhead CVB • Teri Onsgard, DOS

2001 44th St S • Fargo • ND • 58103 800-235-7654 or 701-365-4560 • Fax: 701-282-4366 • Area rooms: 4,100 Airport: Hector International Airport - 2 miles Meeting facilities: For a full list of meeting facilities visit our website or contact us directly for a complimentary Meeting Planner Guide Attractions: Hjemkomst Center, Fargo Air Museum, Fargo Theatre, Bonanzaville, Red River Zoo, Plains Art Museum, The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, The Comstock House, FargoDome, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, FargoMoorhead Civic Opera, Roger Maris Museum, West Acres Regional Shopping Center, Moorhead Center Mall, Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, Maury Wills Museum, Thunder Road Family Fun Park, Rourke Art Museum, North Dakota Horse Park, S.S. Ruby Pontoon

Fargo-Moorhead is one of the friendliest places in America! This is a fun, warm-hearted community of two cities in two states with a population of over 195,000. We also have more than 4,100 sleeping rooms, over 300 restaurants, and the largest selection of shopping opportunities in the upper Midwest. We’re a combination of metropolitan style and hometown hospitality. There’s also plenty to do during your off hours: • See the last Vikings ship to sail the Atlantic and experience its thrilling voyage. • Walk through a pioneer village with authentic buildings from our prairie past. • Engage your sense of wonder at a zoo that specializes in rare and endangered species. • Pay homage to heroes at our air museum with planes that still fly. • There’s also a restored movie theatre from the 1920s as well as unique art museums. • We have a feast of festivals for you to choose from during your stay. You can get here from there! We are located at the intersection of interstate highways I-94 and I-29. Our 20 daily jet flights serve four hub cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City. Fargo-Moorhead loves visitors! Visit us and we’ll show you.

Grand Forks

Simply Grand Greater Grand Forks CVB • Deb Stewart

4251 Gateway Dr • Grand Forks • ND • 58203 800-866-4566 • Fax: 701-746-0775 •


Area rooms: 1,900 Airport: Grand Forks Intl - 5 miles Major meeting facilities: Alerus Center, Best Western Town House, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Canad Inn Destination Center Attractions: Concerts and events at Ralph Engelstad Arena, Alerus Center and Chester Fritz Auditorium, King’s Walk Golf Course, Greenway Recreation Trail, Farmer’s Market (summer), Northern Heights Rock Gym, Cabela’s - World’s Foremost Outfitter


Sometimes there are crisp winds, but they are always melted by the warm welcome you will receive in Greater Grand Forks. Located in both North Dakota and Minnesota, these Grand Cities are any meeting planner’s dream come true. Affordable, friendly service is what we pride ourselves with. We are lucky enough to have a first-rate meeting facility located directly off I-29 in Grand Forks. The Alerus Center is the largest sports, convention and entertainment facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Recently opened in 2001, it is technologically advanced in our ever-changing world. The state-ofthe-art facility has more than 145,000 sq. ft. available for banquets, meetings and exhibits with a variety of powerful sound systems and presentation hookups. The Alerus Center also has onsite catering for flexibility and variety. For even more convenience, Canad Inn Destination Center is now open. The complex, which is attached to the Alerus Center, includes a 201-room hotel and waterpark. The CVB offers a variety of complimentary services to ensure the success of any meeting or convention in Greater Grand Forks. For more information, call 800-866-4566 or visit our website at

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My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn速 hotels of Northeast Ohio Holiday Inn hotels of Northeast Ohio 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Akron-West


166 rooms, 6,144 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Canton (Belden Village)


194 rooms, 4,419 sq. ft. of meeting space 146 rooms, 6,152 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cleveland-Airport


Holiday Inn Cleveland-Beachwood


169 rooms

Holiday Inn Select Cleveland-City Center Lakeshore


377 rooms, 10,780 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cleveland-East (Wickliffe)


215 rooms, 8,081 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cleveland-Elyria/Lorain


248 rooms, 9,253 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cleveland-Mayfield


115 rooms, 2,915 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Cleveland-South Independence


364 rooms, 17,095 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Select Cleveland-Strongsville (Airport)


303 rooms, 8,652 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hudson (Akron Area)


239 rooms, 16,995 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Mansfield-Conference Center


139 rooms, 6,338 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Youngstown-North Metroplex Center


153 rooms, 25,550 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Youngstown-South (Boardman)


158 rooms, 8,214 sq. ft. of meeting space


My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn速 hotels of Ohio Valley Holiday Inn hotels of Ohio Valley 1-800-HOLIDAY

Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Riverfront 600 W Third St Covington, KY 41011 Lexington Hotels Holiday Inn Lexington-North 1950 Newtown Pike Lexington, KY 40511 Louisville Hotels Holiday Inn Louisville-SW (Fair & Expo Ctr) 4110 Dixie Hwy Louisville, KY 40216

Ohio Cincinnati Area-OH Hotels Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Eastgate (I-275E) 4501 Eastgate Blvd Cincinnati, OH 45245

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites CMH Airport-Columbus 750 Stelzer Rd Columbus, OH 43219

Holiday Inn Cincinnati-I-275 North 3855 Hauck Rd Sharonville, OH 45241

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Columbus Fort Rapids Waterpark 4560 Hilton Corp Dr Columbus, OH 43232

Columbus Hotels Holiday Inn Columbus-City Center 175 E Town St Columbus, OH 43215

Dayton Hotels Holiday Inn Dayton-Mall I-75 & Rt 725 31 Prestige Plaza Dr Miamisburg, OH 45342


Kentucky Cincinnati Area-KY Hotels Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Airport 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd Erlanger, KY 41018

Holiday Inn Columbus-Ohio State Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn 1-675 Univ Area 2800 Presidential Dr 328 W Lane Ave Fairborn, OH 45324 Columbus, OH 43201 Wilmington Hotels Holiday Inn Wilmington 123 Gano Rd Wilmington, OH 45177



No one hosts a meeting like Mother Nature. Take your next event into the great wide open. Ohio State Park Resorts & Conference Centers PO Box 550 • Cambridge • OH • 43725 740-439-3757 • Fax: 740-432-5871

When you think of meetings, what do you imagine? Most likely, it’s small chairs huddled around a big conference table. Walls surrounding you on every side. The only view in sight is whatever the presenter is projecting onto the screen. At Ohio State Park Resorts and Conference Centers, we have a different point of view on meetings and events. We see lush, panoramic landscapes full of vibrant possibilities - all courtesy of Mother Nature. Ample space for your group to stretch out and think. Plus, recreational team-building activities that redefine the term “breakout session.” No matter if you choose a secluded getaway or a resort near the city, you will find all the services and facilities your event needs to thrive. This includes state-of-the-art technology and expert audiovisual support staff. For meals and snacks, there are restaurants offering gourmet dining and full-service catering. Best of all, our on-site meeting planners can assist with planning activities for your group when it’s time to take a break. So bring the very best of the great outdoors into your meeting. To plan your next event, log on to or contact Dianna Rom at 330-723-5977 or


Akron rooms: 4,900+ Akron/Summit CVB • Jim Mahon, Director of Marketing & Communications Area Major meeting facilities:


77 E Mill St • Akron • OH • 44308 330-374-7560 or 800-245-4254 • Fax: 330-374-7626 •

Greater Akron/Summit County, Ohio… Take Another Look!

Radisson Hotel Akron City Centre, Holiday Inn Hudson, Sheraton Suites, Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, Four Points Sheraton & Hilton Garden Inn Akron-Canton Airport

Located within the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, the Akron/Summit CVB offers meeting/ event planners the most comprehensive information on area meeting facilities, exposition centers and local points of interest. A variety of complimentary services are available, including RFP service, itinerary development and collateral materials. Our area boasts ten full-service hotels, a variety of limited services properties and the area’s premier meeting and exposition venue, the 123,000 sq. ft. John S. Knight Center. Attractions: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Hale Farm & Village, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Akron Civic Theatre, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall & Harry London Chocolate Factory. Request a complete destination planning packet today!


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New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County CVB • Chrissy Blackwell

124 E High Ave • New Philadelphia • OH • 44663 330-602-2420 • Fax: 330-602-2433

Escape! Experience! Enjoy!

Area rooms: 1,000 Airport: Akron-Canton (CAK) - 35 miles Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek, McDonald/Marlite Conference Center

Tuscarawas County offers you a relaxing escape while conducting business. With over 30 meeting rooms available in various sizes in the county, we’re perfect for almost any meeting, from a small, corporate retreat to a multi-day conference. Your attendees will also find a variety of lodging, from quaint bed and breakfasts to nationallyrecognized name brand hotels. A convenient location and the site of outdoor beauty and plentiful events is the reason visitors make trips and return stops to Tuscarawas County each year, and this is why you should plan your next meeting with us. Attractions: Amish Country, Warther Carvings, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, J.E. Reeves Victorian Home, and Zoar Village



Beyond Expectations Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center • Maris Brenner 7000 Kalahari Dr • Sandusky • OH • 44870 877-NIA-MTGS • 419-433-7748 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 95,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 17,200 Meeting rooms: 25 Reception capacity: 2,200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3 restaurants, 2 lounges and room service

Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio has become the premier stand-alone hotel and meetings facility in the region. Filling a significant void in combining event space and accommodations, the NIA Center at Kalahari Resort (NIA: Swahili for purpose) is now the only facility in the region to provide an “under one roof” conference experience. Featuring 95,000 sq. ft. of versatile function space, 884 attached guest rooms (including 133 executive style suites), onsite restaurants, shops, Spa Kalahari, and America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari is the perfect location for your next purposeful meeting or event. The property features 25 total meeting rooms, including a 17,200 sq. ft. grand ballroom which is divisible by eight, two 3,500 sq. ft. junior ballrooms, four unique African hutinspired meeting rooms and an executive conference center. Kalahari, where everything truly is under one roof!



Rooms/suites: 884



Life’s Simple Pleasures. Greater Springfield CVB • Kathy McPommell

20 S Limestone St, Ste 100 • Springfield • OH • 45502 937-325-7621 • Fax: 937-325-8765

Area rooms: 1,203 Airport: Dayton Intl - 27 miles


Major meeting facilities: Courtyard by Marriott, Champions Center, Holiday Inn, Casey’s Restaurant Attractions: Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House, Pennsylvania House, Gammon House, Splash Zone Waterpark


For 200 years, Springfield has been a destination for travelers from all parts of the globe and from all walks of life. With a culture rich in heritage, ingenuity and creativity - there is certainly no lack of vacation and meeting destinations for both groups and individuals alike. Our All-America City has been nominated by Newsweek Magazine as a city that encapsulates the “American Dream.” Rapidly expanding economic forces coupled with a vibrant arts and entertainment culture makes for a dynamic destination city. The Greater Springfield region offers a wide variety of meeting spaces for almost any type of event. With locations in both the downtown and the outlying area - Springfield is quickly becoming a regional favorite for gatherings of all types. The Greater Springfield CVB stands ready to assist you with planning needs including space rental, room blocks, directions and welcome gifts. Let us help make your event a memorable one!

