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Destinations/Services Index Services Bill Geist................................................................................... 24 Pat McGill................................................................................ 23 Multi-State Hotels Venerts Management, LLC................................................... 25 Illinois Affinia Chicago Hotel............................................................ 34 Alton Regional CVB.............................................................. 31 Bloomington-Normal Area CVB........................................ 32 Champaign County CVB...................................................... 33 Chicago Southland CVB....................................................... 37 Chicago’s North Shore CVB............................................... 36 Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB........................................... 36 Decatur Area CVB................................................................. 37 Decatur Conference Center & Hotel............................... 38 Downers Grove Visitors Bureau........................................ 38 DuPage CVB............................................................................ 39 Effingham CVB........................................................................ 39 Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB .................................... 40 Heritage Corridor CVB....................................................... 40 Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort.................................. 32 Holiday Inn City Centre Peoria.......................................... 43 Hotel Père Marquette........................................................... 44 I Hotel and Conference Center......................................... 33 Jacksonville Area CVB........................................................... 41 Jumer’s Casino & Hotel........................................................ 44 Lisle CVB................................................................................. 41 Midwest Conference Center.............................................. 42 Navy Pier.................................................................................. 34 Oakbrook Terrace Hotels.................................................... 42 Peoria Area CVB.................................................................... 43 Pheasant Run Resort............................................................. 46 President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center........................................................... 45 The Seneca Hotel & Suites.................................................. 35 Shoreline Charters and Events........................................... 31 Springfield CVB..................................................................... 45 St. Charles CVB...................................................................... 46 University Center Conference Chicago........................... 35 Willowbrook Hotels............................................................. 47 Woodfield Chicago Northwest CB................................... 47 Indiana Belterra Casino Resort & Spa............................................. 55 Bloomington CVB.................................................................. 54 Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center....... 54 Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa........................................... 58 Columbus Area Visitors Center.......................................... 55 Grand Wayne Convention Center..................................... 56 Horizon Convention Center............................................... 59 Indianapolis CVA.................................................................... 56 Indianapolis Marriott Center............................................... 57 Kosciusko County CVB........................................................ 61 Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB.......................................... 57 Muncie/Delaware County CVB.......................................... 58 Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center........... 53 Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB................................ 60 ShipshewanaTown Center.................................................... 60 South Bend/Mishawaka CVB............................................... 61 Swan Lake Resort.................................................................. 59 Iowa Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center..................... 75 Cedar Rapids CVB................................................................. 69 Clay County Regional Events Center................................ 76 Clinton CVB............................................................................ 70 Council Bluffs CVB................................................................ 70 Diamond Jo Casino................................................................ 72 Gateway Hotel & Conference Center.............................. 67 Grand River Center.............................................................. 73 Greater Burlington CVB...................................................... 68 Hotel Julien Dubuque............................................................ 73

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Hotel Winneshiek.................................................................. 71 The Inn at Okoboji................................................................ 75 Iowa Events Center............................................................... 72 King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort......................................... 76 Le Mars CVB........................................................................... 74 Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel............................................ 77 Okoboji Tourism..................................................................... 75 Park Place Event Centre/Sky Event Center..................... 69 Pella CVB................................................................................. 76 PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex...................................... 68 RiverCenter/Adler Theatre.................................................. 71 Waterloo CVB........................................................................ 77 Kansas Arkansas City CVB................................................................ 83 Dodge City CVB.................................................................... 83 Geary County CVB............................................................... 84 Greater Wichita CVB............................................................ 87 Hays CVB................................................................................. 83 Hilton Wichita Airport.......................................................... 87 Manhattan Kansas CVB........................................................ 85 Olathe CVB............................................................................. 85 Salina Bicentennial Center................................................... 85 Visit Salina................................................................................ 86 Visit Topeka Inc. ..................................................................... 86 Wyandotte County CVB...................................................... 84 Michigan Amway Grand Plaza Hotel................................................... 96 Bay Mills Resort & Casinos.................................................. 93 Bay Pointe Inn & Lakefront Resort.................................. 102 Bayshore Resort................................................................... 102 Castle Farms .......................................................................... 93 Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center...... 94 The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center .................. 96 Doubletree Hotel Holland................................................... 98 Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center........... 95 Greater Lansing CVB............................................................ 99 Holiday Inn - West Bay Traverse City.............................. 103 The Inn at St. Johns.............................................................. 101 JW Marriott Grand Rapids.................................................. 97 Kalamazoo County CVB...................................................... 98 Laketown Golf & Conference Center............................. 102 Little River Casino Resort................................................... 99 Midland County CVB.......................................................... 100 MotorCity Casino Hotel...................................................... 94 Muskegon County CVB...................................................... 100 Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront......................... 97 Saginaw Valley State University.......................................... 103 Stafford’s Bay View Inn ....................................................... 100 Stafford’s Perry Hotel.......................................................... 101 The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit..................................... 95 Minnesota Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center................... 109 Austin CVB............................................................................ 110 Bloomington CVB................................................................ 110 Caribou Highlands Lodge................................................... 113 Carondelet Center.............................................................. 118 Eagan CVB............................................................................. 112 Earle Brown Heritage Center........................................... 115 Fair Hills Resort & Wildflower Golf Course................. 111 Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior....................... 120 Greater Mankato CVB........................................................ 114 Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.......................................... 115 James J. Hill Reference Library.......................................... 119 Outback Event Center/Comfort Inn Airport................ 111 Owatonna Area C of C & Tourism................................... 116 Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort............................................. 112 Radisson Hotel & Conference Center............................ 116 Red Wing VCB...................................................................... 117 Roseville VA........................................................................... 117 Shooting Star Casino........................................................... 113 St. Cloud Area CVB............................................................. 118

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Destinations/Services Index Saint Paul RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center.................. 119 Visit Minneapolis North..................................................... 114 Visit Winona.......................................................................... 121 Water Street Inn.................................................................. 120 Willmar Lakes Area CVB................................................... 120 Winona State University Camp & Conference Services....................................................... 121 Missouri Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center......................................................... 128 Big Cedar®............................................................................. 132 Branson Lakes Area CVB................................................... 127 City of Independence Tourism Department.................. 129 Grand Plaza Hotel................................................................ 127 Greater Saint Charles CVB............................................... 133 Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel.................................... 134 Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center......................... 128 HoteLumière......................................................................... 135 Jefferson City CVB............................................................... 130 Lake of the Ozarks CVB.................................................... 130 Lebanon CVB........................................................................ 131 Rolla Area C of C................................................................. 132 Saint Charles Convention Center.................................... 133 St. Joseph CVB...................................................................... 134 StoneBridge Resort............................................................. 128 Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark........................................................... 131 Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort.................... 128 Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center.................. 135 Nebraska Beatrice Area Chamber & Gage County Tourism............................................................... 142 Columbus/Platte County CVB.......................................... 142 Gering CVB........................................................................... 143 Grand Island/Hall County CVB......................................... 144 Hastings/Adams County CVB........................................... 145 Heartland Events Center................................................... 144 Lauritzen Gardens/Omaha’s Botanical Center.............. 148 Lied Lodge & Conference Center.................................... 146 Lincoln CVB.......................................................................... 146 Nebraska Association of CVBs......................................... 141 Norfolk/Madison County CVB......................................... 147 North Platte/Lincoln County CVB.................................. 147 Sarpy County CVB ............................................................. 145 Sidney/Cheyenne County CVB......................................... 148 South Sioux City/Dakota County CVB........................... 149 York County VB.................................................................... 149 North Dakota Bismarck-Mandan CVB....................................................... 155 Dickinson CVB..................................................................... 155 Fargo-Moorhead CVB......................................................... 156 Jamestown Civic Center/CVB........................................... 156 Minot CVB............................................................................. 157 McKenzie County TB........................................................... 157 Ohio Akron/Summit CVB............................................................. 163 Bowling Green CVB............................................................ 164 Bowling Green State University....................................... 164 Franklin County Veterans Memorial................................ 166 Greater Toledo CVB............................................................ 169 Hocking Hills Tourism Association................................... 166 Holiday Inn/Splash Bay Indoor Waterpark...................... 167 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center................ 168 Mansfield CVB...................................................................... 167 Miami County VCB.............................................................. 169 Northern Cincinnati CVB.................................................. 165 Ohio State Park Resorts & Conference Centers......... 164 Pine Lakes Lodge Bed & Breakfast Resort & Conference Center.................................................... 167 Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls............................ 163

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South Dakota Aberdeen CVB..................................................................... 175 Bridges Conference Center.............................................. 179 Brookings CVB..................................................................... 176 Corn Palace CVB................................................................. 179 Deadwood C of C & CVB................................................. 177 Highland Conference Center............................................ 179 Huron Event Center........................................................... 178 Pierre CVB............................................................................ 180 Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex............................................................ 177 Sioux Falls CVB.................................................................... 180 South Dakota Office of Tourism....................................... 175 Swiftel Center....................................................................... 176 Watertown CVB.................................................................. 181 Yankton CVB......................................................................... 181 Wisconsin The Abbey Resort & Spa.................................................... 192 Barkers Island Inn Resort & Conference Center......................................................... 205 Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center......................................................... 200 Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel................................ 206 Best Western Harbor Shores............................................ 195 Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center......................................................... 199 Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin.................................. 187 Bridgeport Waterfront Resort.......................................... 204 Brookfield Suites Hotel & Conference Center............. 189 Chippewa Valley CVB.......................................................... 191 The Delafield Hotel............................................................. 190 Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.................. 197 Fond du Lac Area CVB....................................................... 192 Fox Cities CVB..................................................................... 188 The Geneva Inn.................................................................... 195 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness....................... 208 Greater Madison CVB........................................................ 196 Hampton Inn & Suites......................................................... 199 Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson...................... 202 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Stevens Point.................................................................... 204 Holiday Inn Express............................................................. 203 Holiday Inn - Manitowoc.................................................... 198 Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk......................................... 200 Janesville Area CVB............................................................. 194 Jefferson Street Inn.............................................................. 207 Kenosha Area CVB.............................................................. 194 Lake Lawn Resort................................................................ 190 Lakewoods Resort............................................................... 189 Landmark Resort................................................................. 191 LCO Casino Lodge & Convention Center.................... 193 The Lodge at Crooked Lake.............................................. 203 Manitowoc Area VCB.......................................................... 198 Minnesuing Acres................................................................. 196 Monona Terrace® Convention Center............................ 197 Onalaska Tourism Commission......................................... 201 Oshkosh CVB....................................................................... 201 Port Washington Tourism Council................................... 202 Racine County CVB............................................................ 202 Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay....... 193 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.............................................. 188 Stevens Point Area CVB..................................................... 203 Telemark Resort and Convention Center..................... 189 Tomah CVB........................................................................... 205 VISIT Milwaukee................................................................... 198 War Memorial Center........................................................ 199 Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB............................................. 206 Wausau/Central Wisconsin CVB...................................... 207 Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center.................. 208 Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB............................................. 208

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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 www.venerts.com • www.midamericahotels.com susan@venerts.com Country Inn & Suites 711 Diamond Jo Ln Northwood, IA 50459 641-323-7000 102 rooms, 2 meeting rooms, attached to Diamond Jo Casino www.countryinns.com/northwoodia Sleep Inn and Suites 2008 Central Ave Estherville, IA 51334 712-362-5522 62 rooms, 1 boardroom www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ia108 Sleep Inn and Suites 5850 Morning Star Ct Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 515-299-9922 77 rooms, 1 boardroom, 1 meeting room www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ia112 Comfort Inn 1402 N Walnut St Colfax, IA 50054 515-674-4455 61 rooms, 1 meeting room www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ia095

Country Inn & Suites 2214 E Main St Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-373-5513 77 rooms, 1 meeting room www.countryinns.com/albertleamn Comfort Suites 10580 Baltimore St NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-792-0750 98 rooms, 1 meeting room, 1 boardroom www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mn085 Sleep Inn and Suites 14435 Bank St Becker, MN 55308 763-262-7700 68 rooms, 1 boardroom www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mn080

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Country Inn & Suites 3400 8th Ave SE (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-8900 72 rooms, 1 meeting room www.countryinns.com/watertownsd Comfort Inn 800 35th St Circle (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-3010 59 rooms, 1 meeting room www.choicehotels.com/hotel/sd016 Governor’s Inn 700 W Sioux Ave Pierre, SD 57501 605-224-4200 82 rooms, 2 meeting rooms www.govinn.com

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Activity

IL

Create a Great Event with Shoreline Charters Shoreline Charters and Events • Kathe Elwell

474 N Lake Shore Dr, Ste 3511 • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-373-7255 • Fax: 312-321-0632 www.shorelinechartersandevents.com ke@shorelinechartersandevents.com

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!

Alton

Meet Where The Great Rivers Meet Just Minutes From St. Louis Alton Regional CVB

200 Piasa St • Alton • IL • 62002 800-ALTON-IL • Fax: 618-465-6151 www.visitalton.com • info@visitalton.com 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

Host your next meeting among the natural beauty of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. Let great minds converge where the mighty Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers collide. Enjoy our quaint river cities equipped with big city, state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Our small town charm can help you host more intimate gatherings in authentic places. After the meetings, let your members escape to terrific scenery, amazing archaeology, thought-provoking history, recreational fun, championship golfing, abundant nature, watchable wildlife and entertaining cultural attractions. Spend a night in the museum with an evening reception held at the point of departure for Lewis and Clark or looking out on the Mississippi River at the National Great Rivers Museum. Or better yet, ask us how we can incorporate these elements into your meetings or trainings. Let us help you create affordable meetings where the great rivers meet. Call 1-800-ALTONIL (258-6645) for a proposal that meets your organization’s needs.

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Bloomingdale

Where History & Character Meet IL

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort • Bob O’Connor 250 W Schick Rd • Bloomingdale • IL • 60108 630-529-0200 • 630-529-0675 www.hiltonindianlakes.com bob.oconnor@hilton.com

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 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, an award-winning 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 has introduced a championship golf teaching practice facility with the completion of a massive course renovation in 2008. Golf upgrades include a stunning redesign that incorporates 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 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.

Bloomington

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 www.bloomingtonnormalcvb.org

Bloomington-Normal offers excellent facilities, accessibility and superb services at an affordable cost. Centrally located along Interstates 55, 74 and 39, and only two hours from Attractions nearby: Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, Bloomington-Normal is your premier Children’s Discovery Museum, McLean County meeting destination. Travel by AMTRAK or through the Central Illinois Museum of History, Regional Airport, one of Central Illinois’ busiest airports located within 15 McLean County Arts minutes of all hotels and attractions. Center, Bloomington Center for the Performing We offer the facilities and first-class hotels to enhance your next meeting! Arts, Challenger Learning The Interstate Center is a full-service facility offering over 80,000 sq. ft. of meetCenter at Prairie Aviation Museum, Pepsi Ice Center, ing space, or try the new U.S. Cellular Coliseum in downtown Bloomington with over 180,000 sq. ft. of space. In addition, Illinois State University offers a U.S. Cellular Coliseum unique conference setting to meet your needs of up to 10,000 people. Meeting facilities: The The professional staff of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention Chateau Hotel and and Visitors Bureau are ready to assist you from site selection through postConference Center, Doubletree Hotel and convention follow up, insuring a successful event. Conference Center, Let our premier location, facilities and affordability increase attendance at Holiday Inn Hotel and your next meeting. Contact the Bloomington-Normal Area CVB staff today! Suites, Illinois State Area hotel rooms: 3,000+

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Champaign

Champaign County CVB IL

Champaign County CVB • Nathan Rice

1817 S Neil St, Ste 201 Champaign • IL • 61820-7269 800-369-6151 • Fax: 217-359-1809 www.visitchampaigncounty.org • nathanr@champaigncounty.org Area rooms: Over 3,500 Major meeting facilities: Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center Hawthorne Suites & Conference Center Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center I Hotel & Conference Center Attractions: Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch Japan House Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum U of I Assembly Hall Virginia Theater William M. Staerkel Planetarium

Looking for space? With over 241,000 square feet of meeting 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. Let our knowledgeable and friendly staff help plan your next event! We want to ensure your stay in Champaign County is a memorable and successful one.

Champaign

Champaign-Urbana’s New Luxury Hotel and State-of-the-Art Conference Center I Hotel and Conference Center

1900 S First St • Champaign • IL • 61820 217-819-5000 • Fax: 217-819-5010 www.StayAtTheI.com • info@StayAtTheI.com Rooms/suites: 126 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 7,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 1,000 On-site restaurants: Houlihan’s Restaurant iCafe Spa: Yes Fitness room: Yes Golf course nearby: Yes Airport transportation: Yes

An exciting alternative to the typical meeting place, the I Hotel and Conference Center is designed to stimulate your creativity and keep you motivated. Located in the Research Park at the University of Illinois, within walking distance of the Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium, the I Hotel and Conference Center includes a five-story, 126-room luxury hotel, a 220-seat fullservice restaurant, and a 38,000 sq. ft. conference center -- each with its own separate entrance and free parking. Stylishly distinctive, the I Hotel and Conference Center features upscale finishes and custom-designed furnishings. Ergonomic seating and the latest technological advancements are available in all the meeting rooms, including two large ballrooms, three large meeting rooms, six break-out rooms and a board room. There is also complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access throughout the I Hotel, Houlihan’s Restaurant, the iCafe and the conference center. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere in which every need is met and every request accommodated. Let our team of experts -- including certified event professionals, full-time AV technicians, on-site facility managers, and premium catering service -- oversee every unique detail. The I Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect destination for your next conference, meeting or event!

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Chicago

IL

The Seneca Hotel & Suites Where You Want to Be… in Chicago The Seneca Hotel & Suites • Amy Roth

200 E Chestnut • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-787-8900 • Fax: 312-988-4438 www.senecahotel.com • aroth@senecahotel.com

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.

Chicago

Conference Chicago

Meetings and Accommodations University Center • Mark Calderone and LaChandra Simon 525 S State St • Chicago • IL • 60605 312-924-8000 • Fax: 312-924-8131 www.universitycenter.com conference@universitycenter.com

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 space sq. ft.: on-premises catering, high-tech audiovisual equipment, professional staff and 15,000 exceptional amenities. The meeting rooms are designed to accommodate a Meeting rooms: 10 variety of configurations, providing the ideal environment for your next board Largest room sq. ft.: 2,400 meeting, seminar, workshop or retreat. Additionally, Conference Chicago offers year-round guest suites, summer Onsite dining: Dining facilities and onsite housing accommodations and on-premises dining services. Overnight guests catering have the added benefit of using the building’s fitness center, recreational/game room area, garden terrace and laundry facilities. Housing accommodations are Attractions: Sears Tower, fully furnished. Linen and housekeeping services are also available. Navy Pier, Chicago’s Museum Campus, Grant University Center, a multi-institutional living environment, is exceptionally and Millennium Parks, Michigan Avenue, Chicago located in the heart of Chicago. It is just minutes from Grant and Millennium Cultural Center, Chicago Parks, Navy Pier, museums and cultural institutions, the central business Symphony Orchestra district and numerous restaurants. Public transportation is right outside the door, providing easy access to anywhere within the city, including O’Hare and Golf nearby: Yes Midway Airports. Reception capacity: 360

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Chicago’s North Shore

IL

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 www.visitchicagonorthshore.com • meetings@cnscvb.com

Area hotel rooms: 3,150 Attractions nearby: Northwestern University, Chicago Botanic Garden, Westfield Old Orchard, The Glen Town Center, Northbrook Court shopping centers, Illinois Holocaust Museum Meeting facilities: Renaissance Chicago North Shore, Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center Chicago-North Shore, Hotel Orrington, Wyndham Glenview Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn North Shore, Hilton Garden Inn

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.

Chicago’s North Suburbs

For your next meeting, allow Chicago’s North Suburbs the opportunity to provide you with safe, affordable and friendly surroundings. Chicago’s North Suburbs CVB • Lou Ann Hayes

8 N Elmhurst Rd • Prospect Heights • IL • 60070 800-955-7259 • Fax: 847-577-8306 www.chicagonorthsuburbs.com l.hayes@chicagonorthsuburbs.com

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

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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 303.

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Chicago Southland

Discover the Unexpected! IL

Chicago Southland CVB • Mary Patchin, Director of Sales 2304 173rd St • Lansing • IL • 60438-6006 888-895-8233 • Fax: 708-895-8288 www.visitchicagosouthland.com info@visitchicagosouthland.com

Welcome to the Chicago Southland! Chicago Southland - the 62 south and southwest suburbs of Chicago - is the affordable, accessible meeting location, with 71 hotels and motels offering more than 6,000 rooms for every budget. Major meeting facilities: A variety of meeting and convention venues are available to meeting planners, including Tinley Park Convention a convention center/hotel complex and several exposition centers. Unique meeting places Center, Orland Park abound, with golf courses, horse racing tracks, historical buildings and one of the only Civic Center and other corporate teambuilding facilities in the Midwest. Entertainment options include fine arts alternative venues for performances, art galleries, popular music concerts, professional soccer, independent league small/mid-size meetings baseball and outdoor adventures along the region’s network of hiking and biking trails. The Chicago Southland region boasts 35 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 Club, the 1997 US Senior Open (also at Olympia Fields) and the PGA Western Open, held of the Chicago Fire annually at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Many of the Southland’s private golf clubs have Major League Soccer team, First Midwest Bank reciprocal agreements with clubs nationwide. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 57, 80, 94, 294, 90, 55 and 355, the Chicago Amphitheatre, Balmoral Southland is easily accessible to both Midway and O’Hare International airports, and Park Race Track (horse additional transportation options are readily available, including commuter rail, bus and racing), 35 public and semi-private golf courses, Amtrak. The Chicago Southland CVB assists meeting planners with site selection, bids/proposals, antique shopping, transportation coordination, registration, and more. Be sure to ask about our $500 “Our Idea teambuilding course, of a Treat” promotion and our FREE convention services! For additional information, please Windy City ThunderBolts call the Chicago Southland (Frontier League pro CVB toll free at 888-895baseball) 3211. Area rooms: 6,000+

Decatur

We make life easy for planners! Decatur Area CVB • Teri Hammel

202 E North St • Decatur • IL • 62523 217-423-7000 • Fax: 217-423-7455 www.decaturcvb.com • marketing@decaturcvb.com 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!