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Toledo - do what refreshes you. Greater Toledo CVB • Mary Sayre

Rooms/suites: 7,000 Attractions nearby: Raceway Park Toledo Mud Hens Toledo Museum of Art Toledo Speedway Toledo Zoo Meeting facilities: SeaGate Convention Centre - 75,000 sq. ft. Eleanor N. Dana Conference Center Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Clarion Westgate Hilton Hotel Toledo Holiday Inn French Quarter Hotel Seagate Maumee Bay Resort Park Inn Toledo Toledo Riverfront Hotel

Planning a convention, meeting, vacation or weekend getaway? Do yourself a favor, do Toledo! Located at I-75 and the 80/90 Turnpike, Toledo is a pleasant four-hour drive east of Chicago, three hours north of Columbus and two hours west of Cleveland. Air travel into Toledo is easily accessible via Toledo Express or Detroit Metro (40-minute drive north). Once you arrive, you’ll find our 7,000+ hotel rooms in varieties and prices to satisfy any occasion. Convention groups often take advantage of the beautifully restored historic 900-seat Valentine Theatre Complex for their general session. Another unique meeting venue for special events is the $27 million Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. The dramatic space mission simulation at the Challenger Learning Center provides a powerful team development experience for corporate groups. Downtown Toledo will soon be home to a new multi-purpose arena. Expected to open in the fall of 2009, this “green” facility opens up a new opportunity for hosting larger conventions and tradeshows as well as entertainment presentations including concerts, sporting events and family productions. Golfers say the award-winning courses at Maumee Bay Resort and Eagles Landing on the shores of Lake Erie are masterpieces to be enjoyed again and again. River cruises, Mud Hens baseball, symphony, ballet, theatre, charter fishing, harness racing, ARCA stock car races, do it all! For more information and to sign up to receive your do Card for great discounts, call the Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-243-4667 or visit online at



401 Jefferson Ave • Toledo • OH • 43604 800-243-4667 Ext 5050 • Fax: 419-255-7731 •


Where Great Conventions Happen Aberdeen CVB • Nancy Krumm

PO Box 78 • Aberdeen • SD • 57402 800-645-3851 • Fax: 605-225-3573 •

Area rooms: 854 Major meeting facilities: Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Ramada Inn & Convention Center, AmericInn Lodge Suites & Conference Center Attractions: Storybook Land and Land of Oz, Wylie Park, Granary Rural Cultural Center, Dakota Prairie Museum, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Socializing in a majestic castle? Visiting Storybook Land or Land of Oz? How about stepping back in time while visiting a local Hutterite Colony? Or taking a Great Aberdeen Mystery Geo-tour? Where else can your convention attendees have these one-of-a-kind experiences? No matter the group, we have one goal: to help you plan and host a great event. Picture how great you will feel as we take the worry out of hosting your group. Our three convention and meeting facilities have over 31,250 sq. ft. of meeting space, with other meeting facilities throughout the city. Affordable rates, great shopping, attractions, special tours, and friendly professional people are why meeting planners love Aberdeen. And our customers tell the story: “I’ve had many people tell me this was the best conference they have been to.” Kim Markley, SD Assessing Officers Let the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau be your guide to a great convention experience in Aberdeen, SD, the “Land of Oohs and Oz!”


Brookings Swiftel Center • Jenny Hammrich

824 32nd Ave • Brookings • SD • 57006 605-692-7539 • Fax: 605-697-6393 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,275 Meeting rooms: 6 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,000

Whether you demand a fully-appointed space of grand proportions for a tradeshow or a flexible area to host a meeting, the Swiftel Center offers a variety of spaces certain to accommodate any requirement and expectation. We’ll make your event special from start to finish with the versatility and flexibility that can create the most traditional to the most unique environments for your event. Our staff and facilities are designed to support functions of any scope or size, at any time, day or night. Personalized catering services from Treat America. Call us today to book your next event.



Swiftel Center - Midwest Hospitality at its BEST


Where Great Conventions Happen Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex Jamie VanDeest

709 Main St • Deadwood • SD • 57732 800-688-1876 • Fax: 605-578-1366 •

Rooms/suites: 80 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,103 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 135 Golf courses nearby: 3 within 15 miles Onsite restaurant: 1

Located in the highest reaches of the fabled Black Hills of South Dakota, the Silverado Franklin is Deadwood’s largest and most elegant hotel and casino. With more than 360 state-of-the-art slots, 80 rooms, the largest selection of table games in the region and an outstanding Grand Buffet in our 300-seat restaurant, the Silverado Franklin remains the preferred choice for motorcoach operators throughout America. Built in 1903, the fabled Franklin Hotel has housed many famous guests in its time, including Teddy Roosevelt, John Wayne and Big & Rich. Its intricate Victorian styling can be seen from the vintage tin ceilings on the main floor to the veranda above the white-columned hotel entrance, which affords guests a spectacular view down Deadwood’s historic Main Street.


We Built it For You! Huron Event Center • Brenda Jager

100 4th St SW • Huron • SD • 57350 800-876-5858 • Fax: 605-352-8321 • Airport: Huron Regional Reception capacity: 1,500 Meeting space sq. ft.: 34,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 8,175 Area rooms: 430 Meeting rooms: 19 Onsite restaurant: 1 Golf courses nearby: 3


Attractions: 3 golf courses, Outdoor Murals Arts Project, Hutterite Colony tours, agriculture tours, museums, shopping and special events


The Huron Event Center - No need to look any further! Compare it to similar venues and you’ll quickly realize there is something different about the Huron Event Center. Unlike other facilities, the Huron Event Center is a product of the entire community of Huron, SD working together to create a meeting experience unlike any other. This beautiful, stateof-the-art facility offers 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in the heart of downtown with hometown hospitality and service. Combine this with the attached Huron Arena with stadium seating for 6,000 and exhibition space of 14,000 sq. ft., your opportunities are endless. Attention to detail, a desire to please, a commitment to success, the Huron Event Center has established a first-class reputation unparalleled to others. Huron Event Center & Huron Arena - One big venue. • 34,000 sq. ft. • Stadium seating over 6,000 • 19 meeting rooms • Shopping • 100 onsite guestrooms

• Entertainment • Exquisite cuisine • Museums • Conference space for 600 • Convenient location

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Rapid City

Rapid City - Where Meetings Become Adventures Rapid City CVB • Lisa Storms, Sales Manager

444 Mount Rushmore Rd N Rapid City • SD • 57701 800-487-3223 Ext 8487 • Fax: 605-348-9217 • Embraced by the forested Black Hills, Rapid City is at the heart of one of the highest concentrations of public parks, monuments and memorials in the world. Throw in major Area rooms: 5,156 rooms convention facilities, and you’ve got more than an unforgettable meeting. You’ve got an in and around Rapid City adventure. Rapid City meetings start at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. With 150,000 sq. ft. of Airport: Rapid City event space, a 1,752-seat theater, a 10,000-seat arena and another 6,500-seat arena under Regional construction, it’s more than big. State-of-the-art audio visual equipment, wireless Internet, a food court and thousands of free parking spaces help make the civic center an easy place to Major meeting facility: Rushmore Plaza Civic plan a meeting. Outside is a seven-acre park, with a walking path to the hotels, restaurants, Center, 150,000 sq. ft. shops and nightlife venues of Rapid City’s downtown. Bigger adventure isn’t hard to find. Just a half-hour from Rapid City are Mount Attractions: Rushmore and Crazy Horse, two of the largest mountain carvings in the world. The wild Mount Rushmore National buffalo of Custer State Park, the eroded cliffs of Badlands National Park and the sheer rock Memorial, Crazy Horse, walls of Devils Tower National Monument are all less than two hours away. Custer State Park And getting here has never been easier. Located at the center of the nation, Rapid City is equidistant from both coasts. Rapid City Regional Airport has direct flights from Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Salt Lake City on five major airlines. With Interstate 90 running right through it, Rapid City also is easy to reach by land. And because Rapid City has a warmer climate than Minneapolis and more sunny days than Miami and Honolulu, delegates spend less time worrying about the weather and more time exploring the region’s wonders. To find out how to make your next meeting an adventure in Rapid City, log on to or call 800-487-3223.

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls – The Heart of America Sioux Falls CVB • Jessica Pappas, Director of Sales

200 N Phillips Ave, Ste 102 Sioux Falls • SD • 57104 800-333-2072 or 605-336-1620 • Fax: 605-336-6499 • Area rooms: Over 4,000 Airport: Sioux Falls - 3 miles Major meeting facilities: Sioux Falls Convention Center, plus 3 major hotel facilities


A few of Sioux Falls’ many attractions: Falls Park, Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, shopping, Sertoma Butterfly House, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, The Outdoor Campus, Prairie Star Gallery


Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, is located in The Heart of America at the junction of I-90 and I-29, is easily accessible by major airlines offering connections to more than 200 domestic cities as well as many international destinations, and has all the offerings of a big city! Remarkable accommodations, a historic downtown, homegrown restaurants, rich arts and culture, abundant shopping, professional sports, water parks, area wineries and a wide variety of entertainment and attractions await your arrival! Experience Falls Park, home to a triple waterfall, visitor information center, fivestory viewing tower, Overlook Café, historic ruins and Horse Barn Arts Center. The park is visited by people from all over the world. The Sioux Falls Convention Center offers over 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space, including a 16,800 sq. ft. ballroom and 12 breakout rooms, and an 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena. Nearly 1,300 hotel rooms are within a one-mile radius of the complex, with over 575 just a few steps away. Additionally, several hotels in the city also offer exceptional meeting space for large convention groups. “We were warmly welcomed everywhere we went. This was due to the excellent groundwork covered by the CVB staff. This says a lot about the integrity and professionalism of the CVB’s staff. Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) had a very successful convention in Sioux Falls. A large part of the success was due to the CVB and we are thankful for them and grateful for their services.” - Berdette Zastrow, 2006 AGLOW Convention Chair

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We Make Meetings Memorable! Spearfish Convention Center • Jo Caskey

PO Box 550 • Spearfish • SD • 57783 605-642-2626 • Fax: 605-642-7310 •

Rooms/suites: 145 Meeting space sq. ft.: 11,232 Largest room sq. ft.: 11,232 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 1,000

The Holiday Inn offers its state-of-the-art convention center for all your business meeting, retreat and convention needs. Exceptional food, stylish and comfortable rooms and our highly trained staff ensure that your guests will have great memories of a successful event. The beautiful Black Hills offer endless possibilities for your leisure time entertainment. Spearfish is known as the cultural center of the Black Hills. Enjoy a variety of evening entertainment. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Northern Hills provide, hiking and fishing in Spearfish Canyon, complete with waterfall mountain vistas. Golf is also available and winter sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling can also be scheduled for your guests’ and their spouses’ entertainment.

26,000 sq. ft. facility • 13 meeting rooms Audiovisual equipment Spacious, relaxing lobby • Registration area Theme parties • Specialty menus • Activity planning

Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1


Elegant to Casual… Just Plain Fun Watertown CVB • Karen D. Witt, CHSP, Executive Director 1200 33rd St SE • PO Box 225 Watertown • SD • 57201 605-886-5814 • Fax: 605-886-5957 •

Golf courses: 2 Area rooms: 735 Located on I-29 and US 212, Watertown, SD Mileage: Minneapolis, 200 Fargo, 140 Sioux Falls, 100 Omaha, 300 Airport: Watertown Municipal - direct daily flights to/from Minneapolis

Experience the Watertown Event Center! It’s new, it’s beautiful and it has all you need to host your important event. If you like sunlight, you’ll love this new facility. The 32,000 sq. ft. facility includes a large ballroom accommodating 1,000 for banquets, over 1,200 theater-style, 16 separate meeting rooms, highly visible exhibit space/reception area, plus a beautiful state-of-the-art theater for seminars or entertainment with “the best” in lighting, sound and technology. Onsite food service and catering by the attached Minerva’s Restaurant and accommodations at the Best Western Ramkota Inn. Other accommodations include 750 motel rooms and various other facilities available in Watertown. Large exhibit halls and meeting facilities to fit smaller groups. Special welcome receptions available at our beautiful attractions, including the spectacular Terry Redlin Art Center, golf courses, lakes and more. Located in northeast South Dakota along I-29 and US 212, close to Minnesota and North Dakota borders. Great location for tri-state meetings. Professional services and hospitality is our specialty. One-on-one planning assistance.



Home of the Terry Redlin Art Center


My Meeting Partner: Holiday Inn® hotels of Wisconsin Holiday Inn hotels of Wisconsin 1-800-HOLIDAY Holiday Inn Select Appleton


Holiday Inn Conference Center Marshfield


228 rooms, 5,424 sq. ft. of meeting space 91 rooms, 5,836 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Eau Claire - Campus Area/I-94


137 rooms, 6,840 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Fond du Lac


139 rooms, 7,004 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Green Bay - City Centre


146 rooms, 8,841 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Harborview - Port Washington


96 rooms, 840 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites La Crosse


114 rooms, 500 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center


139 rooms, 2,460 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West


157 rooms, 3,620 sq. ft. of meeting space 204 rooms, 18,051 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Manitowoc


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Milwaukee Airport


130 rooms, 308 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Neenah


107 rooms, 9,080 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Stevens Point - Convention Center


127 rooms, 20,212 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Tomah - Exit 143


100 rooms, 3,624 sq. ft. of meeting space

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Wausau-Rothschild


148 rooms, 9,365 sq. ft. of meeting space


Give your next meeting the unconventional thinking it deserves. Think Wisconsin



Think Wisconsin for meetings and conventions. With exciting new facilities, attractions and inviting hotels and resorts, Wisconsin is ready, willing and combines big city culture and sophistication with small town charm, friendliness and affordability to make it a top Midwest meeting, convention or tradeshow destination. Whether it’s a small retreat or major national convention, Wisconsin has the perfect venue for you. Long favored as the Midwest’s premier, four-season vacation destination, Wisconsin has become a popular place for conventions and meetings of all shapes and sizes. Take a look at our top-notch facilities, incredible variety of recreational and cultural activities, reasonable costs and legendary levels of service. You’ll see why growing numbers of planners are turning and returning to Wisconsin for guaranteed meeting success. To start planning your Wisconsin meeting or convention, log on to The official Wisconsin website for meeting planners boasts a comprehensive, searchable database of Wisconsin meeting and convention facilities, plus the ability to submit a request for proposal and easily contact convention and visitors bureaus statewide.



Magical Meetings Fox Cities CVB • Mae Ibe, CMP

3433 W College Ave • Appleton • WI • 54914 800-236-MEET • Fax: 920-734-1080 • Area rooms: 3,100 Airport: ATW (Outagamie County Regional Airport) - 2 miles Major meeting facilities: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Garden Inn/Liberty Hall, Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk, Best Western Bridgewood Resort & Conference Center, Holiday Inn Select Attractions: Fox River Mall, Fox Cities PAC, Paper Discovery Center, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, A.K.A. Houdini exhibit at Outagamie Museum

Wisconsin’s Fox Cities offer visitors urban style in 18 communities that haven’t lost their small town warmth or affordability. Groups ten to 2,000 will get exceptional service at more than 17 facilities in one of America’s safest communities. Located in the heart of Northeastern Wisconsin’s “paper valley” and home to a number of Fortune 100 manufacturers, the Fox Cities are a three-hour drive north of Chicago. Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) is served by Northwest, Delta, United and Midwest airlines, ensuring easy air access on more than 30 flights per day. The city of Appleton is home to a large downtown convention hotel and entertainment district. Meeting planners and attendees enjoy the “walkability” downtown Appleton offers during a convention. Nightlife abounds in the area with live music and dancing at many clubs and a variety of other nightlife options. Along with great shopping, the Fox Cities offer diverse cultural opportunities and excellent restaurants. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center features top-notch Broadway shows and many local and regional performers. Fox Cities Stadium fills the summer with Minor League Baseball, and a spectacular children’s museum, planetarium and earth science museum provide hours of entertainment and education. Many of our attractions are available for meetings, dinners and receptions. The Fox Cities CVB has a seasoned staff to serve your meeting planning needs. All Bureau services are FREE, including site selection assistance, visitor packets, name badges, delegate folders, service provider referrals, volunteers to assist with registration and more! Please call 800-236-MEET to request a Meeting Planner’s Guide or visit the Meeting Planner’s section of our website:


Radisson Paper Valley Hotel • Cindy Foley, CMP

333 W College Ave • Appleton • WI • 54911 800-242-3499 • Fax: 920-733-2828 •

The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel offers the perfect setting for conventions, business meetings and social events. We can accommodate groups from 20 to 2,000 people with state-of-the-art conference and meeting amenities. Our superb food and beverage reputation is second to none. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is currently the only hotel in Wisconsin to boast four certified meeting professionals on staff to assist you. Meeting rooms: 26 Located in vibrant Downtown Appleton, our hotel continues to be recognized Meeting space sq. ft.: as one of the Midwest’s finest hotels. With the opening of the adjacent Fox Cities 37,000 Performing Arts Center and the creation of a downtown Entertainment District, the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is at the center of all downtown activity. Our Reception capacity: hotel is centrally located between the major metro areas of Wisconsin. Voted Grand Ballroom, 1,500 “Best Hotel for Business Meetings” (by Corporate Report Wisconsin), it is a prime Onsite restaurants: 5 destination for any type of business meeting, convention or leisure activity. The hotel offers: • 390 completely renovated guestrooms including an exclusive concierge plaza • 26 flexible meeting rooms • Indoor pool, whirlpool • Sauna and recreation center • Extensive fitness center complimentary to our guests • Legendary Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse • Five restaurants • Concierge/bell staff services • Attached covered parking for up to 1,600 vehicles • Walking distance to restaurants, clubs, shopping and historical sites • Free wireless Internet access in our guestrooms, lobby and restaurants. Rooms/suites: 395 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites including a concierge plaza

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Ashland AmericInn Ashland • Susie Gawriluk

3009 Lakeshore Dr E • Ashland • WI • 54806 715-614-9663 • Fax: 715-682-9964 •

Meet Overlooking Lake Superior

Rooms/suites: 94 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,580 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 450 Golf courses nearby: 2

Spectacular lake views from the Events Center as well as from many rooms, some with balconies, patios and whirlpools. Events Center newly built in 2004, divides into three spaces with high-tech audiovisual and full catering. Located on US 2 on three acres along 2,000 ft. of Lake Superior. Five minutes from downtown Ashland and the Deep Water Grille, 30 minutes from Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. Free WiFi, continental breakfast, business center, ample parking. Gazebo and terrific outdoor space for breaks and receptions and Splashland Waterpark indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool.


Minutes From Milwaukee. Miles From Expected. Brookfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

17100 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 203 • Brookfield • WI • 53005 1-800-388-1835 • Fax: 262-789-0221 • Area rooms: 2,033 Nearest airport: General Mitchell International Airport - 19 miles Major meeting facilities: 13 hotels, Majestic Theatre, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Attractions: Milwaukee County Zoo, Miller Park - Home to the Milwaukee Brewers, Harley Davidson Plant, Miller Brewery

Brookfield, Wisconsin is a welcoming suburban community just ten miles west of downtown Milwaukee. Guests enjoy countless dining options, numerous specialty shops, spas and golf courses - all within minutes of Milwaukee’s most popular attractions. Visitors also benefit from easy access to I-94 and miles of free parking. Our 13 hotels are in the mix of it all and offer an array of rates and amenities. New In Brookfield Unlike anything else in the area, Brookfield is home to the Majestic Theatre - a 16screen complex including two theaters with 72-ft.-wide UltraScreens. The Majestic features the AT&T Palladium, a theater that doubles as a venue for live events offering meals and drinks with tableside service.

New dining and shopping attractions are always being added. Just recently, nine new restaurants opened their doors in the community, including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Monsoon’s Wok & Lounge and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. This past summer, The Fresh Market also opened, which captures the atmosphere of an old world European shopping market. A Unique Place to Meet Unique meeting space is offered within Brookfield’s newest cultural center, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. This dynamic attraction includes a 619-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium (pictured above), a grand hall and multi-functional spaces.

Cable Telemark Resort & Convention Center • Laura Alten

42225 Telemark Rd • Box 609 • Cable • WI • 54821 715-798-3999 Ext #548 • Fax: 715-798-3995 •

Meet, Play & Relax at a Unique Northwoods Destination

Reception capacity: 500 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,591 Rooms/suites: 196 Meeting rooms: 13 Golf courses nearby: 4 Onsite restaurants: 2

Attractions: Cross-country ski, snow tube, snowshoe, snowmobile, snowboard, golf, bike, disc golf, mini golf, hike, swim, canoe, fly-in



Telemark Resort and Convention Center offers you a combination of abundant indoor meeting space with acres of room for outdoor recreation. The largest meeting destination in the region, Telemark has 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting, banquet and exhibit space for ten to 500 attendees. For your meeting, seminar, retreat or conference, our experienced and professional meeting planner staff is most attentive to your every need. Telemark is located in the towering forests of Northwest Wisconsin and is situated on 900 acres of protected land. A four-season resort, we offer you the best in food service and recreation any time of the year. Plan a meeting with us that everyone will thank you for! Your Northwoods Adventure Resort.


Setting the Regional Standard for Casual Elegance and the Full-service Resort Lake Lawn Resort • Sales

2400 E Geneva St • Delavan • WI • 53115 262-728-7900 • Fax: 262-728-7976

Area rooms: 279 Meeting space sq. ft.: 32,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,170 Meeting rooms: 20 Reception capacity: 600 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

With over 120 years of hospitality experience, Lake Lawn Resort is located on 250 acres of Delavan Lake shoreline with huge oaks and maples shading the sweeping lawns for which it is named. The 279 guestrooms, each with a balcony or patio, include kings, queen doubles, loft rooms with four beds on two levels and one-bedroom suites with parlor area and fireplace. The Conference Center has 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting space accommodating events of up to 600 people. The 20 meeting rooms and beautiful grounds make indoor and outdoor events truly out of the ordinary. The professional staff and business center make any corporate event go smoothly. The sprawling property is home to an 18-hole golf course re-designed by Dick Nugent and is challenging to golfers of all skill levels. Other resort amenities include driving range, spa and fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, co-ed whirlpool, softball diamond, sand volleyball court, basketball and tennis courts, beach area, mini golf course, children’s playground and acres of trails for biking or walking. The Frontier Restaurant and Lounge, Manny’s Deli and the Lookout Lounge offer a variety of food and beverage options, ideal for individuals and small groups.

Eau Claire

Chippewa Valley… The Unexpected Wisconsin Chippewa Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

3625 Gateway Dr • Eau Claire • WI • 54701 1-888-523-3866 • Fax: 715-831-2340 • Area rooms: 2,400 Major meeting facilities: Best Western Trail Lodge Eau Claire County Expo Center Holiday Inn Campus Holiday Manor Inn & Conference Center Plaza Hotel & Suites Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center University of WI-Eau Claire White’s Wildwood Retreat


Attractions: Eau Claire Express Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre Mable Tainter Memorial Theater Chippewa Valley Museum Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Action City


Welcome to the Chippewa Valley! Let us help you plan your next meeting or conference - from finding the perfect accommodations to booking alternate venues and coordinating fun and interesting leisure activities for your group. We’ll work with you, to help ensure that your meeting is a success. The Chippewa Valley is located in the rolling hills and river valleys of west central Wisconsin, just an hour from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The area offers over 85 meeting rooms with 135,000 sq. ft of meeting space. From elegant ballrooms to rustic retreats, from local specialties to fine dining, from high tech to high touch, we’ll work with you to meet your specific needs. Select from a diverse array of visitor attractions that match your group’s interest and schedule. Relax in our natural beauty. Enjoy our parks, biking/ hiking trails, lakes and rivers, and scenic - yet forgiving - golf courses. Service sets us apart, and we’re happy to also assist with guest speakers, name badges, registration, and welcome bags. When you select the Chippewa Valley, you’ll be surrounded by an atmosphere of genuine warmth and Midwestern hospitality. We’re proud of our rich history and natural beauty, and proud to be of service to you. Welcome to the Chippewa Valley - we hope to greet you soon!

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Egg Harbor

Rest easy naturally Landmark Resort • Jeff Larson

7643 Hillside Rd • Egg Harbor • WI • 54209 800-273-7877 • Fax: 920-868-2569

Creating exceptional meetings and memorable events.