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DuPage

IL

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

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • Fax: 630-575-8078 www.discoverdupage.com • lisa@discoverdupage.com Area rooms: 16,000 Airports: O’Hare, Midway and DuPage Major meeting facilities: Eaglewood Conference Resort, Marriott Hickory Ridge Conference Center, Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center, Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Odeum Sports & Expo Center, Pheasant Run Resort & Conference Center, Q Center and Doubletree Guest Suites & Conference Center Downers Grove Attractions: Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny/1st Division Museum, Lynfred Winery, The Morton Arboretum, Naper Settlement, Oakbrook Center, Paramount Arts Centre & Copley Theatre, Yorktown Center/The Shops on Butterfield

DuPage County combines the urban excitement of a major metropolitan area with the convenience, charm and natural beauty of the suburbs. DuPage is just 20 miles west of Chicago, with quick and easy access to O’Hare and Midway International Airports. DuPage Airport is Illinois’ third busiest commuter airport, providing corporate and charter travel services in the heart of the I-88 technology and industrial corridor. A well-developed system of major expressways and mass transportation make getting around a breeze. With over 1.9 million sq. ft. of combined meeting space and more than 16,000 guestrooms in boutique to high-end conference hotels, DuPage can easily accommodate groups of five to 5,000. DuPage boasts over 50 golf courses, including four beautiful golf resorts with excellent meeting facilities, and we are proud to offer eight IACC-approved properties - perfect for your education and training events. Our varied cuisine is sure to please every palate and pocketbook. We’re also a shopper’s paradise with low taxes and ample free parking. A wide variety of attractions and amusements make it easy to fill your free time. The DuPage CVB staff works tirelessly to identify meetings that are the right fit for DuPage, build strong relationships with planners, and communicate their needs to venues. No wonder meeting planners consistently rate DuPage as a top Midwest destination! Experience our unique blend of high-powered business and fun-filled leisure for yourself. Contact the DuPage CVB at sales@discoverdupage.com or 800-232-0502, and see why your next meeting should be in DuPage County, The Magnificent Miles West of ChicagoTM.

Effingham

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

201 E Jefferson • Effingham • IL • 62401 800-772-0750 • Fax: 217-342-2746 www.visiteffinghamil.com • wiedmank@ci.effingham.il.us

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 Convention Effingham has the facilities to make your meeting or convention a smoothCenter running affair and the unique attractions to make it memorable. Nineteen Ballard Nature Center hotels offer over 1,300 comfortable rooms with amenities for every taste at very K of C Building affordable prices. Attractions: Effingham has the events and attractions to offer a welcome diversion The Rosebud Theatre and respite from the business at hand. Stroll the Sculpture on the Avenues, a Cross at the Crossroads year-long outdoor exhibit of world-class art. Plan an outing to visit the newly Corvette Museum Ballard Nature 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 theater 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

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Galena

Vintage Charm/Contemporary Spirit IL

Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB • Celestino Ruffini 720 Park Ave • Galena • IL • 60136 888-442-5362 • Fax: 815-777-3566 www.galena.org • sales@galena.org

Area rooms: 1,100 Airport: Dubuque Regional Airport - 30 miles Major meeting facilities: Chestnut Mountain Resort, Country Inn & Suites - Galena and Stockton, 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: Intriguing history, aweinspiring gardens, notable architecture, top-rated skiing/snowboarding, world-class golf, tempting cuisine, rejuvenating spas, award-winning wineries, boutique shopping

Choose Jo Daviess County for your group’s next adventure. Few destinations can match the wealth of experiences our region offers, one of the Midwest’s premier meeting destinations. Located in the northwest corner of Illinois, we’re a one-tank trip from the Chicagoland region, Iowa, Wisconsin and many major cities throughout the Midwest. Jo Daviess County gives inspiration to any meeting with the tranquility of its river valleys and boundless views of the scenic vistas. The topographyenriched destination highlights our 1,100 sleeping rooms, 50,000 square feet of traditional and unique venue meeting space, 189 holes of golf, full-service spas, downhill skiing/snowboarding, immaculate gardens, spectacular wineries, elegant architecture and fascinating history. From first-class resorts to upscale inns, Jo Daviess County is a great place for great minds to meet. The variety in facilities is endless. From a small meeting for five to a premier golf tournament for 500, you’re sure to find the perfect location that will give your attendees a lasting memory. Traveling to Jo Daviess County is a scenic experience by any means of transportation. Dubuque, Iowa, Madison, WI, and Chicagoland airports provide air service to the destination. If you decide to travel by car, we are within a four-hour drive from most major Midwest cities. Make sure to choose Jo Daviess County for your group’s next meeting of the minds.

Joliet

Meet In The Corridor Heritage Corridor CVB • June Anderson

339 W Jefferson St • Joliet • IL • 60435 800-535-5682 • Fax: 815-727-2324 www.HeritageCorridorCVB.com janderson@hccvbil.com 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 Jacob Henry Estate Weitendorf Educational 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

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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 meeting.

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Northlake

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 www.midwestconf.com • sales@midwestconf.com

•Midwest Conference Center has 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including our 15,000 sq. ft. Midwest Ballroom with 24-ft. ceiling height. Meeting space sq. ft.: 35,000

•The Midwest Ballroom is the largest column-free room in the area.

Largest room sq. ft.: 15,000

•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.

Meeting rooms: 8

•Six additional rooms accommodating ten to 660 people.

Reception capacity: 100-660

•Over 450 hotel rooms just minutes away, with shuttle services to our door.

Golf course nearby: Yes

•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 The City of Hospitality Chicagoland’s western neighbor, Oakbrook Terrace is only 20 miles from downtown Chicago and offers wonderfully comfortable hotel rooms with incredibly reasonable rates for your next meeting.

Oakbrook Terrace Hotels

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • 630-575-8070 • Fax: 630-575-8078 www.oakbrookterracehotels.com info@oakbrookterracehotels.com

When you’re visiting Chicagoland for business, the friendly City of Oakbrook Terrace deserves your attention! As “The City of Hospitality,” Oakbrook Terrace is a proud home to seven Meeting rooms: 26 outstanding hotels. Some boast world-class convention and meeting facilities DuPage County’s largest for intimate or mid-size gatherings, all comfortably affordable. ballroom Entertaining activities include Drury Lane Theater, renowned for professional Broadway-style theatre productions. With a glorious grand ballroom (the largest Onsite restaurants: 4 in DuPage County), seating for over 2,000 people, and world-class catering with personalized menu options, choosing Drury Lane Theatre makes every event a breeze to plan. At Drury Lane, budgets are respected and quality business is provided. The dining choices are virtually limitless - choose from dozens of restaurants located in the city. Your every shopping fantasy can also be met at nearby Oakbrook Center as well as on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue. And with its ideal location, the world of culture, sports, and other recreational activities are within easy access. Oakbrook Terrace is easily accessible and affordable, with all hotels offering FREE parking! Just 17 miles from Chicago, 20 minutes from O’Hare and Midway Airports, Oakbrook Terrace is nearby major expressways which connect the city to all of Northern Illinois. Visit www.oakbrookterracehotels.com for more information on Oakbrook Terrace, Chicagoland’s Hot Spot. Hotel rooms: 1,066

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Peoria

IL

YOUR MEETING WILL PLAY IN PEORIA! Peoria Area CVB • Heath McDaniel

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

Area rooms: 4,000 Nearest airport: General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International 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

Success for your next meeting is guaranteed as you find the best of the Midwest in the vibrant city of Peoria and its numerous surrounding communities. Our picturesque towns are bursting with natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural experiences, distinctive restaurants and a contagious spirit of fun – all blanketed upon the Illinois River Valley. A short drive from St. Louis or Chicago makes Peoria a convenient location and our newly expanded convention center, The Peoria Civic Center offers 110,000 sq. ft. of prime exhibit space, 27,000 sq. ft. ballroom and 16 additional breakout rooms to accommodate your next meeting or convention with ease. The Majestic Atrium, Great Hall, new Exhibit Hall D, Grand Ballroom, Theatre, along with other amenities provides ample space and the perfect ambiance for your next event. PACVB staff will offer assistance and guidance regarding Peoria Area services and information as well as your needs as an organization. From the main event to the finest details, the Peoria Area CVB staff is ready to assist you. Your meeting will surely Play in Peoria – where Midwest hospitality meet metropolitan amenities at an affordable price!

Peoria

Holiday Inn, Look Again… Holiday Inn City Centre Peoria • Karen Pfeiffer-Nash 500 Hamilton Blvd • Peoria • IL • 61602 309-674-2500 • Fax: 309-674-8705 www.hipeoria.com • hipeoria@kinseth.com

Rooms/suites: 319/28 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 1,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 12,300 Golf courses nearby: 2 Onsite restaurant: 1

The Holiday Inn City Centre is a full-service hotel conveniently located in downtown Peoria. We are within walking distance of the Peoria Riverfront, Peoria Civic Center, Caterpillar World headquarters, over 27 restaurants and minutes from the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Wildlife Prairie State Park, and local museums. We have over 20,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space that will accommodate a large national conference, a small corporate meeting, or an intimate wedding reception. Our Sales and Catering professionals are unmatched in our attention on detail and superb level of service, ensuring each and every event is perfectly executed from start to finish. 2009 will complete our multi-million dollar renovation. Our 12,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom has received a complete makeover including new carpet, wall vinyl, sound system and lighting. Our newly remodeled guest rooms will be sure to bring all of your guests to a new level of comfort. Our completion will bring a fresh and most appealing look to the Holiday Inn City Centre. Our amenities include: • Complimentary wireless high speed internet throughout our entire facility • Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Peoria International Airport • Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna • Bennigan’s Bar & Grill onsite serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service • Executive level floors that are perfect for any business traveler that includes complimentary breakfast and evening manager’s reception • Poolside family suites and Hospitality Suites

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Springfield

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 www.planonspringfieldil.com gina.gemberling@springfield.il.us Airport: Abraham Lincoln’s Capital 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, Abraham Lincoln’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!

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Springfield President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center • Kellyann Penick Rooms/suites: 316/2 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,000 701 E Adams St • Springfield • IL • 62701 Largest room sq. ft.: 7,000 217-544-8800 • Fax: 217-544-8079 Meeting rooms: 15 www.palhacc.com • sales@palhacc.com Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Yes Location! Service! Affordability! 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 IL

St. Charles CVB • Carol Mitchell

311 N Second St • St. Charles • IL • 60174 800-777-4373 • Fax: 630-513-0566 www.visitstcharles.com • carol@visitstcharles.com Area rooms: 2,400 Major meeting facilities: Advanced Center for Training 3 Expo Centers Hotel Baker Pheasant Run Conference Center Q Center Golf courses: 5 Attractions: Century Corner Shops Fox River Recreation Celebrated 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 three expo centers as well as the landmark 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 celebrated Downtown filled with delightful pubs and riverfront restaurants, antique and unique boutiques. 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 www.pheasantrun.com • groupsales@pheasantrun.com 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 www.pheasantrun.com. When you plan your event at the largest entertainment resort in the Midwest, everyone can Do More. Rooms/suites: 473

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Willowbrook

IL

Willowbrook Hotels Affordable, Accessible, Incredible! The Location for Every Destination Willowbrook Hotels

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 or 630-575-8070 • Fax: 630-575-8078 www.willowbrookhotels.com • info@willowbrookhotels.com

Affordable, accessible, incredible! Put Willowbrook at the top of your itinerary. Wherever you plan to go in Chicago, come to the Village of Willowbrook first, offering generous accommodations, comfortable amenities and all the benefits of the Meeting rooms: 15 Windy City. Just minutes from Midway Airport and 20 miles from McCormick Place, Meeting space: 14,000 Willowbrook offers convenient locations for meetings. Get away after a long day of Nearly 50 public and conventions at McCormick Place and stay in comfort at a nearby Willowbrook Hotel. private golf courses Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Willowbrook’s hotels are the perfect place to relax. While staying in Willowbrook, plan plenty of time to enjoy the inviting diversions. Beautiful parks, hiking and biking trails, sports centers, gardens and spectacular golf will lure you back again and again. For a power lunch or relaxed evening meal, you’ll also find an appetizing mix of menus. Just 18 miles southwest of Chicago, Willowbrook is convenient to major business hubs, world-class dining and entertainment. Whether you come to attend a conference or explore the landscape you’ll find the area has much to offer. Venture to downtown Chicago by commuter train or car – you’ll enjoy this international destination from Willowbrook’s most desirable perspective. Plan your next meeting in Willowbrook, The Location for Every Destination at info@willowbrookhotels.com. Hotel rooms: 582

Woodfield

Meetings are SPOT ON every time. Woodfield Chicago Northwest CB • Tom Guercio

Accredited by the DMAP of DMAI Schaumburg • IL • 60173 800-847-4849 • Fax: 847-490-1212 www.ChicagoNorthwest.com • tguercio@ChicagoNorthwest.com

Woodfield Chicago Northwest is one of the Midwest’s most dynamic destinations for meetings and events. The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Airport: O’Hare Convention Center, featuring a 500-room ultra-modern hotel and 100,000 sq. International, 5 miles ft. convention center, is an incredible addition to over 47 hotels and state-ofthe-art conference facilities. Major meeting facilities: A sampling - Renaissance CoCo Key Indoor Water Resort at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest offers Schaumburg Hotel & exciting entertainment options for meeting attendees and their families. Also Convention Center, new is the first Legoland Discovery Center in the United States, where families Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Hyatt can play and learn together. Regency Woodfield, Widely known for Illinois’ largest tourist attraction, Woodfield Mall, the Marriott Schaumburg, region has a vibrant shopping district, charming downtown areas, entertainment Wojcik Conference venues and the world-famous Arlington Park Racecourse. Endless dining Center choices include top Chicago names, upscale establishments, and local favorites. The region is only minutes from O’Hare Airport, central in the Chicago metropolitan area, has easy access to transportation and FREE HOTEL PARKING. Woodfield Chicago Northwest combines urban pulse, convenience, and world-class service to ensure your meeting experience is SPOT ON every time. Visit our NEW website for floor plans, free Bureau services, and to submit an RFP. Area rooms: 7,800+

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Angola

Indiana’s Hidden Jewel Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center

6 Lane 100A Lake James • Angola • IN • 46703 877-768-2928 • Fax: 260-833-8957 www.indianainns.com • dmorey@dnr.in.gov Check us out at www.impactmovie.com/potawatomiinn

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

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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

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Bloomington

Breakaway to Bloomington Bloomington CVB • Julie Warren

2855 N Walnut St • Bloomington • IN • 47404 800-800-0037 • Fax: 812-334-2344 www.visitbloomington.com julie@visitbloomington.com

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

Host your next event in the heart of it all Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center • Charlene Renner 302 S College Ave • Bloomington • IN • 47403 812-336-3681• Fax: 812-349-2981 www.bloomingtonconvention.com crenner@bloomingtonconvention.com

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

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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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Columbus 506 Fifth St • Columbus • IN • 47201 800-468-6564 • Fax: 812-378-2622 www.columbus.in.us • lindseyskeen@sbcglobal.net

Be inspired by this Unforgettable City

Area rooms: 1,600+ Nearest airports: Indianapolis: 45 Louisville: 75 Kentucky: 75 Major meeting facilities: Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Richard Johnson Education and Conference Center Opening 2009, Factory 12 Event Lofts

Columbus, Indiana is located on I-65, in the center of a triangle forming Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Chicago. By 2010, Columbus will have a new conference center downtown, in addition to the existing facilities such as the Hilton Garden Inn and newly renovated Holiday Inn Conference Center. With three new hotels in development, the community will soon boast of 1,600 hotel rooms. Conference attendees find unexpected surprises here. The first-class architecture, the dazzling landscapes and the outstanding collection of public art give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. For information on the many exciting changes and opportunities for meetings in Columbus, visit www.columbus.in.us. Attractions: Columbus Ranked Among Best Historic Destinations in the World! National Geographic Traveler calls city a “Jewel in the Region”

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Florence

Easy to Love. Hard to Leave. Belterra Casino Resort & Spa • Kim Hutcherson 777 Belterra Dr • Florence • IN • 47020 888-440-4498 • Fax: 812-427-7815 www.belterracasino.com/meetings khutcherson@belterracasino.com

Rooms/suites: 608 Meeting space sq. ft.: 33,000 Meeting rooms: 10 Largest room sq. ft.: 12,600 Reception: 1,200 Golf course: Onsite Onsite restaurants: 5

Just 58 miles west of Cincinnati, Belterra Casino Resort & Spa is the convention leader in the heart of the Indiana/Ohio/Kentucky tri-state area. Belterra’s magnificent tower rises 15 stories above the scenic Ohio River. With 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting facilities, 608 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a banquet and catering department that’s both knowledgeable and efficient, there’s plenty of room to accommodate you and your party. It’s just a few seconds walk from the shiny marble of Belterra’s opulent lobby to the championship golf course that circumscribes the grounds. And this is no ordinary course: the readers of Golf Digest named Tom Fazio’s brainchild one of America’s five best upscale public courses. Belterra features exceptional dining at five restaurants, including the latest steakhouse from Cincinnati’s most renowned restaurateur, Jeff Ruby. The resort also boasts a fabulously decadent spa, with hair and skin treatments guaranteed to spoil you. When the sun goes down, Belterra brightens with big-name entertainment in the spacious yet intimate 1,500-seat CenterStage ShowroomSM. And if you’re game, we’ve got your game. The exciting casino action never stops on our hundreds of slot machines and dozens of table games. Make your next meeting memorable. Book Belterra today.

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Columbus Area Visitors Center • Lindsey Skeen, DOS


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 www.grandwayne.com • michaelc@grandwayne.com

IN 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 www.grandwayne.com.

Indianapolis

So easy to do so much! Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association Susie Townsend, Vice President of Services

30 S Meridian St, Ste 410 • Indianapolis • IN • 46204 317-639-5275 • Fax: 317-639-5273 www.indy.org • stownsend@indianapolis.org Area rooms: 4,700 rooms skywalkconnected to convention center, total of 7,200 downtown and 32,000 in metro area Airport: New Indianapolis International Airport is a 15-minute drive from downtown Major meeting facilities: Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium with a combined 749,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space Entertainment/ attractions: Circle Centre mall downtown, 200 downtown restaurants, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Colts, Pacers, world’s largest Children’s Museum, downtown White River State Park

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No city does it better than Indianapolis. Proclaimed by meeting planners as America’s most walkable city, Indianapolis offers first-class convention facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions all connected by a convenient skywalk system and all literally just steps from each other. By late 2010, the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center will be completed, bringing online 566,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. The center is connected by enclosed walkway to the new Lucas Oil Stadium and its 183,000 sq. ft. of space. The experience is enhanced by 12 premier hotel properties with 4,700 rooms connected to the center by skywalks. Respected brands such as Westin, Hyatt, Marriott, Conrad and Omni will be joined in 2011 by the new JW Marriott complex and its 1,600+ rooms. Delegates and planners enjoy the close proximity and connections to 200 restaurants, 50 attractions and downtown’s shopping showpiece, Circle Centre mall. Find out why planners are buzzing about Indianapolis. Visit www.indy.org.

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Three Hotels in One Meeting Location Offering a Package Like No Other Indianapolis Marriott Center • Vicki Lee

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

Located in one convenient location, the Indianapolis Marriott East, Fairfield Inn & Suites East, and La Quinta Inn East offer 501 guestrooms and 57,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Only seven minutes from downtown Indianapolis, 20 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport and five minutes within most major highways leading to and from Indianapolis, this three-hotel campus is very popular among top meeting planners. Beautifully landscaped and providing complimentary parking, the campus provides meeting planners with 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 63room 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 providing all meeting space under one roof. An onsite information technology company provides state-of-the-art audio-visual services keeping up with the latest trends. Two restaurants are located on campus and an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues are located nearby.

Lafayette

Two Great Cities, One Great University Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB • Ashley Simpson

301 Frontage Rd • Lafayette • IN • 47905 800-872-6648 • Fax: 765-447-5062 www.HomeOfPurdue.com • asimpson@HomeOfPurdue.com 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, Wildcat Creek Winery, 9 golf courses, Indianapolis Int’l Airport (60 miles) 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 theatre, 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!