Rooms/suites: 294 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,500 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 230 Golf course nearby: 4 Onsite restaurants: 1

Nestled in the natural beauty of Door County’s landscape, the Landmark Resort offers guests quiet charm and simple hospitality. Situated on a breathtaking 40-acre property, the Landmark Resort is the perfect setting for a quiet retreat or an elaborate gala. Sprawling along a wooded bluff, 294 units within four buildings feature accommodations to meet every guest’s needs. Each of the spacious one, two and three-bedroom condominium suites is tastefully appointed, reflecting Door County’s relaxed attitude. With alternate views of the forested countryside or Green Bay’s glistening waters, the suites include a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, deck or patio within a smoke-free environment. All of the units are air-conditioned, feature cable television access, and a DVD player. Free wireless internet is accessible throughout the complex. The Landmark Resort’s banquet and meeting facilities provide for conferences, weddings or special events for groups up to 230 people. The staff is knowledgeable and experienced in planning a conference or memorable day, and consistently provides a picture perfect event. Our experienced staff will help you successfully plan and execute your event… with your budget in mind.

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Newport Resort - In the Center of Door County! Newport Resort • Denise Stillman

7888 Church St • Egg Harbor • WI • 54209 800-468-6160 or 920-868-9900 • Fax: 920-868-2401 •

Rooms/suites: 59 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,000 Meeting rooms: 2 Reception capacity: 60 Golf course nearby: 11

Have a productive meeting and a great getaway in this top tourist spot Door County has nature, arts and cuisine. You can be productive and enjoy yourself at the same time - at Newport Resort!


Entertainment: Sunset Concert Cruises, wineries, Peninsula Players, Birch Creek Music Center, theaters, museums, shopping

Newport Resort features one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna, fitness room, game room. Complimentary continental breakfast served to all of our guests daily. The entire property is smoke free. Two flexible meeting spaces available. Catering, cook-outs and other food service is available. Our staff can help you plan activities from golf to charter fishing. Charming Door County style with all of the modern convenience and technology. Wireless Internet is available in all of the suites and common areas. Great location in the quaint village of Egg Harbor, walking distance from Door County attractions, shops and restaurants.


Fontana/Lake Geneva

The Abbey Resort and Spa The only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva The Abbey Resort, Marina, Conference Center & Spa 269 Fontana Blvd • Fontana • WI • 53125 866-898-1497

Rooms/suites: 334/13 - 7 villas Meeting space sq. ft.: 40,000 Meeting rooms: 38 Reception capacity: 1,100 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3 Entertainment: Spa Pools (indoor and outdoor) Golf nearby Water sports Bonfires Hiking trails Bike rentals Movie nights Game rental (indoor and outdoor) Organized spouse and children’s activities

The Abbey Resort and Spa is committed to exceeding your expectations. Our guestrooms include: • 334 luxurious guestrooms and suites • 27” LCD flat-panel televisions and high-speed internet access • In-room refrigerators, microwaves and safes • Patios and balconies Our full-service meeting facilities on the shores of Lake Geneva feature: • 90 lush acres on the shores of Lake Geneva • 40,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space • High-speed wireless internet • State-of-the-art AV services • 35,000 sq. ft. spa facility • Multiple championship golf courses nearby • Protected marina, boat cruises, and water sports • On and off-site teambuilding programs and activities • Uniquely themed restaurants and lounges - serving Starbucks® coffee When your group is not attending meetings, our experienced Abbey Team knows just how to allocate unstructured time in a way that will keep them on message and tuned in for a memorable event. Contact our Meetings and Events Specialists for information on teambuilding exercises in sync with your vision. Call 866-898-1497.

Green Bay

It’s RIGHT at the Radisson Green Bay Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay

2040 Airport Dr • Green Bay • WI • 54313 920-494-7300 Ext 437 • Fax: 920-494-9599 •

Rooms/suites: 405 Meeting space sq. ft.: 30,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 13,900 Meeting rooms: 21 Reception capacity: 1,600 Onsite restaurants: 3 Free Breakfast Buffet

• Across from Austin Straubel Airport with complimentary shuttle service • Adjacent to Oneida Casino • Minutes from legendary Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers and the Premier Shopping & Entertainment District • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout hotel • Experienced planning professionals • Unique and flexible menus available for on-site events as well as catering available for your off-site functions • Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness room • Variety of dining and entertainment options: Pine Tree Grill, Standing Stone Buffet & Grill, Purcell’s Lounge and Black Jack Snackshop • Within a 10-mile radius of many local attractions such as the National Railroad Museum, Bay Park Square Mall, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Northeast Wisconsin’s Zoo and an hour from beautiful Door County

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Hayward Ross’ Teal Lake Lodge & Teal Wing Golf Club

12425 N Ross Rd • Hayward • WI • 54843 715-462-3631 • & Teal Wing Golf Club

Think outside the box… with Privacy!

Cabin bedrooms: 37 Meeting spaces/rooms: 4 Largest room sq. ft.: 500 Reception/meal capacity: 100 Golf course on-site: 1 Onsite restaurants: 2

Teal Lake is perfect for small meetings, executive retreats, or brainstorming sessions, with informal meeting space in a relaxed northwoods resort setting with dining, fishing and golf, all on property. Brilliant ideas come while fishing or golfing, as well as at the breakfast meeting. A smaller property but with substantial staff, Teal Lake offers you privacy and exclusivity with professional full-service facilities, and personal service. The lakeshore cabins (not hotel rooms) provide attendees with their own or shared bedrooms but give them a living room to socialize. High speed Internet available, Wi-Fi in some meeting spaces. Teal Wing, nationally recognized, offers 18 holes of stunning golf.

Janesville Area rooms: 760 Janesville Area CVB • Christine Rebout Airport: Dane County Regional - 40 miles 20 S Main St, Ste #3 • Janesville • WI • 53548 Meeting facilities: 800-48-PARKS • Fax: 608-754-2115 Best Western Janesville, Holiday Inn • Express & Janesville Conference Center, Pontiac Convention Center, Rotary Janesville… Wisconsin’s Park Place… Wisconsin’s Meeting Place Botanical Gardens

We are the “Help Desk” for the Janesville Area offering 760 sleeping rooms and meeting space that can accommodate up to 1,300 people. Janesville is convenient to Madison, Milwaukee, Dubuque, Rockford and Chicago with four exits off I-90. Looking for something different? Look at Janesville... Wisconsin’s Park Place. Area attractions: Armory Dinner Theatre, General Motors Tours, Lincoln Tallman House, Rock Aqua Jays Waterski Show, Rotary Botanical Gardens


The Kenosha Area – InSITEful for Meeting Planners! Kenosha Area CVB • Deanna Goodwin

812 56th St • Kenosha • WI • 53140 800-654-7309 Ext 11 • Fax: 262-654-0882 •

Located along the I-94 corridor midway between Milwaukee and Chicago and on Lake Michigan’s shore, the greater Kenosha Area is easy to get to, and even easier to plan a meeting in! Our community blends the charm and nostalgia of a small town community with the first-class service and hospitality of a big city. Event facilities range from traditional hotel properties with conference centers and meeting rooms, to college campuses, historic buildings, and museums with spectacular Lake Michigan views. There is a place for most any type of event here - large or small. Guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind attractions such as Prime Outlets mall, Jelly Belly Center, Lake Michigan charter fishing, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum and more. The area boasts several unique museums (including the new Civil War Museum coming in June 2008), as well as theaters and galleries, live greyhound racing, and a charming downtown/lakefront business district filled with boutiques and eateries. The Kenosha Area CVB welcomes you to contact us for all your meeting and event needs. We’re happy to coordinate your bids and proposals, arrange site inspections, and provide literature and resources for your guests. Visit our website for our free Meeting Planner Guide.


Area rooms: 1,008 Airport: Milwaukee Mitchell International - 30 miles Meeting facilities: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Harborside Inn & Kenosha Conference Center, Kemper Center, The Colerget Conference Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum (June 2008), UW-Parkside, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College, Dairyland Greyhound Park, LakeView RecPlex Attractions: Prime Outlets at Pleasant Prairie, Jelly Belly Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum (June 2008), Dairyland Greyhound Park, Lake Michigan Charter Fishing Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars, Kenosha HarborMarket, Historic Lighthouses, Kenosha History Center


Lake Geneva

Minutes Away. Worlds Apart.® Grand Geneva Resort & Spa® • Lisa Jones

7036 Grand Geneva Way Lake Geneva • WI • 53147 800-558-3417 •

Rooms/suites: 355 Meeting space sq. ft.: 62,000 Meeting rooms: 35 Reception capacity: 1,500 Largest room sq. ft.: 13,500 Onsite restaurants: 5 Golf courses onsite: 2

Your meeting retreat begins the minute you enter our winding and picturesque Wisconsin countryside. Set amidst a panorama of rolling hills, breathtaking golf courses and quaint riding stables, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa® offers the ideal setting for your next meeting, and in one of the most desirable and accessible locations in the Midwest. Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, this 355-room resort offers 62,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Our spacious Convention Center has a total of 13,500 sq. ft., the Grand Ballroom, 7,680 sq. ft. and our new Conference Center, 1,200 sq. ft. For more intimate groups, choose from our 35 meeting rooms and boardrooms. To make sure your meetings run smoothly, Grand Geneva Resort offers a variety of services: experienced meeting planning professionals, onsite multimedia experts, corporate games to promote teambuilding, business services such as phone, fax, copying and word processing assistance, high-tech equipment such as lighting, teleprompting and audiovisual for your presentations, creative and flexible menus available for group functions, theme parties or catered offsite events and easy access to parking. We offer a full range of meeting options including Meetings Express and Recreation Sales (Golf Outings), as well as other types of events such as theme parties, motor coach tours and corporate training.

Lake Geneva

A New Business Environment Awaits You. The Lodge at Geneva Ridge • Mary Godard

W4240 State Rd 50 • Lake Geneva • WI • 53147 800-709-1315 • 262-245-3008 • Fax: 262-245-5364 •

Rooms/suites: 146 Meeting space sq. ft.: 16,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 4,000 Meeting rooms: 11 - plus patio and deck Reception capacity: Up to 500 Golf course nearby: More than 400 holes nearby Onsite restaurants: Restaurant, deli and lounge

Nestled between Lake Geneva and Lake Como, The Lodge at Geneva Ridge is set on 80 acres of wooded privacy and boasts more than one third of a mile of lake frontage. It’s the natural choice for a comfortable, inspired getaway for groups from 25 to 400. Everyone will feel refreshed and transformed by our stunning lake views, natural beauty and abundant amenities. With excellent service and a personal touch, our staff will ensure your meeting environment is in sync with your goals. Whether a corporate conference or private gathering, your event is the center of our attention. A variety of flexible room configurations accommodate every agenda. Full-service meeting facilities include space for conventions and special events, a business center, breakout rooms, wireless Internet, a full-service restaurant, and outdoor patio and deck. After an invigorating day, relax in all-new guest rooms furnished with mission-style décor and modern conveniences like high-speed Internet access and a 27-inch flat-screen television. Getting here is easy. We’re a comfortable drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Rockford and within 90 minutes of two major metropolitan airports. The Lodge at Geneva Ridge centers you near the best Lake Geneva has to offer.

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Lake Nebagamon

Minnesuing Acres Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin Minnesuing Acres • Tami LaPole

8084 S Minnesuing Acres Dr Lake Nebagamon • WI • 54849 218-727-1328 • Fax: 218-722-4926 • Rooms/suites: 39 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,000 Meeting rooms: 4 Meeting room capacity: 80 Reception capacity: 100 Golf course nearby: Yes and par 3 onsite Onsite restaurant: 1 Entertainment: Driving range, sporting clays, swimming pools, hot tubs, sauna, pitch-andputt golf course, tennis, boating, kayaking, crosscountry skiing, broomball, snowmobiling, fitness room, bowling alley, pool tables, wine tasting and poker room

Nestled into the majestic northern Wisconsin woods, just 30 miles southeast of Duluth, Minnesuing Acres offers rustic charm, spacious meeting facilities, modern amenities and endless group fun. From our timbered main lodge to our cozy guestrooms to our home-style cooking, the easygoing charm of Minnesuing Acres shines through. All of our guestrooms are beautifully decorated and offer magnificent views of our lawns, lake and surrounding countryside. Our conference room is spacious and bright, with large tables, comfortable chairs and advanced audiovisual systems. There are also separate breakout rooms for seminars, brainstorming and more. To assist you in staying connected, all guestrooms are equipped with high-speed internet access and the lodge is wireless. And then there are the activities! In summer, choose pitch-and-putt golf, tennis, sporting clays, boating or test your team on our Executive Challenge Course. Come winter, try cross-country skiing, broomball and snowmobiling or grab a workout in our fitness room or indoor pool. For those who prefer a more relaxed activity, there’s indoor bowling, billiards or the hot tubs. Best of all, you’ll have exclusive access to our private lodge. We host only one group at a time, so every event is customized to meet your specific goals and objectives. When guests leave Minnesuing Acres they’re not only satisfied with the results of their meeting, but refreshed and inspired to tackle the challenges ahead! To make your reservation, call us at 218-727-1328.


The Intellectual and Emotional Capital for Meeting Success. Greater Madison CVB Kristi Thering-Tuschen, Director of Sales

615 E Washington Ave • Madison • WI • 53703 800-373-6376 Ext 217 or 608-441-3942 • Fax: 608-258-4950 •

Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright, the insight of Aldo Leopold and a breathtaking capitol built upon an isthmus alive with music, art and restaurants and a wealth of recreational opportunities. With 8,000 rooms and 400,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, Madison has the versatility to host meetings from ten to 10,000. Madison’s two award-winning convention facilities - Alliant Energy Center and Monona Terrace® Convention Center - are complemented by several other facilities perfect for smaller meetings. Add in the professional expertise of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and meeting in Madison is a smart choice. Madison has played host to groups in a diversity of disciplines, including agribusiness, educational, environmental, engineering/sciences, high-tech and medical as well as events like Ford Ironman Wisconsin and World Dairy Expo. Madison combines exceptional facilities with the intellectual and emotional capital needed for meeting success. Madison means smart meetings.


Area rooms: 8,000 Nearest airport: Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI) - 10 minutes from downtown Madison Major meeting facilities: Alliant Energy Center and Monona Terrace® Convention Center Attractions: University of WisconsinMadison, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street shopping district, Madison Children’s Museum, Henry Vilas Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 260 parks and 120 miles of bike trails



Who said you can’t mix business and pleasure? Meetings at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West

1109 Fourier Dr • Madison • WI • 53717 608-826-0500 • Fax: 608-826-0550

Rooms/suites: 157 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,610 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,720 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 250 Golf courses nearby: Several Onsite restaurant: 1

Whether traveling for business or fun the staff at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West will be sure to make your visit to Madison, Wisconsin an experience to remember. Bring your meeting to Madison, a brainy city recognized as a hot spot for biotech. Home to Wisconsin’s capitol, the top ranked University of Wisconsin and one of ten American Dream Towns (Outside Magazine). The elegant Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West is nestled near high end shopping and a wide range of tempting restaurants. Ideal for meetings and minutes from downtown Madison and nearby attractions. Your attendees will enjoy the serene lakes, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace and interesting attractions, the House on the Rock and Cave of the Mounds… just a few minutes of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West. Designed for small meetings under 200 people, elegant enough for executives and fun for those traveling with family. The full-service Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West is home to Crawdaddy Cove Indoor Water Park. Featuring five meeting rooms, two lounges and an on-site restaurant and catering. Oversized guest rooms offer complimentary high-speed wireless internet. A professional and experienced staff eager to make you the priority of their day. Book your meeting online today.


Where business and inspiration meet. Monona Terrace® Convention Center • Kristi Thering-Tuschen 1 John Nolen Dr • Madison • WI • 53703 800-373-6376 Ext 217 or 608-441-3942 •

Golf courses nearby: Yes, multiple courses nearby

Designed by Wisconsin native and visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Monona Terrace® is located on the shore of Lake Monona in the heart of Madison’s downtown. The spectacular multi-level structure features a 40,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 320-seat lecture hall and 28,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Gracing the rooftop of Monona Terrace are 68,000 sq. ft. of gardens that are perfect for outdoor events. Connected to the facility by a climate-controlled skywalk is the convention headquarters 240-room Hilton hotel. Monona Terrace has a well-earned reputation among convention and meeting professionals as one of the best venues in the US. The staff of Monona Terrace recognizes the importance of having an environment that encourages a sense of well-being among attendees and also space that promotes the exchange of ideas and retention of information. Exceptional atmosphere, as well as leading-edge technology, outstanding client service and award-winning food make Monona Terrace a winner with attendees and planners alike!

Onsite restaurant: Onsite caterer

Whether you are planning a gathering for 30 or 3,300, Monona Terrace in Madison, WI is the place where business and inspiration meet.

Meeting rooms/suites: 240-room attached Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Meeting space sq. ft.: 28,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 37,200 Meeting rooms: 23 Reception capacity: 3,300

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Dive into Maritime History Manitowoc-Two Rivers Manitowoc Area VCB • Kathleen Galas, President

PO Box 966 • 4221 Calumet Ave. Manitowoc • WI • 54221-0966 800-627-4896 • Area rooms: 1,000 Major meeting facilities: Manitowoc County Expo and Ice Center, Holiday Inn, Best Western Lakefront Hotel, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Rahr-West Art Museum, Capitol Civic Centre, UW/Manitowoc Campus, Silver Lake College, Manitowoc County Historical Society Attractions: Nationally acclaimed golf courses, Mariners Trail along Lake Michigan, Historic Downtown, USS Cobia WWII Submarine, Pinecrest Historical Village, S.S. Badger Carferry, sportfishing charters, miles of scenic lakefront

Ports of Call: Manitowoc, Two Rivers! Where Great Lakes maritime history was made. Convene at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Great Lakes’ premier maritime museum. The Museum provides full audio-visual capability for meetings or receptions overlooking the river, breakwater, and USS COBIA, the nation’s most completely restored World War II submarine. Scan Manitowoc harbor through the Museum’s periscope. During the season, visit Pinecrest Historical Village. Attend a performance of the Manitowoc Symphony, Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, or other entertainment at our historic vaudeville Capitol Civic Centre theatre. View the works of Georgia O’Keefe and other Wisconsin artists at the Rahr West Art Museum. Savor mouthwatering natural bakery products at Natural Ovens. Relax after your meeting with a walk or jog along Mariners Trail, six miles of spectacular lakeshore. Chill out in the “Cool City” of Two Rivers, home of the ice cream sundae. Plan a tour of Rogers Street Historic Fishing Village and its 1886 lighthouse. Beachcomb, hike, camp, or cross country ski in Point Beach State Forest. Our hotels and restaurants will exceed your expectations with unmatched hospitality. Your group will enjoy an event available only in Wisconsin’s Maritime CapitolTM. Put in at our Ports! Ideally located along Interstate 43, and State Route 42, the lakeshore scenic shortcut to Door County, Manitowoc and Two Rivers are just 60 minutes from Door County, 70 minutes from Milwaukee, and 40 minutes from Green Bay.

Manitowoc Best Western Lakefront Hotel

101 Maritime Dr • Manitowoc • WI • 54220 800-654-5353 • Fax: 920-682-7013

Manitowoc’s Only Hotel On Lake Michigan

Rooms/suites: 108 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,200 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,952 Rooms/suites: 108 - newly renovated Meeting rooms: 4 Golf courses nearby: 3

The Best Western Lakefront Hotel is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. Our newly renovated, spacious guest rooms provide a quiet, comfortable atmosphere for all travelers. The Best Western offers dependable high-speed internet. This hotel offers banquet and meeting space that accommodates up to 250 people. Enjoy a relaxing dining experience in the Boatyard Cafe, a full-service restaurant with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Enjoy a cocktail at Castaways Lounge or on the patio overlooking the lake. We are the ideal location for corporate or leisure travelers. Located adjacent to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and YMCA

- It’s always a great day on the lake! -

Attractions: The SS Badger Car Ferry, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc Marina, Mariners Trail

Manitowoc Holiday Inn – Manitowoc • Kerry Junk

4601 Calumet Ave • Manitowoc • WI • 54220 920-682-6000 • Fax: 920-682-0301

Manitowoc’s Premier Hotel and Convention Facility

Reception capacity: 1,000 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,300 Rooms/suites: 204 Meeting rooms: 18 Golf courses nearby: Autumn Ridge and Whistling Straits (2004 PGA Host)

The Holiday Inn – Manitowoc hotel and convention center is one of Wisconsin’s premier hotel and convention facilities located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan just off I–43, Exit 149. This dramatic, contemporary skylight hotel is a classic among business and pleasure travelers alike. We offer 204 guestrooms, business center, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, state–of–the–art fitness facility, and complimentary wireless internet throughout the hotel. Relax and enjoy fine dining and elegant décor in our Normandy Restaurant and Julian’s Lounge.

We have only one goal in mind––offering you quality, award–winning service!


Attractions: Lake Michigan Car Ferry, Natural Ovens Bakery, Pine River Dairy, Wisconsin Maritime Museum




“The Perfect Place to Meet” Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center Mark Johnson Each Best Western is independently owned and operated

Rooms/suites: 140 Meeting space sq. ft.: 12,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 350 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

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5105 S Howell Ave • Milwaukee • WI • 53207 414-769-2100 • Fax: 414-769-0064 •

Enjoy a refreshing environment of comfort and convenience for your next corporate event or meeting. The Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center is undergoing an expansive, multi-million dollar renovation of the entire property, including all public areas, guest rooms and meeting rooms. Featuring meeting rooms containing approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of space for up to 350 attendees, the hotel is conveniently located near the General Mitchell International Airport, Midwest Airlines Center, and several Milwaukee area attractions, such as Miller Park - Home of the Milwaukee Brewers, and various museums and historical sites. A business center, audiovisual service, and highspeed wireless internet throughout the hotel make it easy for guests to get down to business. Guests also enjoy a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle and free parking. The Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel also offers a complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet. The onsite, full-service Lake City Restaurant & Lounge offers award-winning menu choices daily, and can provide catering and private dining areas for groups. A tropical atrium includes a large pool, whirlpool, game area, fitness center and sauna. From business to leisure, it is all under one roof. Mention this ad to receive a 20% meeting room discount. Contact the Corporate Sales Manager to book your next meeting or event at the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center and discover “The Perfect Place to Meet.”

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Milwaukee Hampton Inn & Suites • Niki Raudenski

Rooms/suites: 138 176 W Wisconsin Ave • Milwaukee • WI • 53203 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,000 414-271-4656 • Fax: 414-329-4656 Meeting rooms: 3 • Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: 7 miles

The Perfect Choice for Milwaukee Meeting Facilities…

Meetings don’t have to be all business. Our excellent downtown location in the heart of Milwaukee’s business and entertainment district lets your delegates turn business into pleasure. With over 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, we offer a variety of rooms and configurations that are both comfortable and convenient. One of our sales professionals will help you plan your event and make it one to remember. Attractions: Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World, Imax Dome Theater, Milwaukee Bucks Basketball, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Mile Races, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Pettit National Ice Center, Summerfest, Wisconsin Expo Center, and Wisconsin State Fair Park.