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7202 E 21st St • Indianapolis • IN • 46219 317-352-1231 • Fax: 317-352-9775 www.marriott.com/inddt • vlee@indymarriotteast.com


Michigan City

Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Features 20,000 sq. ft. Event Center Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa • Deann Patena

2 Easy St • Michigan City • IN • 46360 219-861-4861 • Fax: 219-861-4858 www.bluechipcasino.com • deannpatena@boydgaming.com

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In January Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa added 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space as well as a 22-story, 302-room hotel tower, which makes it one of the largest facilities in Northwest Indiana. The $130 million Blue Chip expansion also includes a spa, fitness center and two new restaurants. Located an hour’s drive east of Chicago in Michigan City, Indiana, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa offers exhilarating casino excitement in a comfortable, customer-friendly setting. Before the expansion Blue Chip featured a 65,000 sq. ft., single-level casino, a pavilion with three restaurants, a coffee bar, gift shop, entertainment lounge and a 184room hotel. The Vegas-style glamour starts at the entrance, with a striking metal porte cochere to embrace guests’ arrival. The contemporary focal point is the 286-ft. tall hotel tower, with its curtain wall of aluminum and varying shades of blue vision glass that award-winning architect Lucien Lagrange says echoes its waterfront location: “The nautically-inspired design is reminiscent of a tall light tower, like the prow of a ship.” The new tower features 242 upscale rooms and 60 suites, bringing Blue Chip’s room total to 486. In addition, the 20,000 sq. ft. event center is one of the largest in Northwest Indiana, and accommodates stage productions, concerts, conventions, trade shows, boat and vehicle exhibitions, weddings and other special events. Combined with the 5,000 sq. ft. ballroom and three meeting/function rooms in the pavilion, Blue Chip offers more than 30,000 sq. ft. of convention/entertainment space, in all. Although the main ballroom at the event center can seat up to 1,000 guests for a sit-down dinner, the room can be split into six breakout rooms. These rooms, along with four other meeting/function rooms at the center, range in size from 850 to 2,750 sq. ft. For more information on meetings and conventions at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa contact Deann Patena, Director of Sales at 219-861-4861or visit www.bluechipcasino.com

Rooms/suites: 486 Meeting space sq. ft.: 30,000 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 4

Muncie

The Cat’s Meow! Muncie/Delaware County CVB • Shonda Kane

425 N High St, Ste 5 • Muncie • IN • 47305 800-568-6862 • 765-284-2700 Munciecvb.org • info@munciecvb.org Area rooms: 1,000 Nearest airport: Indianapolis - 58 miles Golf courses: 7 public Major meeting facilities: Horizon Convention Center, Cornerstone Center for the Arts Attractions: Minnetrista, Greenways/ Trails, Downtown Art Gallery District, Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie Children’s Museum, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Theatre and Concerts Step-on guides and sample tour itineraries available

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One visit to our community, rich with history, recreation and festivals, will win you over and have you coming back for more. We are conveniently located off of I-69 in East Central Indiana. The Muncie Visitor’s Bureau offers a variety of services. Whether you are visiting with family, on a bus tour or planning a convention or family reunion, we would like to take part in making your visit to Muncie a great one. We are proud of our reputation for providing big town service at small town prices. We offer many wonderful attractions, festivals and events throughout the year. Incorporating these great happenings into your conference at the Horizon Convention Center creates an unforgettable meeting place. The Horizon features 47,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting space and is located within walking distance of numerous attractions such as the historic downtown district, art galleries, children’s museum, unique shops and eateries. Please contact us before deciding your next family or business venue. We are waiting to assist you with hotel accommodations, area information, tour itineraries and more!

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Muncie

We’ll help you shine. Horizon Convention Center • Jodi Massey

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401 S High St • Muncie • IN • 47303 888-288-8860 • Fax: 765-751-9190 www.horizonconvention.com jmassey@horizonconvention.com

Meeting space sq. ft.: 47,000 Exhibiting space sq. ft.: 23,400 Meeting rooms: 19 Downtown: Thriving

The Horizon Convention Center offers the essentials to any successful convention and any successful planner - one-stop shopping. From tours to themes to off-the-beaten-path event experiences, the Horizon Convention Center along with the Muncie Visitors’ Bureau come together to plan and coordinate very personalized and memorable convention events. The Horizon Convention Center is located in the heart of the Hospitality District. Visitors will enjoy Muncie’s “block party” ambience - thanks to a concentration of museums, galleries, restaurants and nightspots, all within walking distance of the convention center. Let the Horizon Convention Center take care of the details. We’ll help you shine!

Plymouth

Swan Lake Resort Jeannette Teall

5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail • Plymouth • IN • 46563 800-582-7539 • Fax: 574-935-5087 www.swanlakeresort.com • info@slresort.com

Rooms/suites: 92 Meeting space sq. ft.: 22,000 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

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. And when your meeting day ends, you’re sure to find just the right way to unwind. Amenities abound at Swan Lake, and include a full-service spa, exercise facility, indoor and outdoor pools and two 18-hole championship golf courses. For your dining pleasure, choose the casual intimacy of Sam’s Pro-Shop Grill or the quiet expanse of Sam Snead’s Tavern & Grill. Your next conference experience awaits at Swan Lake Resort. We’re waiting to meet you. • 22,000 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 full-service spa and salon • Lighted tennis courts • Indoor and outdoor pool • 1,200 sq. ft. gift shop

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.

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Shipshewana

Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB • JoDee Hooley

780 S Van Buren St • Shipshewana • IN • 46565 800-254-8090 • Fax: 260-768-4091 www.VisitShipshewana.org • jodee@lagrangecountycvb.org

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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: Blue Gate Restaurant & Theater, MennoHof Amish Mennonite Cultural Center, Antique Car Museum, Indoor Waterpark, and Historic Downtown with over 100 shops including Amish handcrafted furniture and quilts

LaGrange County, in northeastern Indiana, is the perfect place for meetings, seminars, retreats or small conventions. Home to the second largest Amish settlement in the United States, Shipshewana is surrounded by quiet and tranquil farms, yet offers a unique experience rooted in family and traditions. The area offers over 20,000 square feet of meeting space between three facilities, over 700 rooms and some of the best home-style food in the world. Contact JoDee Hooley for more information toll free at 800-254-8090. • Friendly, knowledgeable staff to assist with all planning to assure a successful meeting. • Within three hours of Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis. • Beautiful Amish Countryside and a unique slower pace of life. • Shopping, Attractions, Theater, Backroads Tours available.

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Shipshewana Shipshewana Town Center

760 S Van Buren St • Shipshewana • IN • 46565 260-768-3021 • Fax: 260-768-3023 www.shipshewanatowncenter.com Contact us: cforbes@shipshewanatowncenter.com

Northern Indiana’s newest meeting venue

Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,000 Reception capacity: 10-1,000 Free WiFi Complete business center

The Shipshewana Town Center, with 15,000 sq. ft. of customizable convention, trade show, and special event space, is an ideal location for family reunions, business events, group getaways of all sizes. Shipshewana, located within three hours of Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, is truly a unique destination. With a full service event coordination team, the Shipshewana Town Center staff will exceed your needs from event planning to wrap-up. An additional ten acres of outdoor space offers unlimited possibilities.

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Ames

It’s where you belong! Gateway Hotel & Conference Center • Curt Miller

2100 Green Hills Dr • Ames • IA • 50014 515-292-8600 • Fax: 515-268-2239 www.gatewayames.com • info@gatewayames.com

You want to gather where you Sheltered from the big-city hustle and bustle, Gateway Hotel andand Conference Hotel Conference Center w Center makes it easy to settle in and focus on business. With our attractive The entire c your organization. gathering areas and thoughtfully designed meeting spaces with by anatural caringlighting, staff of experienced your meeting or conference is sure to be spectacular. Rooms/suites: 187/2 will work closely with you, dow Our 2,400 sq. ft. Waterfall Garden Patio is a beautiful setting for corporate Meeting space sq. ft.: gatherings, receptions and other outdoor events. This fabulous patio isGateway borderedHotel and C 16,000 by a tranquil waterfall garden complemented by mature evergreens, natural grasses, and colorful annuals and perennials, which provides a fragrant and Meeting rooms: 12 glorious backdrop for your gathering. Gateway also has four terrace areas, ranging from nearly 1,100 sq. ft. to just over 1,700 sq. ft., which are great for Reception capacity: 850 You want to gather where you are welcome and Gateway pre-meeting gatherings, breakout sessions, exhibits and receptions. Golf courses nearby: 2 The Gateway staff has expertise Hotel and Conference Center will ensure a the great event to formake sure every part of your meeting andentire stay will be justisright. In fact, that’s the idea behind our Platinum Service yourrestaurant: organization. The center expertly managed Onsite 1 Guarantee. Every time you plan a meeting with us, we guarantee your room, by a caring staff of experienced meeting professionals who equipment, food and refreshments are just as you requested. If anything is not to will work closely withyour you, down the very last detail. we can to make it right. At Gateway liking, weto promise to do everything Hotel and Conference Center, your agenda is our agenda.

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Burlington

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 www.visitburlingtoniowa.com bnickel@growburlington.com

Area rooms: 644

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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.

Burlington

PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex • Megan Bell

3001 Winegard Dr • Burlington • IA • 52601 319-237-1238 • Fax: 319-237-1253 www.thePZAZZ.com • megan.bell@thepzazz.com

Rooms/suites: 40 adults only suites and 142 rooms Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Reception capacity: Yes Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 4

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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 six 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! Resort 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

Iowa’s Premier Event Centers Park Place Event Centre

1521 Technology Pkwy Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Sky Event Centre

Black’s Building, 8th Fl 501 Sycamore St Waterloo, IA 50701

Meeting space sq. ft.: 24,000 + Restaurant, 10,000 + Restaurant & Lounge Meeting rooms: 8, 4 Reception capacity: Park Place 50 to 550, Sky 50 to 450 Largest room sq. ft.: Park Place 10,272, Sky Ballroom 4,000 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 (each venue) Attractions: University of Northern Iowa, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Downtown Cedar Falls Cultural District, The Grout Museum District, Dan Gable Wrestling Museum, Multiple Golf Courses

Barmuda is Iowa’s dining and entertainment leader offering two event centers, innovative restaurants featuring party rooms and private dining rooms for small to large events. Our years of experience and our award-winning chefs ensure your event is perfect in every way. Park Place Event Centre is Iowa’s most elegant event facility. The unique lakeside location, covered veranda, and connecting terrace offer a beautiful outdoor setting. Park Place is 24,000 sq. ft. of meeting and gathering space with elegant décor, state-of-the-art technology and a multi-functional conference room. Sky Event Centre is Iowa’s most unique event facility located in the historic Black’s Building in downtown Waterloo. The 8th floor location offers a stunning view of the Cedar Valley. Historically known as Black’s Tea Room, Sky is an elegantly restored landmark, combining splendor and elegance with 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting and gathering space. The grand ballroom seats up to 226 people and will be available Spring 2009. Bourbon Street Restaurant and Voodoo Lounge on the first floor and mezzanine of the Black’s building offers other meeting, dining, and entertainment options on site. From small meeting rooms to large social gatherings Barmuda is Iowa’s dining and entertainment leader.

Cedar Rapids

Experience Cedar Rapids. Right place, right people with the right attitude Cedar Rapids CVB • Susan Lloyd

319-398-5383 Ext 126 • Fax: 319-398-5089 www.cedar-rapids.com • slloyd@cedar-rapids.com Area rooms: 2,805 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 Kirkwood Continuing Education Center Attractions: African American Historical Museum, Brucemore, Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, National Czech & Slovak Museum, Science Station, 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 those who have experienced Cedar Rapids by attending conventions here report that friendliness and hospitality prevail. Our central location offers convenient travel to your attendees. Excellent air service and superb highways and interstates make Cedar Rapids easily accessible. Rich with a strong sense of history and ethnic traditions, Cedar Rapids’ attractions will enhance your conference experience. In addition, you can enjoy top notch entertainment at Theater Cedar Rapids and from the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. 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 will allow you to experience the adrenaline inducing world of hockey. Take in world renowned entertainment at the U.S. Cellular Center. The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is the first call to make when planning your next convention. Call or email today to request your free Visitors Guide and begin to experience Cedar Rapids!

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Sales and Catering Manager • Bridget Bryson 319-277-1255 • Fax: 319-268-7298 Brit@barmuda.com • www.Barmuda.com


Clinton

Meetings You Can Afford… in a City You Can’t Afford to Miss! Clinton CVB • Heather Hilgendorf-Cooley

721 S 2nd St • Clinton • IA • 52732 563-242-5702 • Fax: 563-242-5803 www.clintoniowatourism.com • hhilgendorf@clintonia.com Area rooms: 820 Airport: Quad Cities - 40 miles

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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, Clinton Marina & Restaurant, Curtis Mansion, Eagle Point Park, Historical Society, Wild Rose Casino & Resort, 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, step-on guides, name tags, welcome bags, greeting services and registration assistance. The Wild Rose Casino & Resort is a new, first-class addition to Clinton’s meeting amenities. The 120,000 sq. ft. facility features the 10,000 sq. ft. Oakwood Grand Ballroom, with the capacity to host up to 750 people. Guests may dine at Coaches Corner Sports Bar & Grill or the Sawmill Buffet, with seating for more than 260 people. The 60-room hotel features six luxury suites. Let our CVB staff and our Conventions and Meetings personnel help customize your meeting needs. Your one-stop shop is the Clinton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Council Bluffs

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

7 N Sixth St • Council Bluffs • IA • 51503 800-228-6878 Ext 115 • Fax: 712-322-5698 www.councilbluffsiowa.com • jbeier@councilbluffsiowa.com Area rooms: 2,000+ Nearest airport: Omaha - 10 minutes Major meeting facilities: Mid-America Center Ameristar Casino Holiday Inn @ Ameristar Harrah’s Casino Hotel Attractions: Bass Pro Outdoor World Bayliss Park & Veterans Plaza Children’s Square Commemorative Air Force Museum Ditmars Orchard Golden Spike Monument Historic General Dodge House Historic Squirrel Cage Jail Kanesville Tabernacle Lewis & Clark Monument Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge Union Pacific Museum: Rails West Railroad Museum Western Historic Trails Center & Visitors Center

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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 specifically for your group. Council Bluffs is located less than ten minutes from Omaha, Nebraska’s Eppley Airport, at the intersection of I-80 and I-29. Only 180 miles from Kansas City, MO, 130 miles from Des Moines, IA, and 60 miles from Lincoln, NE. At the heart of our meeting space is the Mid-America Center, featuring over 66,000 sq. ft. of smoke free meeting space and 13,500 sq. ft. of pre-function space, eight breakout rooms and two ballrooms. The 9,000-seat arena features year-round big name concerts, seasonal arena football and ice hockey. The Country Inn & Suites is connected to the MidAmerica Center by an enclosed walkway featuring 133 rooms. The 151-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott and the 112-room Sleep Inn & Suites are within walking distance to the Mid-America Center as well as nearby restaurants. In addition, we offer ample meetings space at Ameristar Casino Hotel, Harrah’s Casino Hotel, and the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites at Ameristar. All facilities offer free parking! New developments in Council Bluffs include the Marketplace and Metro Crossing outdoor shopping centers and two new hotels coming in 2009; Hilton Garden Inn featuring 153 rooms connected to Jack Binion’s Horseshoe Casino and the Microtel Suites adjacent to Star Cinema Imax Theatre. Local visitor attractions include over 20 museums and historical sites, hiking and biking trails, five unique golf courses and many unique wineries.

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Davenport

The Center of Exceptional Meetings RiverCenter/Adler Theatre • Kaye Tilton, CMP

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 an 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 www.visitquadcities.com.

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

Decorah

Meet, Retreat, Restore, & Rejuvenate! Hotel Winneshiek

104 E Water St • Decorah • IA • 52101 563-382-4164 • Fax: 563-382-4189 www.hotelwinn.com • meetings@hotelwinn.com

Rooms/suites: 26/5 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,380 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 250 Golf course nearby: 1 Onsite restaurants: Yes

The Hotel Winneshiek, Opera House and Conference Center offers an exciting location for conferences, meetings and retreats. The Hotel Winneshiek is a restored turn-of-the-century hotel set amidst the charm of Decorah, Iowa, a community that retains a vital downtown business and entertainment atmosphere. The hotel has 31 guest rooms and suites that are only part of a luxurious, upscale and artistically designed property. A marble fireplace, Waterford crystal chandelier, antique furnishing and exquisite millwork create an inviting atmosphere for meeting and conference guests. The Opera House and Conference Center includes three acoustically refined, highly equipped meeting spaces, including an executive board room and the Opera House itself. With over 5,000 sq. ft. of space, the rooms can be selected and configured to meet the specific requirements of the conference planner. Your meeting, retreat or conference will be at the center of one of the Upper Midwest’s most scenic locales. People travel to Decorah from across the nation to enjoy the rolling hills, unique “Chimney rock” bluffs, cultural events and year round recreational activities. Shopping, restaurants and bistros, antiquing, galleries, museums, spas and bookstores are all within walking distance of the Hotel Winneshiek Opera House and Conference Center. Call 800-998-4164 or e-mail meetings@hotelwinn.com for more information.

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136 E Third St • Davenport • IA • 52801 563-326-8500 • Fax: 563-326-8505 www.riverctr.com • ktilton@riverctr.com


Des Moines

The Iowa Events Center is a four-venue, multi-purpose convention, entertainment and tradeshow complex Iowa Events Center • Carrie Jackson 730 Third St • Des Moines • IA • 50309 515-564-8000 • Fax: 515-564-8001 www.iowaeventscenter.com • cjackson@iowaeventscenter.com

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Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,000-150,000 Meeting rooms: 35 Reception capacity: 8-2,600 Largest room sq. ft.: 150,000 Golf courses nearby: 4 nearby Onsite restaurant: 1

Hy-Vee Hall - Polk County Convention Complex - Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Wells Fargo Arena The venues that comprise the Iowa Events Center provide facilities well suited for tradeshows, exhibits, conventions, meetings, entertainment and sports. The $217 million center provides over 1.1 million sq. ft. of connected space in vibrant downtown Des Moines. Exhibitors and attendees will enjoy Midwestern hospitality in this safe, clean community. Designed for convenience and versatility, the Iowa Events Center offers 150,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space accommodating 1,020 booths or 6,000 for a banquet, and is divisible into three rooms. Hy-Vee Hall has 35-ft. ceilings, ten loading bays and two drive-on ramps from a dedicated, off-street staging area. Exhibitors will enjoy the ease of move-in and the services readily available at the booth through recessed utility boxes including state-of-the-art telecommunications. 17 meeting rooms, spacious pre-function areas, wireless and fiber-optic connections and a variety of show offices and storage space await each meeting professional. The Polk County Convention Complex has a 47,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall and 26 flexible meeting rooms, high-speed internet throughout the building and gracious catering services for groups from five to 4,000+. Des Moines’ skywalk system connects meeting facilities with convention hotels, parking, restaurants and shopping. More than 1,700 downtown sleeping rooms are within one mile of the Iowa Events Center, with a variety of amenities and rates to accommodate all budgets.

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Dubuque Diamond Jo Casino • Lori Bahl

PO Box 1750 • Dubuque • IA • 52001 563-690-4854 or 800-582-5956 • Fax: 563-690-2101 www.diamondjo.com • lori.bahl@diamondjo.com

Dubuque’s “Entertainment Destination”

Meeting space sq. ft.: Over 5,000 Meeting rooms: 2 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3

The New Diamond Jo Casino is poised to be the preeminent entertainment destination in the Midwest. Featuring over 900 slot machines, 17 table games and a live poker room, the casino is THE place for sizzling gaming action. The Diamond Jo’s banquet facility offers over 5,000 sq. ft. of space. Perfect for business or entertaining. Knock down some pins at Cherry lanes, a 30 lane bowling facility featuring Alley Cat VIP Lanes, ideal for private parties. Mississippi Moon Bar features the best national and regional acts. Other amenities include Woodfire Grille, Mojo’s Sports Bar and so much more. Attractions: Five Flags Civic Center, Mines of Spain, Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Grand Opera House, Galena Canning Company, Dubuque 365 Community Guide to Events

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

Meeting space sq. ft.: 86,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Banquet capacity: 3,000 Exhibit hall sq. ft.: 30,000 Ballroom sq. ft.: 12,000 Meeting room sq. ft.: 12,000 Feature room: 2,500 sq. ft. glassenclosed River Room overlooking the Mississippi River Attached rooms: 193 at the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Have the beautiful views of the Mississippi River provide the inspiration for your next meeting or conference. Let our charming and experienced staff take care of all the details, while you enjoy the facility’s large patios, elegant pre-function space and solid floor-toceiling glass walls in select areas. Stroll on the expansive patio and riverwalk overlooking the Mississippi. This state-of-the-art conference center 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 •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. •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 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

Dubuque

Take a New Look Opening Early 2009 Hotel Julien Dubuque • Mark Czeshinski

200 Main St • Dubuque • IA • 52001 563-556-4200 • Fax: 563-582-5023 www.hoteljuliendubuque.com • dos@hoteljuliendubuque.com

Rooms/suites: 110/23 Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,121 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 500 Golf courses nearby: Several Onsite restaurant: 1

A new era begins for the Hotel Julien Dubuque. For over 150 years, this historic hotel has served as the standard of excellence for hospitality in the region. And now, this family-owned property is undergoing a 28 million dollar renovation, reopening early 2009. Guests will experience the grandeur of the past, while enjoying the very finest in service and accommodations. Experience the perfect blend of historic character and modern refinement in Dubuque’s premier hotel. For your dining pleasure, Caroline’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Guests may dine in or choose room service. The Riverboat Lounge and Terrace features entertainment and a full variety of beverages including martinis and a host of local brews. Guests can rejuvenate in our new indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise facility. Full-service spa onsite. Guests can take advantage of our shuttle service to area airports and the Port of Dubuque, which hosts the Grand River Convention Center, Diamond Jo Casino, and the National Mississippi River Museum. The hotel is also the perfect choice for hosting your next meeting or event. Planning a regional sales meeting, board retreat, or elegant event? Groups from two to 500 are accommodated in our spectacular surroundings. Multifunctional spaces include pre-function areas (including the River Terrace) for receptions and exhibits, as well as banquet rooms and private dining rooms. Magnificent limestone bluffs and the mighty Mississippi surround this Main Street downtown Dubuque facility welcoming your arrival.