Midwest Airlines Center • Trace Goudreau, Sales Contact 400 W Wisconsin Ave • Milwaukee • WI • 53203 414-908-6072 • Fax: 414-908-6010 •

Nearest hotels: Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Doubletree. More hotel information at Distance from hotels to venue: Across the street. Several others within 2-5 blocks. Nearest attractions: Milwaukee Public Museum, Public Market, Milwaukee Art Museum, Pier Wisconsin, Miller Park - Brewers Baseball, HarleyDavidson Museum Nearest airport: General Mitchell International Airport Distance from airport to venue: 15-20 minutes

At the hub of downtown Milwaukee is the Midwest Airlines Center, with a 189,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, a 37,500 sq. ft. ballroom and 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that can be partitioned into as many as 28 meeting and breakout rooms. The ballroom, equipped like a concert hall to handle corporate theatre, can seat up to 2,530 diners or be divided into five smaller rooms. The center was built with high-capacity technology and all of its function spaces are wired for the latest in teleconferencing, data transmission and other telecommunication and audiovisual technologies - yet it is also home to a $1.4 million art collection. Across the street, the 4,100-seat Milwaukee Theatre opened in 2003 after a $41 million transformation of the historic Milwaukee Auditorium created a new theatrical venue that can host conventions, corporate and civic assemblies, as well as concerts and Broadway shows. Connected to the theater, the 12,200-seat U.S. Cellular Arena is home to professional and college sports, entertainment and assemblies. The three facilities, owned and operated by the Wisconsin Center District, form a campus which can comfortably hold large or concurrent events, all in easy walking distance to hotels, shopping, restaurants and parks in downtown Milwaukee.


Nearest parking: 14,000 spaces within 4 blocks


Minocqua AmericInn Minocqua • Susie Gawriluk

700 Hwy 51 N • Minocqua • WI • 54548 715-614-9663 • Fax: 715-356-6958 •

New Northwoods Events Center

Rooms/suites: 82 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,310 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 300 Golf courses nearby: 4

Events Center new in 2006, 3,475 sq. ft. divisible in two for conferences with menus from subway sandwiches to sit-down dinners. Hotel located on Hwy 51 on the Island in downtown Minocqua, across from Lake Minocqua beach, restaurants and shops. Some rooms with lake views, whirlpools and fireplaces, two executive suites. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, business center, indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. Staff will assist with pontoon rentals, fish fries, fishing and golf outings, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, casino and spouse activities for any season. Notes:


Meetings on our Turf Fox Hills Resort • Liz Kostka

250 W Church St • Mishicot • WI • 54228 800-950-7615 • Fax: 920-755-4571 •

Rooms/suites: 337 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,500 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,800 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 500 Onsite restaurants: 2 Golf courses onsite: Fox Creek - 27 holes National Championship Links Course - 18 holes

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Discover Fox Hills Resort, a beautiful 750-acre full-service resort and conference center located in an ideal setting for year-round recreation, relaxation and business gatherings. Our experienced and professional staff is dedicated to the success of your event and our warm Wisconsin hospitality ensures the service you deserve. Fox Hills Resort’s conference facilities include 11 meeting rooms with individual temperature, light and sound controls. The conference center’s seating capacity is up to 700 theater-style and/or up to 500 for your banquet. Our onsite IT specialist and audiovisual equipment are also available for your convenience. Fox Hills Resort features an array of onsite amenities including The Oasis Spa with services such as personal massages and a Roman bath and steam room, four swimming pools, The Willowview Restaurant, Benchwarmers Sports Bar, The 19th Hole Bar and Grill, fitness center, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts and much more! We also offer 45 holes of challenging golf to give you the perfect end to a long day of meetings. The 27-hole Fox Creek Course includes tree-lined fairways and large, generous greens. The 18-hole National Championship Links Course has all the attributes of a true Scottish links course and will prove challenging for golfers of all skill levels. Fox Hills Resort offers Wisconsin’s best package values, is always a great getaway and is always in season!

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Meet with a Fabulous Point of View! Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center John Dorgan 1000 Cameron Way • Neenah • WI • 54956 920-720-8000 • Fax: 920-967-0052

Rooms/suites: 95/39 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,400 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

The award-winning Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah, WI is a great meeting or conference destination. The hotel’s conference center accommodates groups with up to 500 guests. The ballroom overlooks the golf course and has a patio which is ideal for meeting breaks or cocktail parties. Main Street Plaza is located in the conference center. This is a uniquely designed entrance to the meeting rooms featuring a historic streetscape and storefront facades. The experienced catering staff is eager to assist with all aspects of meeting and banquet planning. The beautifully appointed hotel has 95 guestrooms including 39 suites, many with whirlpools and fireplaces. Every guestroom includes a DVD player, refrigerator, microwave, free high-speed internet access and safe. A complimentary hot breakfast is included with each stay. When it’s time to relax, hit the links on Bridgewood Golf Course or enjoy a refreshing dip in the Aquatic Fun Center, which is home to four pools including an outdoor whirlpool open year-round. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, spa and game room. For cocktails, lunch or dinner visit the Ground Round Grill & Bar. Enjoy great food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Recipient of the 2007 Best Western “Best of the Best” Award for Quality and Design.


Neenah 123 E Wisconsin Ave • Neenah • WI • 54956 920-725-8441 • Fax: 920-725-4387 •

The Character. The Charm. Downtown Neenah.

Rooms/suites: 107 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Enjoy this charming setting across from Shattuck Park, the Fox River and the Neenah Riverwalk, all in the heart of historic downtown Neenah. Large or small, simple or elegant, we have the experience to ensure your event’s success. Accommodating groups up to 500, our staff delivers friendly service and value. Meeting rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access along with Wi-Fi in our public areas. One hundred and seven comfortable business-class guestrooms. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center open 24 hours. Relax and enjoy award-winning dining in Remington’s Steaks and Seafood or a refreshing cocktail in the Fan Club Sports Bar!



Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk • Erin Karas, Catering Manager


Above and Beyond Oshkosh CVB • Diane Meyer

2401 W Waukau Ave • Oshkosh • WI • 54904 877-303-9200 • Fax: 920-303-9294 • Area rooms: Over 1,000 Largest meeting space: 25,000 sq. ft. Largest exhibit facility: 35,000 sq. ft. Entertainment: • EAA AirVenture Museum • Glen Valley Farm • Grand Opera House • Menominee Park/Zoo • Military Veterans Museum, Inc. • Morgan House • Oshkosh Community Playground • Oshkosh Public Museum • Paine Art Center and Gardens • Leach Amphitheater

Why Oshkosh? Unique. Affordable. Flexible. It’s everything you want when choosing a destination for your next meeting or convention. Unique. With venues ranging from the Opera House to the air, the Amphitheater to the traditional meeting space, Oshkosh has the perfect location to make your next event the one that will be talked about and remembered by all attendees. Affordable. We will work with you to find the perfect location to fit your budget without compromising the quality you are looking for. Flexible. Size does matter. Having the right size facility for the right size group is important. Our community can host small meetings to events that attract over one million people. From site selection through the closing ceremonies, we are there with you every step of the way to ensure a successful event. So hold your next meeting or convention in Oshkosh. We’d be pleased to “meet” you.


Full-service Conference Center on a College Campus Gruenhagen Conference Center/River Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

208 Osceola St • Oshkosh • WI • 54901 920-424-1123 • Fax: 920-424-0429 Marc Nylen, Director •

Gruenhagen Conference Center/River Center is a full-service conference center located on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Our conference facilities are nestled along the beautiful Fox River in the city of Oshkosh, WI, which is known for wonderful parks, museums, friendly waterways, art galleries, a performing arts center, a zoo, an outdoor waterpark and an outstanding outlet mall. We invite you to enhance your event management with the personalized care of our professional conference planners and other well-trained staff who are here to meet your needs. Our year-round conference center provides 500 double lodging rooms and 31 flexible meeting rooms, which are well-suited to meet the needs of any group. We provide 24-hour onsite staffing, state-of-the-art computer resources including wired and wireless internet access and access to resources on our university campus such as gymnasiums, athletic fields, a swimming pool facility, and a comprehensive campus union facility. Experience our catering and food court style dining commons, offering great taste, fantastic variety and tremendous value. In the summer of 2006, Taylor Hall, a completely remodeled, air conditioned lodging facility, was opened for client use. This stateof-the-art, modern building offers comfortable lodging rooms, practical and convenient meeting spaces and spacious lounge and recreational areas to meet the needs of your group. Taylor Hall offers 250 double rooms, and is conveniently located next to several dining outlets and campus athletic facilities, and is a two-minute walk to the majestic Fox River. Our comprehensive and one-stop approach to conference and event planning has allowed us to serve clients for up to three decades. We look forward to adding you to our distinguished client list, and invite you to experience all that Gruenhagen Conference Center/River Center has to offer.

Attractions: Variety of museums, performing arts centers, outlet mall, unique gardens, art center, luxurious parks and friendly waterways



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Port Washington Port Washington Tourism Council • Kathy Tank PO Box 153 • 126 E Grand Ave Port Washington • WI • 53074 800-719-4881 • Fax: 262-284-0591

Picturesque and historic Port Washington.

Area rooms: 265 Airport: Mitchell International Airport - 25 miles Major meeting facilities: Accommodating 5-500

Bring your meeting to picturesque and historic Port Washington. We are on the shore of Lake Michigan, conveniently located just 25 miles north of Milwaukee. We can accommodate your needs for meeting space, banquet facilities and any necessary amenities - whether your group is five or 500. You’ll find outstanding dining and unique shopping. Experience our maritime history through walking tours of the historic district, harbor and lighthouses. Have time to play? Charter a fishing boat, play golf overlooking the lake or ride the bike trail. Our hospitality, setting and facilities will provide you with just the location you are looking for. Attractions: Historic Port Washington, marina, charter fishing, 5 beautiful golf courses, bike trail, lighthouses


Racine/Sturtevant Racine County CVB • Eileen Arnold

14015 Washington Ave • Sturtevant • WI • 53177 262-884-6407 • Fax: 262-884-6404 •

Racine County, Great Fun on a Great Lake!

Area hotel rooms: 1,063 Nearest airport/distance: General Mitchell International - Milwaukee 20 miles Major meeting facilities: Racine Marriott and Festival Hall

Attractions: Downtown Racine, Frank Lloyd Wright sites, North Beach, charter fishing and boating, Racine Art Museum



Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and situated nicely in the Midwest between Chicago and Milwaukee, Racine County is convenient for you and your attendees. Racine County and the CVB will provide outstanding services to accommodate your event’s needs. See a vibrant community that is ready to excite and wow your attendees without hurting your budget. Witness the art of pampering with our full-service lodging properties. Explore the great Frank Lloyd Wright treasures in the area. Because Racine County is between two large markets, Racine offers affordable rates but with the amenities of a large city. Smart planners have enjoyed planning events in Racine County. Attendees have enjoyed their stay. Call us today for your free meeting planner.

Rhinelander Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson

4060 S Shore Dr • Rhinelander • WI • 54501 715-369-1500 • 800-261-1500 •

Your Place Up North

Rooms/suites: 60 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,448 Largest room sq. ft.: 1,680 Meeting rooms: 3 Golf courses nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 2

When business is the order of the day, we have just the formula to help your group successfully meet its objectives... Well-planned meeting rooms are set up in the arrangement that will best suit your group’s needs. The facilities at Holiday Acres are designed to help make your meeting efficient and professional, but also to give it a relaxed atmosphere that allows for the best communications. That helps ideas to flow! Big Pine Lodge and Cedar Lodge are great for small, exclusive meetings. Package plans are flexible to provide maximum productivity for small groups and large conferences. Audiovisual equipment is available and Holiday Acres’ experienced staff will be happy to assist you! Call Gladys or Rhonda. Amenities: Indoor pool/sauna, lake sports, hiking, biking, snowmobile/cross country trails, putting green

Rhinelander Holiday Inn Express Rhinelander • Susie Gawriluk

668 W Kemp St • Rhinelander • WI • 54501 715-614-9663 • Fax: 715-369-3601 •

Largest Northwoods Events Center

Rooms/suites: 100 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,146 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 300 Golf courses nearby: 4

Quality lodging with true Northwoods comfort and hospitality. Largest and most flexible hotel and Events Center in the area, with nine meeting rooms, major banquet and reception space and fireplace lobby. Standard rooms or Jacuzzi suites. Wi-Fi in meeting rooms, free high-speed throughout, free Smart Start breakfast, manager’s receptions Monday through Thursday, business center, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, five minutes from downtown Rhinelander and ten minutes from Rhinelander Airport. Gateway to spectacular scenery and forests, golf, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, casinos, skiing and snowmobiling.