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Ice Cream Capital of the World® Le Mars CVB • Jessica Lingren

40 Central Ave SE • Le Mars • IA • 51031 712-548-4971 • Fax: 712-548-4986 www.lemarsiowa.com • jjester@lemarscomm.net Area rooms: 270 Major meeting facilities: LeMars Convention Center Willow Creek Municipal Golf Course Knights of Columbus Hall Eagles Club Century Hall Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Baymont Inn & Suites Amber Inn Attractions: Ice Cream Capital of the World® Visitor Center LeMars Art Center LeMars Community Theatre Plymouth County Historical Museum Willow Creek Municipal Golf Course Willow Creek Camp Ground Recreation Trail Plymouth County Fair Plymouth County Fairgrounds/ Pioneer Village and Round Barn Community Wellness Center Indoor Aquatic Center Outdoor swimming pool and water park Riverview Complex 13 parks

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Le Mars, Iowa, the county seat of Plymouth County, is the financial, industrial, educational, recreational, employment, shopping and arts center of the surrounding area. A spirit of excellence and harmony are prominent in the growth of businesses and industries that market products and services throughout the nation and abroad. The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation and the City of Le Mars are united in the effort to make Le Mars an excellent business community. The citizens are proud of the quality of life in Le Mars. The elementary and secondary schools, both public and private are respected throughout the state. The cultural climate is enhanced by the activities of community organizations as well as the educational institutions. The parks and recreational activities provide year-round variety to address the needs of families. The many varied religious congregations offer spiritual diversity in the community. The Floyd Valley Hospital and the Medical Clinic provide excellent health services. Le Mars is a progressive and aggressive city committed to an improved quality of life and a prosperous climate economic development. You are invited to share the advantages and opportunities of Le Mars, Iowa – “The Ice Cream Capital of the World®!”

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Pella Pella CVB • Jill Vandevoort

518 Franklin St • Pella • IA • 50219 888-746-3882 • Fax: 641-628-9697 www.pella.org • pellacvb@pella.org

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

Area rooms: 405 Nearest airport: Des Moines - 45 miles Major meeting facilities: Vermeer Pavilion, Central College Graham Conference Center

“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: Vermeer Mill and Interpretive Center, Pella Opera House, Klokkenspel

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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 www.spencerevents.com • scott@spencerevents.com

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, divisible into six meeting rooms, and a 24,000 sq. ft. arena/exhibit hall. Please check us out at www.spencerevents.com for booking and planning information. Attractions: Art studios, antique shops, golf courses, parks, bike trails, camping, outdoor recreation

Storm Lake 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 www.kingspointeresort.com • kschwint@kingspointeresort.com

A first-class meeting venue.

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!

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Tama

Where Good Times Are A Rich Tradition Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel • Teri Bishop

Rooms/suites: 403 Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 600-700 Golf course nearby: Within an hour Onsite restaurants: Yes Attractions: Meskwaki tribal pow-wows

The addition of our new Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center allows us to become one of the most prominent destination properties in the Midwest. The property is proud to offer over 14,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space. This facility will provide your guests with the best surroundings for idea exchange, problem solving and retention of learning, free from the distractions of daily business life. We take the guesswork out of planning and budgeting. The result, everything you need to run an effective, motivating and productive meeting with no surprises. We also offer all of life’s most indulgent luxuries at your fingertips including our spa, exercise room, and pool, all under one roof. Our conference professionals are available to coordinate all aspects of your meeting, including the necessary audiovisual equipment, refreshment breaks, and all of your meal requirements - custom prepared. In addition the staff can organize theme parties, slot and poker tournaments, and other post-meeting activities for your group. The valet, shuttle, and bell staff are at your beck and call to care for your needs, including airport pickup. We are conveniently located between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids with convenient access to major highways and interstates.

Waterloo

Meet Waterloo, Meet Success! Waterloo CVB • Brooke Burnham

313 E Fifth St • Waterloo • IA • 50703 800-728-8431 • 319-233-2733 www.travelwaterloo.com • brooke@travelwaterloo.com Area hotel rooms: 2,200 Nearest airport: Waterloo Regional Airport - 4 miles Major meeting facilities: Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, National Cattle Congress Grounds Entertainment: Lost Island Water Park, John Deere Tractor Works, Cedar Valley Recreation Trails, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Phelps Youth Pavilion, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

Progress is the new word in Waterloo these days. The Northeastern Iowa city, located on the banks of the picturesque Cedar River, is in the process of finishing up a complete facelift, transforming downtown into a brand new meetings destination. Already famous for being one of Iowa’s foremost historic towns, Waterloo is introducing a number of redevelopment projects and new attractions. Major among them are the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, the Phelps Youth Pavilion and the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, complete with 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Downtown, the renovations have hit almost every commercial block including additional river walk trails, outdoor expo grounds and a riverfront amphitheatre. Along with these additions, Waterloo has seen new restaurants, nightlife and unique shops opening throughout downtown and along the newly reconstructed streetscape of the 4th Street business district. All are a short walk from the upgraded 35,500 square foot Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. The new combine with the familiar John Deere Tractor Works and Lost Island Adventure Park to make Waterloo the premier Eastern Iowa hot spot for events, conventions and meetings with something for every attendee and their family. Waterloo is a proud member of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association: easterniowatourism.org.

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1504 305th St • Tama • IA • 52339 641-484-1470 • Fax: 641-484-1502 www.meskwaki.com • tbishop@meskwaki.com


Junction City

Meetings Made Easy Geary County CVB • Connie Hall

823 N Washington • Junction City • KS • 66441 800-528-2489 • Fax: 785-238-2313 www.junctioncity.org • chall@junctioncity.org

Area hotel rooms: 1,080

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Entertainment nearby: US Cavalry Museum, Custer House, 1st Infantry Division Museum, Milford Nature Center, Milford Lake, Rolling Meadows Golf Course, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, military simulators, festivals, ghost tours and more Meeting facilities: Geary County Convention Center - 16,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 3,000 and 1,000 sq. ft. meeting rooms; 2 boardrooms and 2 600 sq. ft. meeting rooms

Junction City offers great meetings! Our combination of affordability, accessibility and commitment to outstanding service will drive attendance to your next convention! The Geary County CVB specializes in custom designed assistance, and includes many complimentary services designed for your specific needs. Our wide variety of recreational, historical and military experiences make it easier for you to plan a successful and productive convention.

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 www.visitthedot.com • kerry@visitthedot.com

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, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, Great Wolf Lodge - KC’s Premier Indoor Waterpark, Moon Marble Company

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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 Center and 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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Manhattan

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

501 Poyntz Ave • Manhattan • KS • 66502 800-759-0134 • Fax: 785-776-0679 www.manhattancvb.org • summer@manhattan.org

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, The Beach Museum Of Art, Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery, K-State Gardens, K-State Cancer Research Center, 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 meeting venues, outdoor facilities, community buildings, even private rooms in restaurants. We offer 885 hotel rooms, bed and breakfast inns and retreat centers, all of which offer an array of amenities and rates.

Olathe Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau • Ashley Holverson 18001 W 106th St, Ste 160 • Olathe • KS • 66061 913-764-1050 • Fax: 913-782-4636 www.olathecvb.org • cvb@olathe.org

The Crossroads to Adventure: Olathe

Area rooms: 1,128 Airport: Kansas City International - 35 miles Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn/ Olathe, Ball Center, Ball Conference Center

We offer unique meeting experiences ranging from hotel conference centers to outdoor adventure and team building retreat facilities, golf courses and historical sites. We aim to make your job easy with expert meeting planning assistance and down-time tours and activities of Olathe and the Kansas City metro your attendees will love. Visit us online at www.OlatheCVB.org or call 1-800-921-5678 for help planning your event. Attractions: Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop, Deaf Cultural Center, Shopping, Dining, All of Kansas City

Salina Salina Bicentennial Center • Marshall P. Perry, Manager

800 The Midway, PO Box 1727 • Salina • KS • 67401 1-888-826-SHOW • Fax: 785-826-7207

Enjoy Midwestern Hospitality

Arena seating: 8,000 Meeting space sq. ft.: 40,000 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 2,000 In-house catering services

One of the most versatile public facilities is located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135 in the heart of Kansas. Salina’s Bicentennial Center is fully equipped to host your next meeting, seminar, or convention. Boasting an 8,000-seat, multi-use arena, the venue easily converts to an auditorium or theater, sports facility, or exhibition hall. High-speed wireless Internet, convention phone hookups, concession areas, restrooms, dressing rooms, and overhead doors are available. Besides the arena, the facility features an attached 18,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall with seating for up to 2,000 guests and eight additional meeting rooms. The center is professionally managed, fully equipped, ADA accessible, and features free paved parking.

www.bicentennial.org • info1@bicentennial.org

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Salina

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 www.VisitSalina.org • jmcclure@salinakansas.org

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

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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 I-70 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 www.VisitSalina.org.

Topeka

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

1275 SW Topeka Blvd • Topeka • KS • 66612-1852 800-235-1030 • Fax: 785-234-8282 www.visitTopeka.travel • linda@visitTopeka.travel

Area rooms: 3,000 Major meeting facilities: Kansas Expocentre, Maner Conference Center & Capitol Plaza Hotel, Ramada Hotel and Holiday Inn Holidome Attractions: 20 first-class attractions 16 art galleries 5 performing arts facilities Established annual events Delectable dining Unique shopping

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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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Wichita

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

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 Intrust Bank 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 2,500 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 • PFA • RFN

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Wichita Hilton Wichita Airport • Sheri Dierking

2098 Airport Rd • Wichita • KS • 67209-1941 316-945-5272 • Fax: 316-945-1937 www.wichitaairport.hilton.com • sheri.dierking@hilton.com

Travel should take you places

Rooms/suites: 302/11 Meeting space sq. ft.: 22,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 600 Golf courses nearby: 3 Onsite restaurant: 1

The Hilton Wichita Airport hotel is situated one-eighth mile from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. Whether Kansas visitors are seeking a convenient location for corporate travel, conventions or a weekend getaway in Wichita, enjoy the warm hospitality of our staff and the comfort of luxurious Hilton accommodations. Guestroom amenities include free wireless high-speed internet, two-line telephones, coffee makers, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards. Our Executive Concierge rooms include complimentary continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and nightly turndown service. Attractions: Aviation Museum, Century II Convention Center, City Center, Cowtown, Exploration Place, Kansas Omnisphere, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita Ice Rink

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515 S Main, Ste 115 • Wichita • KS • 67202 316-265-2800 • 800-288-9424 • Fax: 316-265-0162 www.visitwichita.com • mhofrenning@visitwichita.com


Brimley Bay Mills Resort & Casinos • Nadia Cottelit

11386 W Lakeshore Dr • Brimley • MI • 49715 888-422-9645 • Fax: 906-248-2639 www.4baymills.com • ncottelit@bmic.net

The Resort for all Seasons, for all Reasons

Rooms/suites: 138/4 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 300 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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Charlevoix

Experience the Majesty of Castle Farms

5052 M-66 N • Charlevoix, MI • 49720 231-237-0884 • Fax: 231-237-0994 www.castlefarms.com • info@castlefarms.com

Magnificent gardens and courtyards, soaring towers, and stone archways all combine to make Castle Farms a unique backdrop for any occasion. Renowned for its grandeur and old-world charm, Castle Farms is open throughout the year and provides an exquisite backdrop during all four gorgeous northern Michigan seasons. Located in the beautiful resort town of Charlevoix, Michigan, an event in this unique and historic setting is one your guests will never forget! Meeting space sq. ft.: 25,000+ Meeting rooms: 7 Reception capacity: 400+ Golf courses nearby: 3

Meeting spaces to fit your needs. This charming French Renaissance castle has quickly risen to be a premier event location with seven unique rooms and multiple outdoor courtyards. Meeting spaces vary in size to accommodate training seminars, trade shows, business meetings, silent auctions/fundraisers, corporate dinners, holiday parties and more. Catering options to fit your budget. At Castle Farms, we provide you with a list of experienced caterers that vary on their menu, presentation style, and pricing, but who all have one thing in common - incredible food and impeccable service. You’ll find menu options that range from formal dining to a more casual approach. Event Coordinators to fit it all together. Specially trained to ensure that the event is a seamless and memorable experience for both you and your guests.

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Detroit

A legend returns. The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit • Scott Stinebaugh

Rooms/suites: 453/37 Meeting space sq. ft.: 25,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 800 Onsite restaurants: 3

Legendary style and glamour have returned to Detroit. The historic Book Cadillac Hotel has been restored to its original splendor to become The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, reclaiming its position as Detroit’s premier lodging and social gathering destination. Fresh from an extensive $200 million renovation, the hotel features some of the Midwest’s most dramatic public event spaces. The Westin 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. Discover 25,000 sq. ft. of sophisticated and flexible event and conference space. The historic Venetian and Crystal ballrooms and the famed Italian Garden have been fully restored. The contemporary, newly constructed Woodward Ballroom will accommodate events of up to 1,000 guests. All 453 guestrooms, including 37 suites, 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. Experience refreshing treatments at Spa19, 24-hour workout facilities and refreshing and sophisticated dining options - including 2007 Iron Chef’s newest venture, Michael Symon’s ROAST.

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Drummond Island Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center

33494 S Maxton Rd • Drummond Island • MI • 49726 800-999-6343 • Fax: 906-493-5576 www.drummondisland.com • ahoffman@drummondisland.com

Serious Decisions Require a Little Solitude

Rooms/suites: 40 rooms 30 log homes Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,000 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 100 Golf course onsite: The Rock Onsite restaurants: 2

There is nothing like leaving the mainland behind to change your focus and help you think “outside the box.” Drummond Island allows you to escape and channel your ideas, like pizza giant, Tom Monaghan intended when he built the Dominos corporate retreat, now called Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center. Whether you spend your down time on the waters of Lake Huron or on The Rock Golf Course, there are many activities to choose from. We offer fine dining overlooking the waterfront and casual dining, without leaving the resort’s 2,000-acre property. Let the island’s car ferry pick you up or arrive by boat or plane, it’s up to you. Attractions: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Scandinavian Sauna, Bikes, Kayaks, Hiking, Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Bonfires, Bowling, Great Room

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1114 Washington Blvd • Detroit • MI • 48226 313-442-1600 • Fax: 313-442-1605 westin.com/bookcadillac • scott.stinebaugh@westin.com


Grand Rapids

Plan for meetings. And success. JW Marriott Grand Rapids • Jennifer Shaler

235 Louis St NW • Grand Rapids • MI • 49503 616-242-1401 • Fax: 616-242-1595 www.ilovethejw.com • jennifer.shaler@jwgr.com

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. 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 337 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.

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Grand Rapids Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront • Sales & Catering Director 270 Ann St NW • Grand Rapids • MI • 49504 616-363-9001 • Fax: 616-363-0670 www.radisson.com/grriverfront • becky.dumont@radisson.com

Affordable Corporate & Social Events

Rooms/suites: 163 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,585 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 200 Golf courses nearby: 4 Onsite restaurant: 1

Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront offers a private meeting area encompassing 2,585 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space. It serves as one large room or can be divided into three smaller rooms. Each section is complete with its own adjustable lighting, speaker system and full audio/visual capabilities. Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront offers your group the finest in food and beverages, served with the quality and flair that have distinguished us since 1968. Attractions: Gerald R. Ford Museum, West Michigan Tourist Association, Van Andel Arena, Cannonsburg Ski Area, Fredrick Meijers Gardens, Devos Place, John Ball Zoo, Grands Rapids Museums, Celebration Cinema, Grand Valley State University, DeltaPlex

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Lansing

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 www.lansing.org/mmg09 • sales@lansing.org

Greater Lansing is Michigan’s Capital City and our warm Midwestern hospitality will make all of your attendees feel right at home. The region offers over 4,300 hotel rooms, affordably priced, and conveniently located near unique area attractions and restaurants. Area meeting facilities include everything from large arenas and convention halls, to unique and intimate settings. The region is home to Michigan State University, putting some of the most influential minds in America at your fingertips as guest speakers and panelists. For fun and excitement after your event, visit our many family-friendly attractions, parks, art galleries and over 30 golf courses. To learn more about how the CVB can provide personalized assistance for your next event, visit our new enhanced website at www.lansing.org/mmg09 or call 888–325–4711. Make your next event truly memorable—choose Greater Lansing!

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Airport: Capital City Airport - 4.5 miles from downtown Area rooms: 4,300 Major meeting facilities: The Lansing Center, The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, The Breslin Student 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, Kresge Art Museum (MSU), Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, Turner-Dodge House, Oldsmobile Park (home of the Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball team), Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (MSU)

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Manistee

More fun than ever! Little River Casino Resort

Corner of US 31 & M-22 • Manistee • MI • 49660 1-866-466-7338 • Fax: 231-723-4440 www.lrcr.com/conference.html

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 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.

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Midland Midland County CVB • Jim Peckrul

300 Rodd St • Midland • MI • 48640 888-464-3526 • 989-835-3701 www.midlandcvb.org • jpeckrul@midlandcvb.org

Come. Stay. Explore.

Area rooms: 1,143 Airport: MBS (Saginaw) - 8 miles Meeting facilities: All hotels and alternative venues offer an assortment of meeting and event facilities

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 1,143 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. Minor League Baseball and other sports activities.

Muskegon Muskegon County CVB • Sam Wendling Area rooms: 2,000 610 W Western Ave • Muskegon • MI • 49440 Airport: Muskegon County Airport - 5 minutes 800-250-9283 • Fax: 231-724-1398 www.visitmuskegon.org • visitmuskegon@co.muskegon.mi.us Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, LC Walker Arena, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts Your Adventure Destination!

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On the shore of Lake Michigan, Muskegon offers the perfect setting for your conference or meeting. Experience 26 miles of sugar sand beaches and a great selection of restaurants and shops. 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. Attractions: Hackley-Hume Historic Site, Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, Michigan’s Adventure, LST-39, the Milwaukee Clipper and Port City Princess

Petoskey

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 www.staffords.com • angiew@staffords.com

Rooms/suites: 17/14 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: Indoor: 250 - Outdoor: 100 Onsite restaurant: 1 Golf courses nearby: Yes

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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

Max. reception capacity: Indoor capacity: 220 Outdoor capacity: 220 Rooms/suites: 80 Meeting rooms: 6 Onsite restaurants: 3 Golf course nearby: Yes

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.

Plymouth

Metro Detroit’s Premier International Hotel, Golf Course and Conference Center The Inn at St. Johns • Tawnya Johnson

44045 Five Mile Rd • Plymouth • MI • 48170 734-414-0600 • Fax: 734-414-0606 www.theinnatstjohns.com • tjohnson@stjohnsgc.com

The Inn at St. John’s offers affordable luxury for overnight stays, upscale dining, corporate conferences, special events and golf outings. Rooms/suites: 118 Meeting space sq. ft.: 48,000 Meeting rooms: 22 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

The Inn at St. John’s is Southeast Michigan’s premier location for overnight stays, casual upscale dining, conferences, weddings, special events and golf outings. A landmark for more than half a century, the facility today offers a total of 48,000 square feet of versatile and distinctive meeting space; direct exterior ballroom access for large product displays and vehicles; and 22 meeting rooms perfect for breakout sessions and board meetings. St. John’s offers comprehensive food and beverage service and state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities. The Inn at St. John’s features 118 comfortable and luxurious guest rooms, including 22 Executive Suites, two single-story Ambassador Suites and two 1,600 sq. ft., two-story Presidential Suites. Spacious guest rooms feature 12 ft. ceilings, custom-designed furniture, crown molding, fine linens, refrigerators and elegant baths. Hotel guests enjoy state-of-the-art fitness facilities, an indoor swimming pool and a challenging 27-hole golf course, as well as the inspired cuisine of 5ive Restaurant.