We are the premier destination for conferences and business meetings, and we are ready to welcome you! City of Sheboygan Tourism Division • Kim Swisher

807 Center Ave • Sheboygan • WI • 53081 800-689-0290 •

Area rooms: 699 Major meeting facilities: Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Stefanie H. Weill Center, Holiday Inn Express, Margaux Restaurant Attractions: Fresh water charter fishing, waterfront dining, unique and eclectic shanty shops, recreational water activities, proximity to world-renowned golf courses and Road America Racing

Successful meetings happen on Sheboygan’s Shores! We are home to the Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center. The Conference Center has over 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space. The 10,000+ sq. ft. Grand Ballroom can be partitioned into seven separate meeting spaces and has a 16-ft. high ceiling. There is a 4,600 sq. ft. pre-function area that can host receptions, trade shows and small meal functions. We are also home to smaller lodging properties including historic bed and breakfasts. We are home to the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. We are minutes away from several world-class golf courses, including Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, and Road America. We have numerous family activities, unique shopping experiences and critically acclaimed restaurants.

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Stevens Point

Wisconsin’s newest full-service convention center. Holiday Inn & Convention Center Stevens Point Christine Charewicz

1001 Amber Ave • Stevens Point • WI • 54481 715-344-0200 • Fax: 715-344-0202 •

Rooms/suites: 147 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Meeting rooms: 15 Total sq. ft.: 35,000 Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: UW Stevens Point, Sentry Insurance, SentryWorld Golf, Lands End, Banta, Donaldson, Canadian National and Point Brewery with complimentary transportation within a 5-mile radius

Conveniently located in central Wisconsin to serve all your convention/ meeting needs. Holiday Inn & Convention Center Stevens Point features 193 spacious guestrooms and a variety of luxury suites are located directly off I-39 and Hwy 51 at Hwy 10E. Holiday Inn & Convention Center Stevens Point features 35,000 sq. ft. of combined meeting, exhibit, conference, expo and banquet space. Our professional meeting planners provide full-service food and beverage service to accommodate all breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvre and refreshment break needs. Rudy’s Redeye Grill, our premier onsite restaurant and bar, features excellent food, remarkable atmosphere and live music Friday and Saturday. Guests can also enjoy the intimate lobby bar.

Please visit or call 715-344-0200 to request a meeting planners kit.

Stevens Point

Classic Golf Since 1982 SentryWorld • Susan Placzek

601 Michigan Ave N • Stevens Point • WI • 54481 866-479-6753 • Fax: 715-345-0103 •

Hold your next golf outing, business meeting, wedding, banquet, tradeshow or holiday party at SentryWorld.

Meeting space sq. ft.: 50,000 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 1,500 Golf course nearby: 1 Onsite restaurants: 3

We have the facilities, staff, flexibility and experience to meet your needs. We offer versatile meeting and banquet space, onsite chef and catering staff, a championship golf course, a variety of recreational facilities and a full-service pro shop. SentryWorld will help you coordinate your business meeting, corporate event or tradeshow. Our knowledgeable, professional planners provide advice that will make your event one to remember. Whether you’re entertaining 15 or 1,500, SentryWorld’s diverse and creative menus are sure to please your guests. Let our onsite catering staff assist with your food and beverage decisions.


At SentryWorld, you can conduct your business meeting or corporate event in one of our comfortable meeting rooms, which are fully equipped with stateof-the-art connectivity and audiovisual equipment.


Sturgeon Bay

Door County’s Grand Waterfront Resort Bridgeport Waterfront Resort • Denise Stillman

50 W Larch St • Sturgeon Bay • WI • 54235 800-671-9190 • 920-746-9919 • Fax: 920-746-9918 •

Reception capacity: 100 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,286 Largest room sq. ft.: 1,013 Rooms/suites: 72 Meeting rooms: 3 Golf courses nearby: 11 Entertainment: Sunset Concert Cruises, wineries, Peninsula Players, Door County Maritime Museum, theaters, museums, shopping

Located in historic Sturgeon Bay, in popular Door County WI - Bridgeport Waterfront Resort features suites with many options including full kitchens, double whirlpool tubs. Recreational amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna, fitness room, game room, indoor playground and splash park. There are three different conference rooms to accommodate every group’s needs. Complimentary continental breakfast is provided to all meetings and tour groups. Catering, cook outs and other food service is available. Complete audiovisual service upon request. The entire property is smoke-free. Wireless internet service is available in the suites and conference rooms; an internet center is also available. The resort is walking distance to popular restaurants, shops and activities. Our friendly staff is willing to help plan events and activities at nearby attractions.


Escape to the Island! Barkers Island Inn Resort & Conference Center • Barb Starken

300 Marina Dr • Superior • WI • 54880 800-344-7515 • 715-392-7152 • Fax: 715-392-1180 •

Rooms/suites: 112/5 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,250 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,000 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 320 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Escape to the island! Located on an actual island surrounded by Lake Superior in the Duluth/Superior harbor, Barkers Island Inn Resort and Conference Center is located just minutes from downtown Duluth and two and a half hours north of Minneapolis. We offer 112 relaxing guest rooms and suites featuring free wireless internet, along with a pool, hot tub, and sauna. Our full-service conference center offers 3,250 sq. feet of meeting space to meet your conference and/or reception needs. The Galley, our full-service restaurant, opens daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring fresh Lake Superior trout and whitefish along with steaks, seafood, and traditional options. The Windjammer Lounge overlooks Barkers Island Marina and provides guests with a perfect place for relaxing and conversing with friends, family, or co-workers. The island also offers walking trails and many other attractions. Spring of 2009 will feature the opening of an expansion project at Barkers Island Inn. Our new Ballroom will be nearly 10,000 sq. feet and offer banquet space for up to 1,000 people. The resort will feature 40 brand new two- and three-bedroom condo units and the expanded restaurant and lounge and refinished existing guest rooms will make Barkers Island Inn a can’t-miss.

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Waukesha & Pewaukee… Meetings So Good! Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB • Victoria Albanese

N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Dr #225 Waukesha • WI • 53188 800-366-8474 • Fax: 262-542-2237 •

Waukesha & Pewaukee are conveniently located in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, between Madison and Milwaukee and easily accessible from I-94 Nearest airport: and I-43. Personalized service, quality, affordability are what we offer in our General Mitchell Internasuburban location. tional - 20 miles Offering nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of affordable and flexible meeting space, from Major meeting facilities: a hard-working boardroom for ten to a Grand Ballroom for 500 to a tradeshow Country Springs Hotel exhibit for thousands, we have the space for your next meeting function. In Waterpark Conference addition, select from nearly 1,000 sleeping rooms from budget to luxury to Center Marriott Milwaukee West waterpark! Parking is complimentary at all our facilities. Radisson Milwaukee Within minutes of our meeting facilities, there is something for everyone. A Pewaukee lively arts community, specialty shopping from antiques to galleries, a dozen golf courses, historic attractions, dining selections on land and water, a winery tour Attractions: Mason Creek Winery, Old and nightlife options for all. Many of our attractions are available for receptions World Wisconsin, Ten and dinners. Chimneys Let our experienced staff assist with all your planning needs. We offer a variety of complimentary services tailored to meet your group’s own specific needs. From pre-event planning to spousal trips to media assistance and everything in between, the professional staff will do what it takes to make your “Meetings So Good!” Call Victoria to receive a complimentary DVD to learn more about Waukesha & Pewaukee meeting facilities. Area rooms: 1,000

Waupaca Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel • Erin McDonald 110 Grand Seasons Dr • Waupaca • WI • 54981 715-258-9212 • Fax: 715-258-4294

Extraordinary Amenities Exceptional Location Exemplary Service Nestled in the beautiful Chain O’Lakes area in central Wisconsin, we offer the perfect location for your next business meeting, seminar, retreat or conference Meeting space sq. ft.: for up to 350. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, but with all 7,000 the conveniences and business amenities you’ll need for a successful meeting. Meeting rooms: 4 Conveniently located at the intersection of Hwys 10 and 54 in Waupaca, we are just two hours from Madison and Milwaukee, four hours from Chicago, one hour Reception capacity: 350 from Green Bay and less than one hour from the Fox Cities. You’ll experience warm hospitality when you meet with us, and our Largest room sq. ft.: 4,063 experienced, professional staff will be sure your next meeting or conference goes flawlessly. We offer flexible meeting space, a state-of-the-art sound system, free high-speed internet access and a wide variety of audiovisual equipment available for rent to accommodate your needs, as well as a wide selection of delicious menu choices. The hotel features 90 beautifully appointed guestrooms, approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, full-service on-premises health club provided complimentary to our guests, small indoor waterpark, whirlpool, sauna, Club Room Lounge and free parking. While visiting picturesque Waupaca, cruise the famous Chain O’Lakes aboard an authentic 60-ft. sternwheeler, shop the many unique gift, antique and specialty shops, enjoy exquisite dining opportunities and don’t forget your clubs! Five area golf courses offer golfing for the novice or tournament player. Winter offers cross-country skiing, ice skating and miles of scenic, groomed snowmobile trails. There is something for everyone. So if you need to meet, come meet with us!



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We Can Draw a Crowd! Wausau/Central Wisconsin CVB

10204 Park Plaza, Ste B • Rothschild • WI • 54474 888-948-4748 • Fax: 715-359-2306 • Area rooms: 2,150 Nearest airport: Central Wisconsin Airport - 6 miles Meeting facilities: Best Western-Midway Fairfield Inn & Suites Holiday Inn & Suites Jefferson Street Inn Howard Johnson Inn Lodge at Cedar Creek Plaza Hotel & Suites Stoney Creek Inn Westwood Center Mountain Bay Center Entertainment nearby: Granite Peak Ski Area, Grand Theater, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Rib Mountain State Park, Whitewater Park, Center for the Visual Arts, River District

Pencil us in for your next function and our dedicated staff will be there to answer your questions, make recommendations and help you Draw A Crowd! With our variety of meeting facilities, planners have an easy time finding the perfect location to fit their needs. Our central location makes it convenient for participants from around the Midwest to attend. In fact, meeting planners often comment on the increased attendance they experience when they host their functions in Wausau/Central Wisconsin. We’ll be the first one to admit that we don’t have everything. You won’t pay $18 parking fees, be strong-armed by harsh reservation policies or contend with extravagant convention center fees. Instead, you’ll find friendly service, reasonable rates and a safe environment to do business in. We’re the experts on Wausau/Central Wisconsin. You can count on us to help along the way from pre-planning to post-meeting critiques. We’ve developed services to help you find a facility, coordinate the details and stay within your budget. Call for your comprehensive meeting planner, register for one of our Familiarization Tours, request a personal visit at 888-948-4748 or visit our website at

Wausau/Central Wisconsin is… Kronenwetter • Mosinee • Rib Mountain • Rothschild • Schofield • Wausau • Weston


New Full-Service Boutique Hotel and Reception to 750 Jefferson Street Inn Debbie Rice, General Manager or Michele Kaiser, Sales Manager 201 Jefferson St • Wausau • WI • 54403 715-845-6500 • 866-855-6500 • Fax: 715-845-3133 •

Rooms/suites: 100/28 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,775 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 750 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 - City Grill Attractions: Day Spring Health Spa, Granite Peak Ski Area, golf, ARTS Block - Performing Arts, boutique shops, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, kayak races


Abundant winter activities: Skiing, ATV trails, tubing and sledding


The Jefferson Street Inn is a meeting planner’s dream. A great hotel located in Downtown Wausau which offers amenities that will surprise you. This new property has expanded its meeting and banquet rooms to accommodate up to 600 people and a total of 100 guestrooms. Business meetings, corporate retreats and association meetings find this the perfect site in Central Wisconsin. Surround yourself with the special touches and service that make the Jefferson Street Inn truly extraordinary. Each of our guestrooms feature upgraded bed linen and robes, in-room honor bar and movies, granite counters, complimentary European continental breakfast, high-speed wireless and Ethernet internet access, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and luxury Aveda bath amenities. Our suites feature two rooms with double sided fireplaces, full kitchens and whirlpool tubs. Guests relax in the onsite sauna, and rejuvenate in the exercise facility and pool. Transportation services are provided to area businesses, airports and Granite Peak. Enjoy room service from City Grill, An American Bistro. City Grill, an American Bistro, was voted Wausau’s “Trendiest restaurant to hang out in” and “Best Upscale, Creative Dining” place you will want to come back to often. Offering lunch and dinner daily, the tantalizing menu will delight your palate. This upscale bistro specializes in great American fare, such as extraordinary steaks, chops, salads and pastas, with menu items to satisfy all appetites. City Grill catering services are available for on- or off-premises events.