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100 Lewis St • Petoskey • MI • 49770 231-348-6017 • Fax: 231-348-6016 www.staffords.com • angiew@staffords.com


Traverse City

Escape to Everything Holiday Inn - West Bay Traverse City • Kelly Maruskin 615 E Front St • Traverse City • MI • 49686 231-947-3700 • 231-947-2652 www.tcwestbay.com • kmaruskin@tcwestbay.com

Nestled on a pristine sugar-sand beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Traverse City Holiday Inn West Bay Hotel offers a perfect combination of area attractions and amenities. Our convenient location within walking distance to downtown Traverse City, shopping, nightlife, art galleries, and restaurants, in addition to several parks, public beaches and the Hagerty Conference Center is why we are the premier hotel in Traverse City. The Holiday Inn West Bay hotel has 179 nicely appointed guest rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, most with spectacular Bay views. As the only full service resort located on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Traverse City, we provide award-winning service in accommodations, dining, entertainment

and meeting planning. There are many fun things to do such as hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, water sports, skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, gambling, shopping, golfing, agricultural tours, winery tours, charter fishing excursions, dune climbing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, ice fishing, para-sailing, and more! Other area attractions include Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park, Leland’s Fishtown, lighthouses, Fall Colors, Turtle Creek Casino, Leelanau Sands Casino, Interlochen Arts Academy, Dennos Museum, Music House Museum, downtown historic district, Grand Traverse Mall, National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Horse Shows By the Bay, and the Festival of the Senses. Come see why we are the best Traverse City hotel!

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 www.svsu.edu/events • events@svsu.edu

• 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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Rooms/suites: 179 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,300 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 200 Golf courses nearby: Several Onsite restaurants: 2


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Alexandria

Your Choice for Minnesota Meetings or Minnesota Conference Facilities… Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center • Amy Parod

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria • MN • 56308 763-559-6272 • Fax: 320-762-0133 www.arrowwoodresort.com • resort@arrowwoodresort.com

Rooms/suites: 200 plus 16 townhomes Meeting space sq. ft.: 28,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 700 Largest room sq. ft.: 14,000 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: Lake Café, Deck Bar & Grill, Rafter’s, Banana Cabana Snack Bar

Designed to provide a unique combination of vacation getaways and productive meetings and conferences, Arrowwood has succeeded in both categories, becoming one of Minnesota’s premier locations for business and pleasure. From social gatherings to spectacular tradeshows, Arrowwood has hosted an exceptional variety of events amid the north woods and blue skies of Minnesota’s vacation country. No matter what the occasion, visitors have found that Arrowwood, located just two hours from Minneapolis and St. Paul, is a perfect destination any time of year. More than 28,000 sq. ft. of meeting space features 12 function rooms, including the Lake Darling Ballroom and Lower Conference Center. Each can be divided into three separate rooms. Complete audio-visual support is available, and on-staff meeting planners have been trained to creatively meet your every need. Secluded and natural, Arrowwood’s setting assures that your business gets done, and done well.

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Austin

Austin, MN… SPAM® Town USA! You’ll be surprised!

CVB staff/Mural-Hormel Institute

Austin CVB • Cheryl Corey

104 11th Ave NW, Ste D • Austin • MN • 55912 507-437-4563 • Fax: 507-433-1052 www.austincvb.com • visitor@austinmn.com Austin, MN is known as SPAM® Town USA and is home to Hormel Foods Corporation and the world-famous SPAM® Museum. The community of Austin is a great place to visit; Airport:  Rochester - 40 be sure you take some time between meetings to enjoy the beautiful city and discover ALL miles of its unique charms! Austin has nearly 400 hotel rooms, plus two bed and breakfasts and three campgrounds Major meeting facilities: nearby! While you’re in Austin, check out all the destinations and attractions of historical, Austin Holiday Inn cultural and entertainment venues. Here are just a few stops you should make: Conference Center and Hormel Historic Home, built in 1901 and home to George A. and Lillian Hormel for 25 others years. The Home will soon be expanding. Greibrok’s Mini History Farm, an extensive collection of over 700 model tractors, Attractions: SPAM® Museum, trucks, cars, farm machinery, steam engines, airplanes and more! Paramount Theater, Mower County Historical Society, Mower County’s rich history is preserved in more SPAMettes, Hormel than 20 individual facilities located on the Fairgrounds. Native American Museum, Historic Home, The Fireman’s Museum, Pioneer Museum, Arts Museum, Rahilly Museum, Rural Schools and Hormel Institute Communications Museum onsite. Historic Paramount Theatre, originally opened in 1929, designed for stage theatre and first-run movies, now restored to its original glory. Its capacity is over 600 and it is home to Children’s Matchbox Theatre performances, high-quality concerts, films, recitals and other events. Pajolo Alpaca Farm - visit this wonderful family farm with cuddly alpacas from Chile, Peru and Bolivia. These graceful creatures produce a fine, high quality fiber for winter apparel and gifts. The Hormel Institute - this is one of the nation’s leading cancer research centers. You can now tour the facility and see how they study the effect of nutrition on cancer treatments. Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and SolaFida Observatory - come enjoy wildlife at this 500-acre nature center with restored prairies, walking trails, observatory tower, canoeing, skiing, interpretive center and naturalist staff. Austin is home to SO MUCH more… you’ll be SURPRISED!! We invite you to visit soon and often! Area rooms: 376

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Bloomington

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 www.bloomingtonmn.org • sales@bloomingtonmn.org Area rooms: 7,800 Meeting facilities: Bloomington’s 36 hotels, Mall of America, Pierce M. Grieve Conf Center at MSP Airport, Nickelodeon Universe®, 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, Nickelodeon Universe®, Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, Water Park of America

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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 36 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 www.bloomingtonmn.org 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 www.outbackcateringmn.com www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mn015 contact@outbackcateringmn.com

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

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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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Detroit Lakes Fair Hills Resort & Wildflower Golf Course • Justin Fraase

24270 County Hwy 20 • Detroit Lakes • MN • 56501 800-323-2849 • Fax: 218-847-8316 winter/218-532-2068 summer www.fairhillsresort.com • justin@fairhillsresort.com

Business feels better at Fair Hills Resort

Rooms/suites: 100 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,000 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 200 Golf courses onsite: 2 Onsite restaurant: 1

Whether your group is ten or 200, business feels better at Fair Hills. We tailor our resources to your requirements for training sessions, corporate retreats or any other type of meeting. • Large audiences comfortably enjoy gala MC’d events, professional seminars or informal gatherings in our spacious Pavilion. • Coworkers engage in creative indoor or outdoor activities designed to build close-knit teams, individual skills and business productivity. • Fair Hills Resort provides free high-speed Wi-Fi to keep you in touch with the outside world, if that’s really what you want. What are you looking for? A fun outing for your department? A corporate golf tourney? Or just a little recreation to help everyone unwind between business sessions? We offer all of the above - including 27 holes of golf and the beautiful Pelican Lake just outside your door. We guarantee your group won’t be bored.

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Eagan

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 www.eaganmn.com • Roberta@eaganmn.com Area hotel rooms: 1,538 Nearest airport/distance: Minneapolis/St. Paul International/5 miles Entertainment/ attractions: Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club, Cascade Bay Waterpark, Caponi Art Park and Amphitheatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Great Clips IMAX Theatre, Historic Fort Snelling, Mall of America®, Minnesota Zoo, Nickelodeon Universe®, Science Museum of Minnesota, Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, Valleyfair Amusement Park Major meeting facilities: Select Eagan Hotels, Eagan Community Center, Royal Cliff Conference Center, City View Conference Center, Moonshine Retreat Center

Eagan “meets” your needs by providing you with an exceptional experience. With easy access to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, free shuttle service from most Eagan hotels to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America®, always free parking and gorgeous, state-of-theart venues, why would you want to meet anywhere else but Eagan? Meeting attendees will surely be impressed with the elegant Oaks banquet room located in the renowned Eagan Community Center, featuring floor-toceiling windows overlooking an oak forest and breathtaking fountain. Other prime locations include Royal Cliff, just minutes south of the airport and Mall of America®, City View Banquet and Conference Center featuring distinctive views of the Minneapolis and St. Paul skylines, Lebanon Hills Visitors Center, situated in a pristine natural setting perfect for both meetings and retreats, and Moonshine Retreat Center, an ideal spot for corporate retreats. Looking for entertainment following the big meeting? No problem. In Eagan and the surrounding area, you’ll enjoy plenty of spectacular shopping, delectable dining and of course amazing attractions such as Cascade Bay Waterpark, Mall of America®, the Minnesota Zoo and Valleyfair! Amusement Park. We’ll help you secure great deals and discounts to these and other attractions as well. For help in making your next meeting or event incredibly successful, call Roberta at 651-675-5541 or toll free at 866-EAGAN-20. For complete details or to submit your request for proposal, please visit www.eaganmn.com today!

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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 www.prairiesedgecasino.com sales@prairiesedgecasino.com

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 your 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+ 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

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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 www.earlebrown.com • sales@earlebrown.com 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

Largest room sq. ft.: 13,000 Golf course nearby: Yes

At www.earlebrown.com click on the Visit Minneapolis North link for great deals on local hotels!

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 including 13,000 sq. ft. column-free exhibition space • State-of-the-art audiovisual and free wireless service that will take your meeting to the next level • Opening Spring 2009, a 175-room Embassy Suites with connecting walkway, plus over 1,400 overnight rooms directly across the freeway. 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. Take a tour today, or get a FREE no obligation estimate by using our Request For Proposal form at www.earlebrown.com.

Morton

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: 507-697-8017 www.jackpotjunction.com colleen.marcus@jackpotjunction.com

Rooms/suites: 378 Meeting space sq. ft.: 44,825 Meeting rooms: 8 Largest room sq. ft.: 21,400 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 44,825 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 378 deluxe accommodations, which include VIP, Hospitality, Jacuzzi, Fireplace and Poolside 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. 440,000 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.

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Reception capacity: 1,400


Owatonna Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 320 Hoffman Dr • Owatonna • MN • 55060 800-423-6466 • Fax: 507-451-7972 www.Owatonna.org • rguthier@Owatonna.org

Take a Closer Look at Owatonna, Minnesota!

Area rooms: 590 Airport: Minneapolis Intl - 60 miles Major meeting facilities: AmericInn, Cabela’s, Eagles Club, Elks Club, Four Seasons Center, Gainey Conference Center, Hidden Creek Golf Club, Holiday Inn, Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna Country Club, VFW Clubroom

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, Preferred Outlets of Medford, golf courses

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Plymouth

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 www.rhccmeetings.com • sales@rhccmeetings.com

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

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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.

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Red Wing

Remarkable Events Begin With… Red Wing VCB • Kathy Silverthorn

420 Levee St • Red Wing • MN • 55066 800-498-3444 • Fax: 651-388-3900 www.redwing.org • kathy@redwing.org Area rooms: 617

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. Attractions: Located just 50 miles south of the Twin Cities on Highway 61, Red Wing is easily Falconer Winery, Red accessible and provides the peace and quiet, privacy and security needed for the Wing Pottery, Treasure corporate retreat and association meeting or convention. Recognized for tailoring Island, Sheldon Theatre, Mississippi National Golf services to individual meeting planner needs, Red Wing’s lodging accommodations Links and the Cannon and facilities are comfortable and competitive. The amenities we provide equal those Valley Bike Trail 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. Red Wing also made the list of a best-selling 2007 travel book, “1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz, who cited the city’s spectacular setting along the bluffs of the upper Mississippi, its historic architecture and the town’s abundance of arts and festival offerings as reasons to visit Red Wing. 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.

Roseville

Roseville, Perfectly Positioned. Roseville Visitors Association • Amy Englund

2100 N Snelling, Ste 59 • Roseville • MN • 55113 877-980-3002 • Fax: 651-636-0475 www.visitroseville.com • aenglund@visitroseville.com

Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International - 15 miles Area rooms: 1,172 Major meeting facilities: Radisson Hotel, Roseville Skating Center, Rose Vine Hall Banquet Center, 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 Marriott, 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 Rose Vine Hall Banquet Center 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 www.visitroseville.com.

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Major meeting facility: St. James Hotel


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 www.granitecountry.com • judy@granitecountry.com

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!

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St. Paul

A ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Carondelet Center • Susan Wagner

1890 Randolph Ave • St. Paul • MN • 55105 651-696-2750 • Fax: 651-696-2742 www.carondeletcenter.org • swagner@csjstpaul.org

Overnight accommodations: 12 rooms for 30 guests (dorm style) Meeting rooms: 11 Capacity: 2-250 Location: In St. Paul 10 minutes from the airport 15 minutes from the Mall of America 1 mile from Mississippi bike/walking paths

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Carondelet Center is the ideal meeting space for small to mid-sized conferences, seminars, workshops, and retreats. Combining Victorian elegance with modern facilities, this unique environment is a charming venue for your event. Carondelet Center’s meeting spaces feature high windows for natural illumination, individual thermostats and flexible seating arrangements. A full range of audio visual equipment and internet access is also available. Carondelet Center can accommodate meetings of two to 250 people with excellent dining and food services to suit your meeting needs. There are also many superb dining establishments within walking distance. Guests seeking breakout spaces may gather in the Grand parlor, the library, or other charming niches tucked throughout the Carondelet Center. Features include free parking, catering services, chapel, a labyrinth, meditation rooms and walking paths.

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St. Paul James J. Hill Reference Library • Beth O’ Connor 80 4th St W • St. Paul • MN • 55102 651-265-5447 • Fax: 651-265-5525 www.jjhill.org • events@jjhill.org

Business. Smarter.

Conference Room: 14 conference-style, conference phone available Empire Builder Room: 12 conference-style Reading Room: 30 breakfast, 100 lecture, 100 stand-up reception* WiFi throughout entire Library

The James J. Hill Reference Library has awed and inspired visitors with its historical intrigue and stunning architecture since it opened to the public in 1921. Constructed of Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone, it is both a living monument to “the Empire Builder,” James J. Hill, and a Saint Paul touchstone, situated on picturesque Rice Park in the heart of downtown. Boasting several distinctive settings that can accommodate groups of all sizes, the James J. Hill Reference Library provides the perfect venue for events ranging from seminars and small receptions to society-page weddings. * Larger capacities available for weekend events. The Hill Library has an open food catering policy. Guests are free to hire any licensed and insured caterer. Alcohol is dispensed by Mintahoe Beverages.

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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 www.rivercentre.org • crosener@rivercentre.org

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!

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Stillwater Water Street Inn • Chuck Dougherty

101 Water St S • Stillwater • MN • 55082-5150 651-439-6000 • Fax: 651-430-9393 www.waterstreetinn.us • catering@waterstreetinn.us

Let’s Meet!

Rooms/suites: 42 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,100 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

The Water Street Inn is an ideal setting for V.I.P. meetings, conferences, banquets and special events from two to 300. The private meeting rooms or ballroom with river views are ready to service your next business or social function. Weather permitting, there is additional function space on the outdoor veranda overlooking the St. Croix River. A full conference staff will coordinate efficient, smooth running events to ensure a memorable experience. Attractions: Stillwater Trolley, river boat rides, Warren’s House Museum, Lumberjack Days, golf, skiing and much more

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 on Lake Superior

2826 E Hwy 61 • Two Harbors • MN • 55616 800-627-9565 • Fax: 218-834-6396 www.grandsuperior.com • groups@grandsuperior.com

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. Free Wi-Fi throughout resort. 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 professional onsite group coordinator.

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Where the Lakes Begin! Willmar Lakes Area CVB

2104 E Hwy 12 • Willmar • MN • 56201 320-235-3552 • Fax: 320-231-1948 www.seeyouinwillmar.com • bfischer@seeyouinwillmar.com Area rooms: 498 Nearest airport: Willmar Municipal Airport Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn Conference Center, Willmar Civic Center, Kandi Entertainment Center, The Oaks at Eagle Creek and the Minnwest Technology Campus Attractions: Glacial Ridge Winery, Olde Country Winery, The Little Crow Ski Team, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, J & L Bison Ranch and the Mikkelson Classic Boat Collection

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Whether you’re attending a convention, a sporting event or visiting our beautiful lake country, we have the information you need. Kandiyohi County is home to more than 100 sparkling lakes, providing opportunities for fishing, boating, water sports, and other popular recreational activities. We have several wonderful convention and sports facilities and we would like nothing more than to help you create a memorable event. The Willmar Lakes Area waits for you. At the Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to ensure your convention or stay is successful, enjoyable and comfortable. The Willmar Lakes Area has everything you need to host a memorable event. Our staff will work with you personally, allowing you access to our pool of community resources, experiences and connections. Success is in the details… the CVB has the knowledge and experience to tie all the details together with only one outcome… SUCCESS!

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Winona

Historic Island City. Visit Winona • Pat Mutter

160 Johnson St • PO Box 1069 • Winona • MN • 55987 800-657-4972 • Fax: 507-454-0006 www.visitwinona.com • pmutter@visitwinona.com Area rooms: 694 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

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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 a stained glass studio 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, and Minnesota Beethoven Festival. 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.

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Winona Winona State University Camp & Conference Services • Ann Durley 511 Hilbert St • Winona • MN • 55987 507-474-3902 • Fax: 507-474-3970 www.winona.edu/oced • tau@winona.edu

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!

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Branson

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

PO Box 1897 • Branson • MO • 65615 800-252-1742 Ext 306 • Fax: 417-348-0649 www.MeetInBranson.net • vbowling@bransoncvb.com Area hotel rooms: 18,808 Entertainment and recreation: Over 100 Live Shows in 53 Theatres with 59,757 seats Theme parks: Silver Dollar City, White Water Museums: 12 plus the Titanic 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-Lake’s Center, PLUS 29 hotels and resorts with meeting space, including: Hiltons of Branson, Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, Radisson, Clarion, Big Cedar Lodge and StoneBridge Golf 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 eight million visitors a year. As one of the Top 20 family vacation destinations in America, Branson offers a wide range of world-class live entertainment (pop, rock, Broadway, country, bluegrass, magic and comedy), award-winning theme parks, fabulous shopping and dining, plus many one-ofa-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 on May 11th, 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 download a copy of our new Meeting & Convention Planner Guide!

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Branson Grand Plaza Hotel • Darlene Burkhart

245 N Wildwood Dr • Branson • MO • 65616 800-850-6646 • Fax: 417-337-5535 www.bransongrandplaza.com • sales@bransongrandplaza.com

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!”

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Branson Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center

3598 Shepherd of the Hills Expy • Branson • MO • 65616 877-273-6950 • Fax: 417-335-2039 www.honeysuckleinn.com • administration@honeysuckleinn.com

When Price and Quality Matter!

Rooms/suites: 210 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 100 Golf courses nearby: 3 Onsite restaurants: Breakfast only. Many nearby restaurants

The Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center in Branson, Missouri is the closest lodging to all four major theme parks: Silver Dollar City, Celebration City, White Water, and Shepherd of the Hills. Multiple restaurants, theaters and attractions within walking distance. Best location in Branson. Free maps. The combination of 210 immaculate, comfortable rooms and our legendary Ozark hospitality makes the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center perfect for family vacations, reunions, business meetings or quiet getaways. With business practices built upon strong family values and a commitment to guest satisfaction, the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center provides Branson Lodging that exceeds all expectations. Attractions: Silver Dollar City theme park, Celebration City, White Water, Shepherd of the Hills outdoor theater and theme park, Showboat Branson Belle, Dixie Stampede, Shoji Tabuchi and over 100 shows

Branson Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort • Wanda Nicol 245 S Wildwood Dr • Branson • MO • 65616 800-864-4145 • 417-243-2245 • Fax: 417-336-4724 www.thousandhills.com • wnicol@thousandhills.com

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: 150 - 204 cabins Meeting rooms: 3 Onsite restaurant: 1 Onsite golf course: Yes

Choose a secluded cabin setting, lake view condominium or a luxurious condominium surrounding Branson’s most popular golf course. Condominiums have individually customized interiors, spacious living and dining rooms with fully equipped kitchen, patios, complimentary internet, and each bedroom has its own bath. All are within minutes of shopping, theatres, lakes and attractions and include copious amenities. Meeting facilities are equipped with complimentary internet access, conference phones and a variety of audio/visual equipment. Creative catered events from Continental to Elegant are available. Conveniently located in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills Resort 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!

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

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8514 State Hwy 76 • Branson West • MO • 65737 417-338-2141 • Fax: 417-338-8320 www.bestwesternbransoninn.com • 26081@hotel.bestwestern.com

Next to Silver Dollar City

Rooms/suites: 145/10 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,900 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,700 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 225 Golf course nearby: Ledgestone

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 West StoneBridge Resort • Melissa Evans Rooms/suites: 122 50 Stone Bridge Pkwy • Branson West • MO • 65737 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,500 Meeting rooms: 6 417-243-8201 • Fax: 417-334-2488 StoneBridgeResortBranson.com • Melissa@StoneBridgeBranson.com Reception capacity: 250 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2 Where Luxury Comes Naturally Host your next meeting or retreat at StoneBridge Resort and let your associates enjoy all the amenities of a true resort environment. Our new conference facility can accommodate up to 200 participants while providing the seclusion and focus you need to achieve your business purposes and have a memorable time. Let our skilled staff help turn you into a meeting planner superstar! Luxury Lodges, LedgeStone Championship Golf Course, Nicol’s Fine Dining, swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness center and outdoor pavilion are just some of the options your group will enjoy on-site, and Branson’s famous dining, shopping, lakes and entertainment sectors are all just minutes away. From a mouse to a birdie, your guests will appreciate the pampering they receive at StoneBridge. And so will you!

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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 www.VisitJeffersonCityMeetings.com marianne@visitjeffersoncity.com Area rooms: 1,366

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 Major meeting facilities: in Missouri between Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. As the meeting Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, place of our statesmen, Jefferson City offers excellent meeting venues. Truman Hotel and The Jefferson City CVB offers a variety of services to assist you as a meeting Conference Center, planner, some of which include customized itineraries, registration assistance, Summit Lake Winery, Lincoln University, G2 spouse and youth programs, official greetings and media liaison services. Gallery and many more Jefferson City has an abundance of historical tradition, beautiful landscapes, fine cuisine, recreation activities and attractive shopping centers waiting Attractions: to be discovered. While in Jefferson City for your meeting or event, take Missouri State Capitol, Lewis and Clark the opportunity to explore the Capitol, downtown area, wineries, parks and Trailhead Plaza, Runge museums that make Jefferson City a great experience. Nature Center, Missouri Contact us to request a copy of the Jefferson City Meeting Planners Guide. Governor’s Mansion, Cole County Historical Society, This guide is a great tool for any meeting planner. It compiles information such Missouri Supreme Court as lodging accommodations, catering services and entertainment options for Building, Katy Trail, Miller meeting planners. Performing Arts Center, Airport: Columbia Regional Airport - 25 miles

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Making the Nature of Business a Pleasure Lake of the Ozarks CVB

St. Louis Group Sales: Mary Jo Biggs 636-529-0100 • ozarkcvb@swbell.net Kansas City Group Sales: Vicki Schveninger 913-814-0644 • lakecvb@sbcglobal.net www.funlakemeetings.com 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, Sleep Inn and The Resort & Yacht Club 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

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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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Lebanon

Friendly people, friendly place! Lebanon CVB • Gail Bryant

500 E Elm St • Lebanon • MO • 65536 417-532-4642 • Fax: 417-532-8002 www.lebanonmo.org • keccc@llion.org Area rooms: Approximately 600 Airport: Floyd Jones Memorial Airport Major meeting facilities: Cowan Civic Center, Wallace Center, Mills Center, Mills Ag Barn, Bennett Spring State Park, Laclede County Fairgrounds, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, McNail Indoor Arena, Heartland Arena Attractions: Bennett Spring State Park, Route 66 Museum & Research Center, Prater Country Music Show, Lebanon Art Studio & Gallery, outlet, antique and specialty shopping, festivals and fairs, golf

Planning a meeting, convention, trade show or exhibition? Consider Lebanon, MO. We have the place, the location and the big-city amenities you want. The place to meet in Lebanon is the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center, featuring a 46,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, a 675-seat state-of-the-art theater and a variety of meeting rooms. It also offers an NCAA-approved lap pool, full-sized gymnasium and well-equipped fitness center. If you’re seeking a site for your next tournament or meet, check out Lebanon’s outstanding sports and athletic facilities. We’ve hosted the Babe Ruth World Series many times, as well as the Missouri AAU Girls Basketball Tournament. When the meeting or meet is over, there’s plenty to do in and around Lebanon. Cruise Route 66, float down a scenic river, find antique treasures and catch rainbow trout at Bennett Spring State Park. Conveniently located on Interstate 44, Lebanon is just three hours from St. Louis and Kansas City, two hours from Branson, and less than one hour from Springfield and Lake of the Ozarks. We have a wide range of lodging to accommodate you and excellent restaurants to serve you. We’ll help you plan your event down to the tiniest detail to assure its success. For a friendly, full-service meeting site, make it Lebanon, MO. Contact us today for more details at (866) LEBANON or visit www.lebanonmo.org.

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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 www.tan-tar-a.com • ttasales@columbiasussex.com 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.

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Ridgedale

Big Cedar Lodge • Jodie King

612 Devil’s Pool Rd • Ridgedale • MO • 65739 1-800-BCLODGE • Fax: 417-339-5022 www.big-cedar.com • bigcedar@big-cedar.com LOCATION: 46 miles south of Springfield and 10 miles south of Branson in Ridgedale, Missouri PROPERTY: 800 acres ACCOMMODATIONS: 246 lodge rooms, suites and private log cabins PRIVATE MEETING SPACE: 17,015 square feet RECREATION: Two tennis courts, one indoor and three outdoor pools, lazy river, fitness center and spa, marina, fishing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, organized Kids’ Club Activities and the nearby attractions of Branson RANGE OF RATES: $79 - $1,699 (seasonal)

Nestled in the trees of the Ozark Mountains is Big Cedar®, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Enjoy rustic elegance in your choice of lodging and take advantage of the many activities available. Whether it is fishing on Table Rock Lake, horseback riding, enjoying yourself at the spa, golf at Top of the Rock Golf Course (currently under renovation) or discovering Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, there is something for everyone. Plan a meeting or event like no other - modern yet surrounded by the grandeur of Mother Nature. Grandview Conference Center at Big Cedar Lodge is the natural choice for your next meeting or event. We’ve blended state-ofthe-art technology with rustic décor and majestic floor-to-ceiling views of Table Rock Lake. This unique design allows us to offer conference, theatre, u-shape, banquet, and classroom style seating to accommodate any group up to 550. With the expansive veranda and lawn, you can take your meeting or event into the great outdoors. Add award-winning dining, accommodations, and a variety of activities to make your experience truly… grand!

Rolla

MO

Engineered for Meetings Rolla Area C of C

1301 Kingshighway • Rolla • MO • 65401 573-364-3577 or Toll Free: 888-809-3817 www.visitrolla.com • rollavc@rollachamber.org

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

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St. Charles Saint Charles Convention Center • Rebekah Wood

Rooms/suites: Attached 290room Embassy Suites Meeting space sq. ft.: 65,000 Meeting rooms: Up to 19 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf course nearby: 4 Exceeding Expectations, One Event at a Time Onsite restaurants: 2 The Saint Charles Convention Center in historic St. Charles, Missouri offers a central location just west of St. Louis and a ten-minute drive from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The 154,000 sq. ft. Convention Center offers flexible meeting and pre-function space in two exhibit halls, a grand ballroom, a junior ballroom and six additional meeting rooms. The flexibility allows for as many as 18 breakout rooms. The attached John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites Hotel, with 296 two-room suites, offers an additional 5,200 sq. ft. of meeting space. Amenities include high-speed Internet access, data ports, fiber optic cabling and wireless technology, the latest audio/ visual services, state-of-the-art sound systems, Cyber Space Café and in-house marketing services. One Convention Center Plaza • St. Charles • MO • 63303 636-669-3009 • Fax: 636-669-3001 www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com Rwood@stcharlesconventioncenter.com

Attractions: Bass Pro Shops, Commemorative Air Force - Missouri Wing, Central West End, Daniel Boone Home & Boonesfield Village, Fastlane Classic Cars, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, Foundry Art Centre, Gateway Arch Riverfront and much more

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Saint Charles, Missouri Unsurpassed Expectations Greater Saint Charles CVB • Martha Little, CMP 230 S Main St • St. Charles • MO • 63301 800-366-2427 • Fax: 636-949-3217 www.historicstcharles.com gsccvb@historicstcharles.com

Area rooms: 2,500 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, 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. A visit to Saint Charles in 2009 offers an added measure of excitement - join us as we spend the entire year celebrating the Bicentennial anniversary of our 1809 incorporation. In fact, Saint Charles has welcomed visitors to its shores since 1769. Today, some 65,000 people call Saint Charles home and more than one million people visit all that the city has to offer annually. As the oldest city on the Missouri River, Saint Charles represents a cultural heritage that cannot be duplicated anywhere else nationwide. Give us a call for your free Meeting Planner’s Guide or visit www.historicstcharles.com for more information. Make your next meeting as memorable as it is successful!

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St. Louis

Work hard, play hard HoteLumière • Christine Busiek

999 N First St • St. Louis • MO • 63102 314-881-7800 • Fax: 314-881-7807 www.lumiereplace.com • christine.busiek@lumiereplace.com

Rooms/suites: 294 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,400 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 450 Onsite restaurants: 6

HoteLumière is a 294 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 Gilchrist and 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.

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Unity Village Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center • Sales & Catering 1901 NW Blue Pkwy • Unity Village • MO • 64065 816-251-3533 • 816-347-5551 www.spiritpathonline.org • meetings@spiritpathonline.org

Renew Your Spirit, Mind, and Body

Rooms/suites: 101/1 Meeting space sq. ft.: 9,000 Meeting rooms: 20 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

The Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center is one of the first LEED-certified hotels in the nation, and the first in the Midwest. Located just 15 minutes from Kansas City, Missouri, this unique building promotes both environmental stewardship and occupant well-being and comfort. In addition, we will provide you with everything you need for your meeting. Whether it’s comfortable guest rooms, audiovisual support, a hot cup of coffee, or a private dining experience, we have you covered. Our hotel features spacious guest rooms with two queen beds, equipped with Internet-ready workspaces, flat-screen televisions, and a free daily continental breakfast.

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Nebraska... Possibilities... Endless Nebraska Association of CVBs • Lisa Burke

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PO Box 1207 North Platte • NE • 69101 800-955-4528 lburke@visitnorthplatte.com

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 • Burwell • Columbus • Cozad • Fremont • Gering • Gothenburg • Grand Island • Gretna • Hastings • Kearney • Kimball • Lexington • Lincoln • McCook • Nebraska City • Norfolk • North Platte • Ogallala • Omaha • Rushville • Scottsbluff • Sidney • South Sioux City • Valentine • West Point • 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 e-mail for your invitation to the 2009 Meeting Planners Reception April 16, 2009 in Lincoln and for your complimentary NACVB Sites Directory www.MidwestMeetings.com

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Beatrice Beatrice Area Chamber & Gage County Tourism • Sales 226 S 6th St • Beatrice • Nebraska • 68310 800-755-7745 www.visitbeatrice.com • infocvb@visitbeatrice.com

Experience the Adventure, visit Gage County!

Golf courses: 3 Area rooms: 240 Conference facilities: 11 Airport: 1 RV pads: 24

Gage County is home to one of the nation’s nearly 400 National Parks. The Homestead National Monument of America and the award-winning Heritage Center tells the story of the Homestead Act of 1862. These fine facilities in Beatrice can host your convention needs: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Risky’s II Sports Bar and Grill, Travelers Lodge, Beatrice Eagles Club, American Legion, Yesterday’s Lady, Education Center at the monument, The Black Crow, Valentino’s Restaurant, Classic’s and the Filley Stone Barn (catered pioneer meal). Beatrice is home to numerous history museums and boasts being the “lawnmower capital of Nebraska.” The city of Beatrice has six major hotel chains that offer ample parking and conveniences and are located on Hwy 77 north of the city. Enjoy the Gage County landscape staying in one of the four rural bed and breakfasts. www.visitbeatrice.com or infocvb@visitbeatrice.com Attractions: Homestead National Monument of America, Old West Trails Center, Great Plains Welch Heritage & Culture Centre, Veterans Memorial Park, Gage County Fair Grounds, Gage County Historical Society

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

NE

764 33rd Ave • Columbus • NE • 68601 402-564-2769 • Fax: 402-564-2026 www.visitcolumbusne.com • dloseke@megavision.com 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

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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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Gering

Western Nebraska’s Great Escape! Gering CVB • Karla Niedan-Streeks

Area rooms: 730 Major meeting facilities: Gering Civic Center 25,500 sq. ft. Adjacent headquarters hotel: Monument Inn & Suites Attractions: Scotts Bluff National Monument, Oregon Trail Days, Five Rocks Amphitheater, Monument Shadows Golf Course, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Robidoux 1851 Trading Post, Farm And Ranch Museum, North Platte Valley Museum, Wildlife World & Natural History Museum, unique shops and culinary experiences downtown, along the historic Oregon Trail

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1050 M St • Gering • NE • 69341-2821 800-245-0717 • Fax: 308-436-6888 www.GeringTourism.com • karlan@geringciviccenter.com

Gering is where business and pleasure work together! The Gering Civic Center is Western Nebraska’s premier multi-function conference and event facility offering 25,500 sq. ft. of attractive space for meetings of all types. The Grand Ballroom accommodates large general sessions up to 900 and separates into four individual rooms. Small break-out rooms and board room are located adjacent to the Ballroom with a large and spacious lobby for registration and vendor areas. On-site catering services and experienced meeting planning professionals offer services to associations and events who take advantage of our elegant facility. Extraordinary food and exemplary customer service is Gering’s earned reputation and trademark! Our natural beauty will captivate and entertain during your stay. Golf at the foot of the famous Scotts Bluff National Monument or at one of six area courses, hike and bike in the rugged Wildcat Hills, shop specialty stores from arts to antiques, and visit our unique historic attractions… all within walking distance and minutes of our meeting facilities. Full service, complimentary meeting and registration services are provided by the Gering Convention & Visitors Bureau, conveniently located in the Gering Civic Center. Call today for your meeting planners guide and let us share the benefits of your next Gering Great Escape!

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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 www.visitgrandisland.com • info@visitgrandisland.com 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, Bosselman Conference Center Attractions: Fonner Park Thoroughbred Race Track, 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, New Home of 2010 Nebraska State Fair

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 Conference 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 flights operating daily to Kansas City, Missouri and two times weekly to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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

Central Nebraska’s Complete Multi-Purpose Facility Heartland Events Center • Hugh M. Miner, Jr., CEO

NE

700 E Stolley Park Rd • PO Box 490 Grand Island • NE • 68802-0490 308-382-4515 Ext 211 • Fax: 308-384-2753 www.heartlandeventscenter.com • fonnercivicarena@aol.com

Centrally located in the heart of Nebraska, Grand Island is home to The Heartland Events Center. This venue provides all the amenities necessary to conduct successful business meetings, trade shows, conventions, athletic/sporting events, concerts, and much more! The Events Center is conveniently located just minutes off Interstate 80 at Exit 314. The Center’s multipurpose capabilities allow great flexibility for all types of events. The Event Center’s Eihusen Arena provides 30,000 sq. ft. of floor space in addition to the adjoining 33,000 sq. ft. Fonner Concourse. The arena comfortably seats 6,000 to 7,500 people and is surrounded by break-out rooms, four team locker rooms and dressing rooms. The Bosselman Conference Center offers a professional setting for business and educational meetings and conferences, as well as large banquets and organizational functions. The Conference Center provides 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, one large room or up to five separate rooms to accommodate your needs. Professional catering services on-site provide all the amenities necessary for complete event planning. Thirty acres of hard-surface (free) parking serves the Events Center and attached Fonner Park facility that offers live Thoroughbred horse racing (Feb.-May), as well as year-round simulcast racing. The Finish Line Sports Bar also features simulcast racing and keno. Grand Island and Fonner Park will become home to the Nebraska State Fair in 2010! New buildings will complement the existing facilities at the Heartland Events Center and Fonner Park. The new exhibition buildings, livestock facility and arena will be one of the largest and finest in the entire Midwest area while enhancing the community’s ability to host multiple events simultaneously.

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Gretna Sarpy County CVB • Linda Revis

14333 S Hwy 31 #C108 • Gretna • NE • 68028 402-332-5771 • Fax: 402-332-0018 www.gosarpy.com • lrevis@gosarpy.com

Where the cities meet the country.

Area rooms: 1,800 Nearest airport: 20 miles Major meeting facilities: LaVista Conference Center - built in 2008 with 45,000 sq. ft. of private meeting space

The true beauty of Sarpy County - nestled amidst gently rolling hills, lush forests, and crystalline rivers of eastern Nebraska - lies not just in the landscape, but in the surprising variety of things to do, see, and experience. Just minutes from the state’s most vibrant metropolitan district, the area offers the perfect blend of city and country. Whether you’re in search of fun-filled adventure or a relaxing retreat, wonderful shopping, great dining, historical attractions, cultural events, outdoor activities, and family-friendly treasures await you at every turn. Add to that Sarpy County’s affordable accommodations, and anything you wish to do is easily within reach. What are you waiting for? Discover for yourself why Sarpy County is So Near, So FUN! Attractions: Golf, parks, lakes, mall, specialty shops, theatres and more

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Hastings Hastings/Adams County CVB • Kaleena Fong 100 N Shore Dr • Hastings • NE • 68901 800-967-2189 • Fax: 402-461-7273 www.visithastingsnebraska.com kaleena@visithastingsnebraska.com

Add some FLAVOR to your meeting…

Sleeping rooms: 540 Room range: 17-101 Hotel convention properties: 1 Seating range: 25-323 Additional meeting sites: 40 Seating range: 10-2,000 Location: Only 15 minutes south of I-80 on Hwy 281

Home to cultural arts, historical treasures, nationally recognized companies and institutions, state-of-the-art sporting facilities and a whole lot of hometown charm, Hastings offers the perfect location for your next convention or meeting. Hastings’ central location has made it a hub for entertainment, business, and industry since the 1880s. Our facilities can accommodate a variety of needs and our small town hospitality can make planning a meeting easier than you ever imagined. Call to request a Meeting Planner Guide and free convention services including planning assistance, publicity coordination, registration services and convention programming. Or check out visithastingsnebraska.com for a full venue listing and electronic RFP. From start to finish you can count on the Adams County CVB to help you plan a successful, memorable and well-attended convention in “The Birthplace of Kool-Aid.”

Attractions: Golf, museums, planetarium, agricultural and historical tours, sports facilities, waterpark and vibrant downtown

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Lincoln

The Prairie Capital City Lincoln CVB • Derek Feyerherm

1135 M St, Ste 300 • Lincoln • NE • 68508 800-423-8212 • Fax: 402-436-2360 www.lincoln.org • dfeyerherm@lincoln.org

Area rooms: 4,111 Airport: Lincoln Municipal Airport - 4 miles Major meeting facilities: Pershing Center Lancaster Event Center Holiday Inn Downtown 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 multi-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 multi-purpose buildings located on 325 acres. The Lancaster Event Center features 400,000 sq. ft. of open-air pavilions. Lincoln has everything from well-equipped bed and breakfast rooms to fullservice hotels. Lincoln has 51 hotels with 4,111 hotel rooms and 21 bed and breakfast rooms.

Nebraska City

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

NE

2700 Sylvan Rd • Nebraska City • NE • 68410 800-546-5433 • Fax: 402-873-8796 www.arborday.org/new • dmunderloh@arbordayfarm.org 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

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Lied Lodge & Conference Center offers a unique, inspiring setting for your next meeting, conference, or retreat. The soaring timber architecture, conservation practices, accredited conference standards, and a commitment to service excellence make this facility 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 • Catering menus featuring locally-grown produce • Arbor Day Farm® Tree Adventure™ attraction offering interactive exhibits and scenic trails • ArborLinks Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer • Olympic-sized indoor pool, fitness center, and spa Lied Lodge is owned and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation and is committed to a sustainable future. All proceeds support tree planting and conservation efforts around the globe.

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Norfolk Norfolk/Madison County CVB • Lora Young

405 Madison Ave • Norfolk • NE • 68701 888-371-2932 • Fax: 402-371-0182 www.visitnorfolkne.com • mcvb@norfolk.ne.us

Meet, Stay, Enjoy

Area rooms: 600 Major meeting facilities: Divots Conference Center Time Square Event Center

Norfolk is located in the heart of northeast Nebraska and is within easy driving distance of three major airports and sits at the intersection of two major highways, 81 and 275. Norfolk offers two major conference facilities and several smaller meeting spaces to serve your needs. While you are here, a visit to the Elkhorn Valley Museum to tour the Johnny Carson Gallery is a must. Other attractions in the area include the Norfolk Arts Center, several nine- and 18-hole golf courses, Cuthills Vineyards and Ashfall Fossil beds. Norfolk offers several wonderful dining experiences, including The Veranda that offers the region’s most diverse menu complete with fine wines and liquors. Check out our website for online RFPs and to request personal assistance in supporting you with your every need for that perfect meeting or convention. The Norfolk/Madison County CVB is happy to offer welcome packets, free name tags with your pre-registration list, guest/spouse tours, and media contacts.

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North Platte

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

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: Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, Buffalo Bill State Historic Park, Lincoln County Historical Museum, Dancing Leaf Cultural Center, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, America’s 20th Century Veterans Memorial

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219 S Dewey St • North Platte • NE • 69101 800-955-4528 • Fax: 308-532-5914 www.VisitNorthPlatte.com • Info@VisitNorthPlatte.com

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. Our many unique off-site venues offer exciting choices for your guests, including meals or meetings at the top of the Golden Spike Tower! You will find numerous interesting and exciting attractions, three public golf courses, six-screen movie theater, cultural exhibits and museums, bowling, go-karts, miniature golf, disc golf, paintball and much more to keep your attendees busy. 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.

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Bismarck

Meet Outside the Ordinary. Bismarck-Mandan CVB • Sheri Grossman

1600 Burnt Boat Dr • Bismarck • ND • 58503 800-767-3555 • Fax: 701-222-0647 www.discoverbismarckmandan.com sheri@discoverbismarckmandan.com

Area rooms: 2,500 Airport: Daily jet service to and from hub cities Meeting facilities: Bismarck Convention & Event Center, 5 fullservice meeting hotels Attractions: 7 public and one private golf course, antique shopping, nearby casino, riverfront activities, hunting and fishing

Tucked in the scenic Missouri River Valley, Bismarck-Mandan can set the stage for your most memorable meeting or event. Our wide-open spaces and friendly people make it easy to put other worries aside and concentrate on recharging, networking and team building. The perfect setting for your next meeting or event: Bismarck-Mandan has 2,500 sleeping rooms within ten minutes of the airport, a convention center with 48,600 square feet of exhibit space, a 10,000-seat arena, and nearly 20 additional meeting rooms. BismarckMandan offers what most cities twice its size can’t - our scenery is distinctive and our genuine hospitality is unsurpassed. You will start saving money from the moment you arrive. Hidden costs will not diminish your experience; free local phone calls, free airport shuttle service and free in-room hotel internet service are just a small sampling of the amenities waiting for you. Best of all, your event will get top billing. Unlike being lost in large destinations, you will be the number one priority. Whether you are an intimate group of 100 or an assembly of 2,000, you will receive VIP treatment. It is time for your next meeting to be outside the ordinary. Discover Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota.