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Wausau Westwood Conference Center • Rebecca Thielen

1800 Westwood Center Blvd • Wausau • WI • 54401 715-847-9436 or 800-468-8470 • Fax: 715-848-5325 •

Take Your Meetings to a Whole New Level

Meeting space sq. ft.: 18,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 4,602 Meeting rooms: 18 Reception capacity: 4,059 sq. ft., 250 people Onsite catering: Yes

The Westwood Conference Center is tucked into a wooded area, providing dazzling views of the city of Wausau near the interchange of Hwy 51, I-39 and Hwy 29. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and wireless internet provide options to accommodate your function needs. Inquire about meeting rooms that accommodate five to 200 people and our formal dining room that accommodates up to 200 guests. Catering services are also provided. Our trained professionals will work with you, saving time and planning as they ensure a successful event.

Wausau/Weston Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Wausau • David Randl SM


7100 Stone Ridge Dr • Weston • WI • 54476 715-241-8400 • Fax: 715-241-9100 •

Unexpected Comforts on the Road

Rooms/suites: 87 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,850 Largest room sq. ft.: 4,000 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 250

Located in the Wausau area, Fairfield Inn & SuitesSM by Marriott® provides you with exactly the hotel experience you’re looking for - a clean, comfortable room at an affordable price. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, exercise room, pool and high-speed internet access, plus 4,850 sq. ft. of meeting room space. Located next door to the “new” Marshfield Clinic and St. Clare’s Hospital in the Weston Regional Medical Center, this new Fairfield Inn & Suites will be your new home-away-from-home when in the Wausau area. Area attractions: Granite Peak Ski Area, Grand Theatre, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Wisconsin Dells

The Waterpark Capital of the World®! Wisconsin Dells VCB • Helen Wick

701 Superior St • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 800-223-3557 or 608-254-4636 • Fax: 608-254-4293 •

Area rooms: 8,000+ Major meeting facilities: Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center - (100,000 sq. ft.) Chula Vista Resort - (80,000 sq. ft.) Ho-Chunk Hotel & Convention Center - (32,000 sq. ft.) Wilderness Territory - (16,800 sq. ft.)


Entertainment nearby: Boat Tours, Golf Courses, Indoor and Outdoor Waterparks, Spas and Live Entertainment

Known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®,” Wisconsin Dells hosts more than 5,600 meetings and conventions each year. Offering many unique meeting and convention venues, ranging in size from 250 sq. ft. to 100,000 sq. ft., a wide variety of state-of-the-art facilities and personalized planning services, we make it easy to meet here. Whether you’re participating in a 9 a.m. roundtable discussion, or taking a third trip around the lazy river at 6 p.m., Wisconsin Dells makes doing business a blast. In addition to being home to America’s largest outdoor waterpark, and lots of indoor waterparks, Wisconsin Dells has a variety of distinctive activities. Attendees may enjoy a relaxing trip down the Wisconsin River on one of our boat or “duck tours,” or play a round of golf on one of our world-class golf courses. When you’re not attending meetings or careening down waterslides, consider indulging in one of our restaurants. You may sample from a selection of epicurean delights including classic steakhouses, gourmet seafood and ethnic cuisine. And, with casino gambling, decadent spas, live entertainment and much more, your attendees will always be actively engaged.


Wisconsin Dells Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness • Shannon Timmerman

PO Box 830 • 45 Hillman Rd • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 800-867-WILD •

America’s Premier Waterpark and Condominium Resort

Rooms/suites: 1,100 rooms/ condos/cabins Meeting space sq. ft.: 40,000 as of Summer 2008 Meeting rooms: 30 Reception capacity: 1,100 Golf course onsite: 27 holes Onsite restaurants: Yes

Your next event is sure to be a hit at Glacier Canyon Lodge, the newest addition to the Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells. This state-of-the-art facility will be opening an additional 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in Summer 2008. It features a beautiful interior and exterior, the highest level of hospitality and service, an outstanding banquet menu and the most up-to-date audiovisual equipment. Attractions: Complementing Glacier Canyon Lodge is the new Wild Rock Golf Club, a new breathtaking 18-hole championship golf course, opening May 1. Wilderness Territory also has four indoor waterparks and three outdoor waterparks, a dry foam play area, mega arcade, lazer tag, rock climbing, Wild Kids Club, snow tubing, horse-drawn wagon rides, paint your own pottery and onsite Duck ride pickups.


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Plan your next meeting or special event with us! Howard Johnson Convention Center/Antiqua Bay Waterpark PO Box 236 • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 608-253-5227 Ext 528 • Fax: 608-253-2829 •

Rooms/suites: 228 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 550 Golf course nearby: Yes

Howard Johnson Hotel & Conference Center/Antiqua Bay Waterpark has the facilities to make your meeting, wedding, or special event a success! Over 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, with 11 different meeting rooms to accommodate 30 to 600 people. Food facilities onsite to handle all your food needs, even special meal requirements.

Onsite restaurants: Yes

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Beyond Expectations Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center • Kevin Shanley 1305 Kalahari Dr • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 608-254-3314 • Fax: 608-254-8609 •

Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells is Wisconsin’s Largest Convention Center Resort! Featuring over 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space including up to 35 separate meeting rooms, function space for up to 3,000 people, high-speed and wireless internet access and much more, Kalahari is the perfect location for your next meeting, convention or event. Kalahari’s 750 beautifully appointed African-themed guest rooms and suites can accommodate groups of all sizes. Each beautifully appointed guest room has the amenities you’ll appreciate including coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, voicemail, color television, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, On-Command® movies, available high-speed internet access and more! Kalahari is also home to Wisconsin’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, featuring the FlowRider® stand up surf attraction, the Master Blaster uphill water roller coaster, Victoria Falls 504-ft. long family raft ride, Splashdown Safari outdoor water play feature, lazy river, whirlpool spas and much more. Best of all, indoor and outdoor waterpark admission is free for each registered hotel guest! Experience everything Kalahari has to offer, from Wisconsin’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, Spa Kalahari and Salon, and 24-hour fitness center, to a host of dining choices including Las Vegas-style Kahunaville Restaurant & Bar. Kalahari, where everything is Under One Roof! Kalahari is the proud owner of Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells. This 27-hole award-winning golf course combines the challenge of a championship design with a playability that golfers of all levels can enjoy. Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center provides a magnificently designed facility and the exceptional customer service required for a successful meeting. We combine this with Wisconsin’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, and an atmosphere filled with activities and entertainment for all. Experience “A World Away” with your next event at Kalahari Resort. Rooms/suites: 750 Meeting space sq. ft.: 100,000 Meeting rooms: 35 Largest room sq. ft.: 22,000 Reception capacity: 3,000 Golf course onsite: 1 Onsite restaurants: 8


Wisconsin Dells PO Box 296 • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 608-254-1510 • Fax: 608-254-1560 •

Perfect for your group or meeting!

Rooms/suites: 111 Meeting space sq. ft.: 11,245 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: Yes

Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center is the ideal setting for your next meeting or banquet. Our rooms will accommodate groups of five to 450. But more than that, our experienced sales and catering staff can accommodate your special needs, planning conferences, meetings, luncheons or cocktail parties. With so many attractions on-site, we can even arrange for theme events with unique decorations and menu choices. Our beautiful guest rooms contain microwaves, refrigerators, wet bars, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. There is an on-site restaurant and lounge, indoor and outdoor waterparks, sauna and fitness room. Our central Wisconsin location, off I90/94 at Hwy 12 is easy to find for your attendees. Attention to detail is a way of life in our sparkling setting and our number one priority is customer service. It is always our goal to make your visit truly memorable.



Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center • Shirley Lewandowski

Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB • A.J. Frels

2507 8th St S • Wisconsin Rapids • WI • 54494 800-554-4484 • Fax: 715-422-4655 •

Meetings in the Heart of Wisconsin

Area rooms: 600 Nearest airport: Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA Mosinee) - 40 miles Major meeting facilities: Hotel Mead, Rainbow Casino, Lake Arrowhead, The Ridges

Wisconsin Rapids in Central Wisconsin has been a convenient and favored meeting spot for generations. Its drawing power today is as strong as ever thanks to the service-oriented, Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB. They offer a centralized, friendly and hassle-free point of contact for meeting planners. The area’s specialty is to serve small and medium-size meetings, up to 400 attendees. Our area offers a broad range of venues from intimate facilities in extraordinary surroundings, to a pristine ballroom in our full-service property, Hotel Mead. After a long day of meetings you may wish to take a stroll though Wisconsin Rapids on a Heritage River Walk or journey five miles west to the world’s largest inland cranberry producing region. Whatever your pleasure, it’s sure to be found in the Heart of Wisconsin.

Attractions: Cranberry Highway, golf, river walks, cheese factory, paper making tours


Wisconsin Rapids

Center of Attention Hotel Mead • Julie Mouw

451 E Grand Ave • Wisconsin Rapids • WI • 54494 715-422-7045 • Fax: 715-422-7064 • Rooms/suites: 157/48 Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 400 Golf courses nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 2 Hotel Mead’s Café Mulino, Grand Avenue Grill Attractions: Championship golf, casino gaming, Ocean Spray, Golden Sands Speedway, Performing Arts Center, Hardwood Bombing range, Dairy State Cheese and acres of beautiful cranberry marshes

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Located in the heart of our beautiful state, Hotel Mead has built a reputation as the premier convention center of central Wisconsin, with 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space, in addition to our vendor and exhibitor space, Hotel Mead is the place for memorable meetings. Our central location ensures excellent attendance and creative catering provides options for any group. Out of town guests enjoy 157 well-appointed rooms, with luxurious full-size Whirlpool suites. Our Grand Avenue Grill offers an excellent wine selection as well as prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood and an array of options to make your palate dance. Hotel Mead’s Cafè Mulino features Italian Bistro cooking at its finest. Or, join us in front of the fireplace in the spacious Grand Avenue Tavern with weekly live entertainment. An exceptional leisure destination, Hotel Mead is just minutes away from two of the state’s most popular nature preserves, surrounded by glimmering rivers and lakes, and features fall harvest tours of the world’s largest inland cranberry producing region. Amenities include a sizable fitness center with cardio, theatre, indoor pool, whirlpool area, business center and complimentary high-speed internet. From intimate to elaborate, our experienced, professional sales staff are waiting to guide you through your next meeting experience. Call today for a planning kit or familiarization tour.


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Midwest Meetings Guide Book 2008  

Midwest Meetings Guide Book is a publication specifically designed to give an overview of the different Midwest meeting, conference and even...

Midwest Meetings Guide Book 2008  

Midwest Meetings Guide Book is a publication specifically designed to give an overview of the different Midwest meeting, conference and even...