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Dickinson Dickinson CVB • Amy Braun

72 E Museum Dr • Dickinson • ND • 58601 701-483-4988 • Fax: 701-483-9261 www.visitdickinson.com • amy@dickinsoncvb.com

Explore the Western Edge, Dickinson, ND

Area rooms: 807 Major meeting facilities: Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge, 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 www.visitdickinson.com. 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

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Fargo

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 www.fargomoorhead.org • teri@fargomoorhead.org Area rooms: 4,000 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, FargoMoorhead Community Theatre, Fargo-Moorhead 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 4,000 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 three hub cities including Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver. Fargo-Moorhead loves visitors! Visit us and we’ll show you.

Jamestown

The Buffalo City Jamestown Civic Center/CVB • Pam Fosse, Director

212 Third Ave NE • Jamestown • ND • 58401 701-252-8088 • Fax: 701-252-8089 www.jamestownnd.com • jmstnd@jamestownnd.com

Area rooms: 518

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Airport: 4 miles Meeting facilities: Jamestown Civic Center, Gladstone Inn & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites Attractions: White Buffalo, World’s Largest Buffalo, National Buffalo Museum, Frontier Fort, Ft. Seward/Flags Across America, Stutsman County Museum, Louis L’Amour, The Arts Center, St. James Basilica, North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, Alfred Dickey Public Library, Jamestown Reservoir, Frontier & Wildlife Museum

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Experience the charm and hospitality offered as Jamestown continues its strong tradition as home to some of the best recreational, historical and cultural activities in the Dakotas. Jamestown’s reputation as “Pride of the Prairie” is well deserved, as her rich blend of activities and entertainment opportunities provide something to suit every taste. Jamestown is a treasure trove of historic places just waiting to be explored. Be transported back in time while retracing the “Trail of Louis L’Amour,” stroll the boardwalk or ride the stagecoach at the Frontier Village and be astounded by the prairie town experience or celebrate the lifestyle of the early settlers at the Lutz Mansion. The National Buffalo Museum transports you into an arts and cultural mecca of learning and discovery while you explore the collections, special exhibitions and educational programs. Marvel at albino buffalo as they roam adjacent to the Frontier Village and Museum. Included in the herd are albino buffalo White Cloud, Dakota Miracle and Dakota Legend, all of whom American Indian tradition hold sacred. We invite you to take away many fond memories of your time spent in the Buffalo City and return to our community in the near future.

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Minot

Why Not Minot? Minot CVB • Elicia DesLauriers, Convention Sales Manager 1020 S Broadway • Minot • ND • 58701 800-264-2626 • Fax: 701-857-8228 www.visitminot.org • elicia@visitminot.org

Area rooms: 1,600 Major meeting facilities: North Dakota State Fair Center, Holiday Inn Riverside, Grand International, Sleep Inn & Suites and The Vegas Entertainment/attractions nearby: Pointe of View Winery, Roosevelt Park Zoo, Dakota Air Territory Museum, Scandinavian Heritage Park

Whether planning a meeting or convention - Minot has the people, accommodations and activities to help make your event successful! Take a closer look at Minot and you’ll discover a wide range of multifunctional meeting, exhibit and banquet facilities. What sets Minot apart is that each facility is staffed with courteous professionals offering personalized service, genuine hospitality, great attention to detail and a commitment to making your event a success. Minot prides themselves in the highest quality customer service in the region and beyond. Along with newly remodeled facilities Minot would be a great choice for your next event. Remember, when booking your next meeting or convention… Why Not MINOT?

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Watford City McKenzie County TB • Jan Dodge

100 2nd Ave SW • Watford City • ND • 58854-0699 800-701-2804 • Fax: 701-444-5804 www.4eyes.net • jdodge@co.mckenzie.nd.us

It’s What’s Beyond The Horizon That May Surprise You…

Area rooms: 60 Major meeting facilities: Outlaws’ Bar & Grill Banquet & Meeting Facility - groups of 20 to 400; Watford Golf Course - groups up to 80

McKenzie County, located in the heart of the beautiful badlands country of western North Dakota, will provide you with the perfect destination from which to launch your private retreat, meeting or conference experience. The local meeting/conference center with a professional staff will assist you with your meeting needs and will give you the down-home hospitality that assures you a memorable and enjoyable time spent in the area. Whether it’s the rugged adventure of exploring a backcountry trail, a quest for the longest golf drive, or discovering the rich culture and history of this region, the possibilities are as endless as our night skies! Attractions: Theodore Roosevelt National Park-North Unit, Little Missouri Grasslands, Watford City Golf Course (9-hole), Maah Daah Hey Trail, Long X Trading Post Visitor Center and Museum, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, Wild West Water Park, Three Affiliated Tribes Museum

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Akron rooms: 5,300 Akron/Summit CVB • Jim Mahon, Director of Marketing & Communications Area Major meeting facilities: Akron 77 E Mill St • Akron • OH • 44308 330-374-7560 or 800-245-4254 • Fax: 330-374-7626 www.visitakron-summit.org • information@visitakron-summit.org

Greater Akron/Summit County, OH… Every Season, Any Day!

City Centre Hotel, Holiday Inn Hudson, Sheraton Suites, Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, Four Points Sheraton & Radisson Akron/Fairlawn and Holiday Inn Akron/Fairlawn

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 services, itinerary development and collateral materials. Our area boasts 11 full-service hotels, a variety of limited service 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, Cuyahoga Valley National Park & Scenic Railroad, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Akron Civic Theatre, Harry London Candies & MAPS Air Museum. Request a complete destination planning packet today!

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Akron/Cuyahoga Falls

A breathtaking and convenient location combined with superb comfort and hospitality. Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls • Debbie Smith

Rooms/suites: 209 Meeting space sq. ft.: 23,000 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: Yes

As you awaken to the calm, rippling sounds of the Cuyahoga’s waters, it’s hard to believe that you’re just minutes away from some of Northeast Ohio’s most popular business and leisure destinations. A breathtaking and convenient location combined with superb comfort and hospitality - that’s the beauty of Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls. When it comes to hosting your next conference, seminar, meeting or other company- or industry-related event, Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls means business. We offer more than 23,000 sq. ft. of innovative and comfortable meeting and conference facilities, ranging from our grand ballroom to sophisticated boardroom, executive meeting rooms and outdoor Jetty. We also staff professional caterers, meeting and conference planners who are available to help coordinate everything from the right size space to menus to AV equipment. So whatever your gathering, Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls will help make it hassle-free for you, yet memorable for all your guests. The Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls offers all newly renovated guest suites, featuring LCD televisions, wet bar, microwave and mini-fridge. For your dining experience visit Piatto-Novo Restaurant and Lounge, voted #1 Most Romantic Restaurant by AOL City Guide.

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1989 Front St • Cuyahoga Falls • OH • 44221 330-929-3000 • Fax: 330-920-7524 www.sheratonakron.com • dsmith@sheratonakron.com


Bowling Green Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau • Wendy Stram, Executive Director 119 E Court St • Bowling Green • OH • 43402 800-866-0046 • Fax: 419-353-9446 www.visitbgohio.org • wendystram@visitbgohio.org

Area rooms: 600 Major meeting facilities: 8

The place to be successful! For your next meeting or convention come to Bowling Green, Ohio to experience small town hospitality with big city amenities! BG is the place to be celebrated, amazed and delighted by any of the restaurants on the BG Culinary Tourism Trail, the only Wind Farm in the state, Bowling Green State University or the museum of your choice. Located conveniently off I-75 and close proximity to I-80/90, Bowling Green has everything to offer, including state-of-the-art facilities such as BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union, to unique venues like Snook’s Dream Cars Automobile Museum. Let the CVB be your one-stop shop to plan your next meeting or convention today. Attractions: BG Wind Farm, Civil War Museum of Ohio, National Construction Equipment Museum, Snook’s Dream Cars Automobile Museum, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, Children’s Discovery Garden of the Simpson Garden Park

Bowling Green Bowling Green State University: Bowen-Thompson Student Union Corinn Shemak, Coordinator of Event Services

BGSU-Student Union, Ste 231 • Bowling Green • OH • 43403 419-372-9007 • Fax: 419-372-7940

www.bgsu.edu/union • cshemak@bgsu.edu

Your Destination for Exceptional Meetings and Conferences

Meeting space sq. ft.: 220,000 sq. ft. building Meeting rooms: 15 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf courses nearby: 3 Onsite restaurant: 1

The Bowen-Thompson Student Union offers a variety of unique spaces (including a 250-seat surround sound theater) for meetings, conferences, and special occasions. Our audio/visual department provides state-of-the-art equipment for your use. On-site caterers prepare dining options from boxed lunches to formal served dinners. Celebrate a special occasion in our elegant Lenhart Grand Ballroom, with beautiful hardwood floors, large bay window and seating available for up to 1,000 people. Recreation may include a workout in the recreation center, a round of golf at our on-campus course, or local sightseeing at a variety of museums, the only wind farm in Ohio, and other local attractions. Attractions: The Bowling Greenery restaurant (open-air bistro type establishment that offers buffet or menu items) and The Black Swamp Pub (which offers appetizers and finger foods, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, music, and billiards/pool)

Cambridge

Focused meetings. Wide-open breakout sessions. Ohio State Park Resorts & Conference Centers 330-723-5977 • Fax: 866-497-6596 www.atapark.com

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Unique Meeting Venues Scenic Views Casual Environment Team Building Ropes Course Championship Golf Courses Fishing Lakeside Bonfires Outdoor Dining Paint Ball Geo Caching Boating Hiking Biking Horseback Riding

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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 www.atapark.com or contact Dianna Rom at 330-723-5977 or drom@xanterra.com.

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Cincinnati

All for fun and fun for all. Northern Cincinnati CVB • Patty Gibson

11641 Chester Rd, Ste B • Cincinnati • OH • 45246 513-771-5353 Ext 10 • Fax: 513-771-4788 www.cincynorth.com • pattygibson@cincynorth.com

When the time comes to book your meetings and events, Northern Cincinnati will add the FUN. Northern Cincinnati offers free parking, a Major meeting facility: safe suburban setting, unique venues, and a variety of amenities to keep your Sharonville Convention company connected during your meeting. With half the U.S. population within Center a 60-minute flight, it just makes sense to visit Northern Cincinnati for your Attractions: meeting, conference, or special event. Kings Island, CoCo Key The Northern Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau offers many Water Resort, Cincinnati complimentary services to meeting and event planners, including: Museum Center, Cincinnati Art Muesum, • Free consultation to determine your needs Cincinnati Reds • Coordination of the bid process with prospective hotels and meeting sites that match your needs. • Scheduling site visits to potential hotels and meeting sites • Planning assistance with off-premises activities, attractions and special events • Offering presentations to your board or committee • Assist with selecting sites for spouse/guest and children’s activities • Providing visitor information/welcome packets for out-of-town guests • Cash donation to your organization based on actual room nights used. Please call our office for details! For more information on planning your next meeting in Northern Cincinnati visit www.CincyNorth.com and request a free Northern Cincinnati Meeting & Event Planning Guide.

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Area rooms: 6,400


Columbus Franklin County Veterans Memorial • John Loree, General Manager 300 W Broad St • Columbus • OH • 43215 614-221-4341 • Fax: 614-221-8422 www.fcvm.com • johnl@fcvm.com

All the space you need.

Meeting space sq. ft.: 145,000 Meeting rooms: 15 Reception capacity: 10-8,000 Golf courses nearby: 15

With 110,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, banquet rooms, a breathtaking patio overlooking the Columbus Skyline, 15 meeting rooms and a 4,000-seat theater, Veterans Memorial has everything you need for your next event. We are a full-service, versatile venue offering catering, utility services, fiber optic wireless internet connection, on-site parking and much more at competitive rates. Whether you are hosting a banquet or reception, holding a meeting, running a public trade show, producing a theatrical presentation or concert, Veterans Memorial has all the space you need. We welcome site-visits: call (614) 221-4341 to see what we can do for you. Attractions: COSI Science Center, North Market, Arena District, Short North Arts District, Crew Stadium, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Ohio Statehouse, Franklin Park Conservatory, Longaberger Homestead, Ohio Historical Society, German Village, Easton Town Center

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Hocking Hills

Close to home. A million miles from ho-hum. Hocking Hills Tourism Association • Karen Raymore, CDME 13178 St. Rt. 664 S • Logan • OH • 43138 740-385-2750 • Fax: 740-385-1146 www.1800Hocking.com • kraymore@1800hocking.com

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Area rooms: 650 (our lodging units are a mix of hotel rooms, cottages, cabins, B&Bs and inns) Nearest airport/distance: Port Columbus Airport - 54 miles Major meeting facilities: The Gathering Place at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, Glenlaurel Inn, Hocking Hills Resort, Logan Conference Center, Camp Akita, Crockett’s Run, Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, Camp Oty’Okwa Entertainment/attractions: Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Conkles Hollow, Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House, Lake Logan (all are part of Hocking Hills State Park); Earth, Water, Rock Outdoor Adventures, Touch the Earth Adventures, The Bowen House Center for Arts and Education, Hocking Hills Historical Museums, Nelsonville Historic Square Art District, Rocky Boot Factory Outlet, Hocking Hills Market, authentic Appalachian artists and craftsmen

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Located less than an hour from Columbus, the Hocking Hills are Ohio’s Natural Crown Jewels and just the place to inspire creativity. Take a different approach for your next meeting. Immerse your group in natural beauty. Fly through the trees on the Midwest’s only Canopy Zipline Adventure. Try getting outside to think outside the box. The Hocking Hills can accommodate midsized to small meetings. A wide variety of lodging and facilities will make your next meeting productive and memorable. Build your team through adventure experiences. When you’ve completed the day’s work, relax under a star filled sky and tap into big ideas for the future. When you’re ready for a unique, natural meeting environment, head for the Hills.

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Mansfield Mansfield CVB • Kim Miers

124 N Main St • Mansfield • OH • 44902 800-642-8282 • Fax: 419-524-7722 www.MansfieldTourism.com kmiers@MansfieldTourism.com

“You can’t meet like this just anywhere!”

Area rooms: 1,700 Major meeting facilities: Mid-Ohio Conference Center, Ohio State Reformatory(filming site of The Shawshank Redemption), Mid-Ohio Driving School

Non-traditional meeting sites take your team trackside with the Mid-Ohio Driving School where your CEO can drive a real racecar. Feel movie magic at the Ohio State Reformatory, filming site of The Shawshank Redemption, where meeting attendees can dine where Andy and Red did or top off the meeting with a “Ghost Walk.” Need more team building? How about our paintball park, winter tubing park, or a summer camp for adults! Traditional meeting facilities with up to 33,000 sq. ft. under one roof. Free Facilities Guide available. Attractions: Historic Ohio State Reformatory, BibleWalk, Ohio Dreams Extreme Sports Camp, Malabar Farm State Park (wedding site of Bogey and Bacall)

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Maumee Holiday Inn/Splash Bay Indoor Waterpark • Sherrill Sears

1705 Toll Gate Dr • Maumee • OH • 43537 419-482-7777 • Fax: 419-482-6500 www.splashbayresort.com • sherrill.sears@hotmail.com

Year-round family fun!

Rooms/suites: 106 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 100 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Holiday Inn/Splash Bay Resort, located in Maumee, Ohio, gives you the opportunity to stay and play! Located in the Maumee/Toledo area, guests to Splash Bay will have the best in comfortable, affordable accommodations while they enjoy our incredible water park - all year round! Meeting room available for five to 200 people with catered food for business or pleasure. Attractions: Health and fitness center, spa facilities, Splash Bay Indoor Water Park with lazy river, arcade room, convenience store, gift shop, nearby Toledo Zoo, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Mud Hens, shopping and more

Pine Lakes Lodge Bed & Breakfast Resort & Conference Center • Brooke Clemens 61680 Buskirk Ln • Salesville • OH • 43778 740-679-3617 www.pinelakeslodge.com • peacefulretreat@pinelakeslodge.com

Ohio’s Premier Bed and Breakfast Resort

Rooms/suites: 4/1 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,000 Meeting rooms: 1 Reception capacity: 120 Golf course nearby: Yes

In addition to being a year-round bed and breakfast, our unique conference center at Pine Lakes Lodge is available for meetings, special events, weddings, conferences, retreats and private parties for groups of up to 120. Our 2,000 sq. ft. banquet area, comfortable plush chairs and fireplace offer a rustic and inviting setting. The hand painted mural and six sets of French doors bring the outside in, as does the opening onto a patio deck where a fishpond and waterfall can be found. The conference center enjoys a beautiful hilltop view of the valley. Overnight accommodations include five suites with either a king or queen size bed, or one of our cabins. Additional overnight accommodations can be found in nearby Cambridge, Ohio. Easily accessible to Columbus and just a short drive from Cambridge, Ohio, we have an ample amount of paved and lighted parking, and our 550 acres of rolling meadows and woods provide a wonderful backdrop for your next professional gathering.

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Sandusky Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center • Amanda Smith

4424 Milan Rd, Ste A • Sandusky • OH • 44870 1-800-255-3743 • 419-625-2984 • Fax: 419-625-5009 www.ShoresandIslands.com • amanda@shoresandislands.com

ANYthing but Dry! Area rooms: 5,694

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Major meeting facilities: Kalahari Indoor Waterpark Resort and Convention Center, Sawmill Creek Resort & Conference Center, BGSU Firelands College, NorthCoast Marketplace, Hotel Breakers Conference Center Attractions: Cedar Point, Lake Erie Islands, island-hopping cruises, indoor waterparks, fishing charters, bird watching, nature preserves and lighthouses

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Discover a meeting destination that’s anything but dry! At Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands you and your colleagues will experience first-class event facilities and hospitality surrounded by miles of beautiful shoreline and activities one can only find at the water’s edge! This freshwater destination provides an exceptional location for your event. It is less than an hour’s drive from both Cleveland and Toledo airports, and is easily accessible via the Ohio Turnpike and other major state routes. Parking is complimentary at nearly all the meeting locations and resorts. And, this coastal region offers stunning scenery and natural areas as well as numerous entertainment options, including Cedar Point, cruises to the islands, five indoor waterpark resorts and flourishing fishing opportunities. With over 400,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space and multiple alternative venues, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands has the ability to host most traditional events, but it’s the non-traditional events that peak with creativity. From intense board meetings and intimate banquets to large-scale tradeshows, the site options are endless. Choices range from a professional, top-notch convention center connected to Ohio’s largest hotel and the nation’s largest indoor waterpark to a quaint, Victorian-style island retreat that is accessible by means of a relaxing ferry ride or scenic flight over the lake. From initial contact to the final good-bye, professional welcome center staff is eager to help with every detail. Submitting formal proposals; coordinating bids for facilities and accommodations; providing photos, logos and copy for your promotional materials; and offering a welcome speaker, registration assistance and visitor literature are all standard services.

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Toledo

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

401 Jefferson Ave • Toledo • OH • 43604 800-243-4667 Ext 5050 • Fax: 419-255-7731 www.doToledo.org • msayre@doToledo.org Rooms/suites: 7,000 Attractions nearby: Cedar Point 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 Westgate Crowne Plaza Toledo Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Hotel Toledo Holiday Inn French Quarter Hotel Seagate Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center Park Inn Toledo

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 900seat 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. 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 www.doToledo.org.

Troy

From Town to Farm… Experience Historic Charm Miami County VCB • Diana Thompson

405 SW Public Sq, Ste 272 • Troy • OH • 45373 800-348-8993 • Fax: 973-339-4541 www.visitmiamicounty.org dthompson@visitmiamicounty.org

Nearest airport: Dayton Airport - 15 miles Major meeting facilities: Hobart Arena, Fort Piqua Plaza, Crystal Room, Heidelberg Auditorium Attractions: Hobart Arena, shopping districts, canal boat, nature center

Miami County is located in Ohio’s heartland. We’re easy to find on the map, easy to get to and very easy to enjoy as you discover all the highways and byways of our area. Located just ten minutes north of the crossroads of I-70 and I-75, and 15 minutes from the Dayton International Airport, Miami County is an ideal choice for meetings of all types. As you begin your planning, you will discover a wealth of history in the many areas of rolling hills and farmlands that offer the peaceful vistas of the Midwest. Discover our beautiful parks, golf courses, historic downtown shopping districts, museums, and recreational trails. From town square to country farm, our visitors will experience Miami County’s historic charm.

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Area rooms: 1,048

Make your gathering a memorable occasion by choosing Miami County, Ohio - a sampling of small towns, picturesque countryside, and friendly people everywhere you go. So many meeting options are available to suit your budget, group size, and your imagination.


Pierre

Great Faces. Great Places. South Dakota Office of Tourism • Alicia Gildemaster 711 E Wells Ave • Pierre • SD • 57501-3369 www.TourSDakota.com • sdinfo@state.sd.us

South Dakota provides a variety of options for your next conference, seminar or retreat. No matter where your next meeting is, your clients will find comfortable accommodations, exceptional dining experiences, unique attractions, appealing nightlife and memories that will last for years to come. Easy-to-find and useful information to help you plan your next meeting or convention is available online at www.TourSDakota.com. A searchable database of facilities across the state will help you plan for your next group, meeting, convention, wedding, conference or special event. To help you and your clients unwind after a full day inside, consider exploring one of the many South Dakota experiences. The Mount Rushmore State is a land of pristine, natural beauty rich in colorful history and heritage. Our mountain marvels will delight your clients. Our famous faces, the 60-foot images on Mount Rushmore National Memorial, stand as a symbol of American democracy recognized world-wide. From shopping to a vibrant downtown, arts, theater and much more, Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city, is rich in history and culture. From the Old West history found in Deadwood to Mitchell, home to the World’s Only Corn Palace, to Watertown’s fabulous Redlin Arts Center, South Dakota will offer your clients a stunning range of attractions in an unexpected relaxing atmosphere. Tranquil scenes along the Missouri River, shady campsites, woodland trails and colorful ethnic festivals greet guests and capture the spirit of the people throughout the year in South Dakota. Meet in South Dakota and experience for yourself the state’s Great Faces and Great Places.

Aberdeen

Where Great Conventions Happen Aberdeen CVB • Nancy Krumm

PO Box 78 • Aberdeen • SD • 57402 800-645-3851 • Fax: 605-225-3573 www.visitaberdeensd.com • info@aberdeencvb.com

Major meeting facilities: Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Ramada Inn & Convention Center, AmericInn Lodge Suites & Conference Center Attractions: Aberdeen Aquatic Center, 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!”

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Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota Brookings CVB • Deb Garbers

414 Main Ave • PO Box 431 • Brookings • SD • 57006 605-692-6125 • Fax: 605-697-8109 www.brookingssd.com • chamber@brookings.net

Area rooms: 500+ Major meeting facilities: Swiftel Center, Shamrock, Days Inn, Staurolite Inn Attractions: McCrory Gardens, Performing Arts Center, Veteran’s Memorial, Community Cultural Center/Brookings Arts Council, SDSU Ritz Art Gallery, South Dakota State University, South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, antique shops, historical walking tours, fishing, golf, waterpark

Conveniently located along I-29, near the South Dakota/Minnesota border, Brookings is a quiet, safe university town with much to offer. The Swiftel Center hosts big-name entertainment and large-scale events, with the space for 50 to 1,500 people. From a 30,000 sq. ft. Arena to several state-of-the-art meeting spaces, the Swiftel Center can fit the needs of any meeting or event group. The all-new Shamrock banquet facilities contain six different meeting rooms, including two large banquet rooms that can accommodate from 150 to 450 attendees each. In addition, the Shamrock offers a beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard for events. The Brookings Days Inn & Convention Center is a popular spot for business meetings and social events. The 5,400 sq. ft. Convention Center can be subdivided into four separate rooms. The onsite Pavilion Bar & Grill serves up a casual atmosphere. For outdoor events, McCrory Gardens is said to be the prettiest 65 acres in South Dakota. The gardens feature all-American trails, annual and perennial plants and flowers, and a tremendous variety of trees, all of which provide a picturesque backdrop for outdoor gatherings. Accommodation options abound in the Brookings hotel district, located just off the Interstate. For more information on hotels and convention facilities, visit www.brookingssd.com.

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Brookings Swiftel Center • Jenny Hammrich

824 32nd Ave • Brookings • SD • 57006 605-692-7539 • Fax: 605-697-6393 www.swiftelcenter.com • swiftelcenter@swiftelcenter.com

Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,275 Meeting rooms: 6 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,800

Swiftel Center - Midwest Hospitality at its BEST SD

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 or expectation. Our banquet and meeting space can accommodate as few as ten up to 500 people and that doesn’t include 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Let our staff do the work for you. We offer personal oneon-one service to tailor your room arrangement, we offer a full menu including breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks and appetizers and a full bar service. Our full-time on-site chef is also available for consultations to customize your menu. We strive to be “Midwest Hospitality at its Best.” We’re located along Interstate 29, exit 132 and we welcome you anytime!

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

100 4th St SW • Huron • SD • 57350 800-876-5858 • Fax: 605-352-8321 www.huroneventcenter.com • sales@crossroadshotel.com

Airport: Huron Regional - 4 miles 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

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The Huron Event Center links a beautiful hotel to the Huron Arena, providing 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and pre-function area. It is located downtown Huron, in the heart of hometown hospitality and service. The Dakota Ballroom can accommodate up to 700 people yet can be intimate enough for small meetings, providing 19 possible meeting rooms. Combine this with the attached Huron Arena that provides stadium seating for 6,000 and exhibition space of 1,400 sq. ft., and your opportunities are endless! The Huron Event Center and the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau offer an array of meeting and convention services from convention planning assistance to custom welcomes for your group. Attention to detail, a desire to please, and a commitment to success has established a first-class reputation unparalleled to all others. The Huron Event Center - One big venue! • 34,000 sq. ft. • Conference space for up to 700 • Stadium seating for 6,000 • Convenient location • 19 meeting rooms

• Murals on the Town • 100 on-site guest rooms • World’s Largest Pheasant

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Pierre Pierre CVB • Lois Ries

PO Box 548 • Pierre • SD • 57501 605-224-7361 • Fax: 605-224-6485 www.pierre.org • lries@pierre.org

Your Adventure on the River Pierre, the state’s Capital City, is located on the banks of the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. Close to major population centers, it’s an area where you can stretch out, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. If it’s a quality meeting experience you’re looking for, Pierre can offer it all. Pierre features nearly 1,000 hotel/motel rooms. The Ramkota RiverCentre, King’s Inn Conference Center and the AmericInn are first rate convention/conference facilities that will accommodate any requirements for your next meeting. Pierre offers a unique setting for your event - specialty shops, many restaurants and popular attractions make Pierre an excellent choice for your next meeting. Attractions: State Capitol, South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center, South Dakota National Guard Museum, Oahe Dam, South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium

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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 www.siouxfallscvb.com • jpappas@siouxfalls.com Area rooms: Over 4,200 Airport: Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD) - Sioux Falls Major meeting facilities: Sioux Falls Convention Center, plus 3 major hotel facilities

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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 - Timeless Indigenous Art

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South Dakota’s largest city is located in The Heart of America at the junction of I-90 and I-29; accessible by major airlines offering connections to more than 200 domestic cities including direct flights to Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Orlando and Phoenix! More than 4,200 guest rooms, an historic downtown, home-grown restaurants, rich arts and culture, abundant shopping, area wineries and a wide variety of entertainment and attractions await your arrival! Experience Falls Park, home to a triple waterfall, visitor information center, five-story 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 flexible meeting and exhibit space including a 16,800 sq. ft. ballroom and 12 breakout rooms. The facility offers on-site audio/ visual services, staging and an experienced event management and catering staff to ensure the success of your event. One look at the chef’s amazing culinary creations and guests will know they are in for something special. Whether it’s a coffee break, trade show luncheon or celebrity gala, they have the extensive experience and resources to execute the perfect catered event. The Sioux Falls Convention Center and 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena are attached to a 243room hotel and adjacent to Howard Wood Field, a 10,000-seat track and field, football and soccer stadium, and the Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium. Sioux Falls has 49 hotels with over 1,000 rooms within a one-mile radius of the convention center. Several hotels in the city 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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Watertown

Elegant to Casual… Just Plain Fun Watertown CVB • Karen D. Witt, CHSP, Executive Director 1200 33rd St SE • PO Box 225 Watertown • SD • 57201 605-753-0CVB • Fax: 605-753-0394 www.watertownsd.com • karen@watertownsd.com

Home of the Terry Redlin Art Center Golf courses: 2 Area rooms: 825 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 attached Best Western Ramkota Inn. Other accommodations include over 800 motel rooms and various other facilities available in Watertown including 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, historical Goss Gallery, 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.

Yankton

What a discovery! Yankton CVB • Lisa Scheve

Area rooms: 425+ Airports: Chan Gurney Municipal Airport Hotel and conference center: Best Western Kelly Inn & Minerva’s Convention Center, 5,145 sq. ft. Attractions: Lewis and Clark Lake Missouri National Recreational River National Field Archery Association Headquarters and Olympic Training Center Golf courses: 8 golf courses within 30 miles of Yankton

Located just 30 miles west of Interstate 29, Yankton, SD has numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors, including resorts, camping, fishing and all forms of water recreation on Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River. Yankton offers many events, activities and festivals for visitors to attend throughout the year. Whether you are just visiting for a few hours or spending several days, you’ll find that people in Yankton are friendly and go out of their way to help you have a good time. The Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau can help make your family vacation, small group getaway or bus tour the best organized function you have ever had. With our advice, recommendations, planning schedules and free visitor’s guide, you will be well prepared. Yankton’s Chamber Members are ready to assist you as well. Yankton has a variety of places to hold meetings and conferences of all sizes. With over 425 motel rooms and a variety of restaurants to whet your appetite, plan your next meeting in Yankton. After your meeting, enjoy the beauty of Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River or enjoy the miles of trails offered in Yankton and the lake area. Call the Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance in planning your next meeting.

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803 E 4th St • Yankton • SD • 57078 605-665-3636 • Fax: 605-665-7501 www.yanktonsd.com • lscheve@yanktonsd.com


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Wisconsin

Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin, part of the World’s Largest Hotel Chain. www.bestwesternwisconsin.com 1-800-WESTERN (937-8376)

The Best Western Hotels in Wisconsin would like to welcome you. If you’re seeking rugged natural beauty, you’re headed in the right direction. That’s because Wisconsin has it all: hidden valleys, rolling countryside, thick pine forests, striking rock formations, and thousands of shimmering lakes and waterways. From metro Milwaukee to sophisticated Madison, bustling Green Bay to lazy river towns along the Mississippi, Wisconsin is perfect any season. Springtime brings the delectable harvest of the sugar maple, the state tree. Summer is the perfect time to visit Wisconsin Dells, a combination of sandstone cliffs, awesome rock formations, and funfilled water parks. Fall and winter turn the region into an outdoor adventure land with dog sledding, cross country skiing, ice cave exploration, and more. If you’re looking for a great Wisconsin hotel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose from a great selection of Best Western Airport Hotels, Inn and Suites, Executive Inns, University Hotels, Downtown Hotels and more. Best Western Wisconsin. We look forward to seeing you in Wisconsin.

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BW Midway Hotel Appleton - Appleton BW Lake Superior Lodge - Ashland BW Campus Inn Motor Lodge - Beaver Dam BW Countryside - Berlin BW Arrowhead Lodge & Suites - Black River Falls BW Midway Hotel Brookfield - Brookfield BW Stanton Inn - Chilton BW Crandon Inn & Suites - Crandon BW Crivitz Lodge - Crivitz BW Quiet House & Suites Dodgeville Dodgeville BW Derby Inn - Eagle River BW Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites - Eau Claire BW Midway Hotel Green Bay - Green Bay BW Hudson House Inn - Hudson BW Janesville - Janesville BW Executive Inn - Kenosha BW Harborside Inn & Kenosha Conference Center - Kenosha BW Midway Hotel Riverfront Resort - La Crosse BW Harbor Shores - Lake Geneva BW Lakewood Lodge -Lakewood BW Welcome Inn - Lancaster BW Countryside Inn - Lodi BW East Towne Suites - Madison BW Inn on the Park - Madison BW InnTowner & the Highland Club Madison BW West Towne Suites - Madison

As a member, earn points for free nights and other special offers. BW Lakefront Hotel - Manitowoc BW Riverfront Inn - Marinette BW Park Oasis Inn - Mauston BW Quiet House & Suites Mequon Mequon BW Inn Towne Hotel - Milwaukee BW Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center - Milwaukee BW Woods View Inn - Milwaukee BW Concord Inn - Minocqua BW Bridgewood Resort Hotel - Neenah BW Resort Hotel & Conference Center - Portage BW Bluffview Inn & Suites - Prairie du Chien BW Claridge Motor Inn - Rhinelander BW Inn - Rice Lake BW Welcome Inn - Ripon BW Village Haus Motor Lodge - Siren BW Northwoods Lodge - Siren BW Sparta Trail Lodge - Sparta BW American Heritage Inn - Spooner BW Maritime Inn - Sturgeon Bay BW Bay Walk Inn - Superior BW Bridgeview Motor Inn - Superior BW Lake-Aire Motel & Resort - Tomahawk BW Waukesha Grand - Waukesha BW Grand Seasons Hotel - Waupaca BW Midway Hotel Wausau - Wausau BW Baraboo Inn - West Baraboo BW Ambassador Inn & Suites - Wisconsin Dells

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Appleton

Shopping for a Great Meeting Place? Fox Cities CVB • Mae Ibe, CMP

3433 W College Ave • Appleton • WI • 54914 800-236-MEET • Fax: 920-734-1080 www.foxcities.org • mibe@foxcities.org Area rooms: 3,100+ Airport: ATW (Outagamie County Regional Airport) - 2 miles Major meeting facilities: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Bridgewood Resort, Holiday Inn Select, Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk, Hilton Garden Inn Attractions: Fox River Mall, Fox Cities PAC, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, History Museum at the Castle, Paper Discovery Center

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, 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: www.foxcities.org.

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Radisson Paper Valley Hotel • Cindy Foley, CMP

333 W College Ave • Appleton • WI • 54911 800-242-3499 • Fax: 920-733-2828 www.radissonpapervalley.com • www.montclairhotels.com

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 as one of the Midwest’s finest hotels. With the opening of the adjacent Fox Cities Meeting space sq. ft.: Performing Arts Center and the creation of a downtown Entertainment District, 40,000 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 destination for any type of business meeting, convention or leisure activity. Onsite restaurants: 5 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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Brookfield Brookfield Suites Hotel & Conference Center • Matt Drusch

1200 S Moorland Rd • Brookfield • WI • 53008 262-796-9117 • Fax: 262-796-9159 www.brookfieldsuites.com • mattd@brookfieldsuites.com

Stay Where You Matter.

Rooms/suites: 203 Meeting space sq. ft.: Over 6,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 350 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: The Fountain Grill and Bar

Milwaukee Area’s only all-suite, full-service hotel, conveniently located off of I-94 and within minutes of Milwaukee’s countless attractions. Free WiFi throughout the property, 24-hour front desk and business center, on-site catering, and full-service restaurant The Fountain Bar & Grill help make this luxurious hotel a perfect place to meet and relax. 6,000 square feet of meeting space can be customized for groups from two to 400 and can be perfectly-tailored to fit your event and your style. Two-room suites, complimentary cookedto-order breakfast and nightly cocktail reception in the Garden Atrium make staying the night a real treat. Attractions: Milwaukee Public Museum, Miller Park, Milwaukee County Zoo, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Pettit National Ice Center, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum and many more

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Cable Lakewoods Resort • Steve Gimmestad

21540 County Hwy M • Cable • WI • 54821-9998 715-794-2561 Ext 628 • Fax: 715-794-2553 www.lakewoodsresort.com • steve@lakewoodsresort.com

Get away, Get it done then have some fun!

Rooms/suites: 125 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,087 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 350 Golf course onsite: 1 onsite/4 nearby Onsite restaurants: 1

Family owned for over 100 years, Lakewoods Resort has been a haven for any group needing to get away, get something done and then have some fun. From experience, we know there is more to what you need than just a meeting room with a pretty view. Our food is legendary here in the Northwoods. From fine dining to lunch sandwiches to outdoor Bar-BQues, our menu is limited only by your imagination. We do it all right here just for you. Call today and we can discuss the many ways we can help get it done AND have some fun. Attractions: Golf, snowmobile trail, showshoe and cross country trails, fishing, marina with boat rentals, hiking, running, fishing, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, sauna, and much more

Cable Telemark Resort and Convention Center • Randall R. Jensen 715-798-3999 Ext #548 • Fax: 715-798-3995 www.telemarkresort.com • randallj@cheqnet.net

Meet, Play & Relax at a Unique Northwoods Destination

Reception capacity: 600 Meeting space sq. ft.: 20,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 3,591 Rooms/suites/condos: 129/12/52 Meeting rooms: 8 Golf course nearby: 18-hole Onsite restaurants: 2

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

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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.


Delafield

Experience The Delafield Hotel, a traditional American inn that respects the past, embraces the present and welcomes the future. The Delafield Hotel

415 Genesee St • Delafield • WI • 53018 262-646-1600 Ext 220 • Fax: 262-464-1613 www.thedelafieldhotel.com • susank@thedelafieldhotel.com

Rooms/suites: 38 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,800 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 250 Golf course nearby: Erin Hills Onsite restaurant: Andrew’s Bar & Restaurant

The Delafield Hotel stands sentinel on a knoll, beckoning travelers from Interstate-94, just half a mile north. Delafield is one of the most thriving destinations in southeast Wisconsin, with its quaint downtown of specialty shops, spas, coffee houses, craft stores and restaurants to tempt the most sophisticated of palettes. Opened in 2006, the red brick Delafield Hotel sets new standards in quality, luxury and service. Thirty-eight over-sized suites hold elegant, comfortable furnishings. Each suite includes a lavish spa bathroom, with Kohler spa tubs, multi-jet showers and television in the bathrooms. Enjoy a magical weekend or an evening away from the ordinary. Impress your customers with the finest in hospitality. Gather your employees for a retreat they will never forget. Host your wedding reception or conduct your next conference.

Delavan

Setting the Regional Standard for Casual Elegance Lake Lawn Resort

2400 E Geneva St • Delavan • WI • 53115 262-725-9100 • Fax: 262-728-7976 www.lakelawnresort.com sales@lakelawnresort.com

Guest rooms: 281 Meeting space sq. ft.: 32,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 5,170 Meeting rooms: 22 Reception capacity: 600 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2 Spa onsite: Yes

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After $40 million in renovations to our meeting facilities and guest rooms, Lake Lawn Resort has turned more than a few heads. Two miles of private shoreline, over 250 wooded acres and comfortably elegant spaces make the 281room resort the preferred meetings and leisure destination of the Geneva Lakes region, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 45 minutes from Milwaukee. From association meetings to executive retreats, Lake Lawn’s 22 meeting rooms and 32,000 sq. ft. of adaptable space provide groups of up to 500 plenty of breathing room. In addition to comfortable configurations, Lake Lawn Resort also offers the latest technological support. Accommodations at Lake Lawn are just as flexible, ranging from a private haven for two to a multi-level luxury suite for six, all rooms come outfitted with the finest amenities and spacious bathrooms. For outdoor adventurers, Lake Lawn offers championship golf, fishing, water sports, boating, tennis, volleyball, mini-golf and more. For those that want to indulge, there’s Lake Lawn’s full-service Timber Spa and newly renovated Frontier Restaurant, featuring creative American classics and an extensive wine list. For lighter fare and entertainment, enjoy poolside cocktails and outdoor lunches at The Lookout Bar & Eatery, or enjoy snacks and treats at Manny’s Deli & Ice Cream Shoppe. For more information, visit www.lakelawnresort.com or call 1-800-338-LAKE.

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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 www.chippewavalleymeetings.com • sales@chippewavalley.net 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!

Egg Harbor

Rest easy naturally Landmark Resort • Jeff Larson

7643 Hillside Rd • Egg Harbor • WI • 54209 800-273-7877 • Fax: 920-868-2569 www.thelandmarkresort.com jlarson@thelandmarkresort.com

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

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Creating exceptional meetings and memorable events.

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-, twoand 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.


Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

171 S Pioneer Rd • Fond du Lac • WI • 54935-3871 800-937-9123 Ext 76 • Fax: 920-929-6846 www.fdl.com • info@fdl.com

Discover the charm of Fond du Lac!

Area rooms: 700+ Airport: Milwaukee - 70 miles Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Stayer Center, Fairgrounds Expo Center, UW Fond du Lac Golf courses: 3

Fond du Lac is perfect for your group of 50, or a larger group, such as the National Fireworks Association Convention of 500. The Fond du Lac Area CVB can assist you with complimentary services for publicity, badges, spouse tours, registration, special programs, civic welcome and information packets. Enjoy our big city facilities and amenities at small town prices. Conveniently located between Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison for great attendance at your next meeting. Attractions: Historic Galloway House & Village, Kristmas Kringle Shoppe, Villa Loretto, Windhover Center for the Arts, Siberian Outpost, Lakeside Spirit Cruises, Children’s Museum

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Fontana/Lake Geneva

The Abbey Resort and Spa The only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva The Abbey Resort & Spa

269 Fontana Blvd • Fontana • WI • 53125 800-6-GENEVA www.theabbeyresort.com/MMGB info@theabbeyresort.com

The Abbey Resort and Spa is committed to exceeding your expectations. Our guestrooms include: • 334 luxurious guestrooms and suites Meeting space sq. ft.: • 27” LCD flat-panel televisions and high-speed internet access 42,000 • In-room refrigerators, microwaves and safes Meeting rooms: 38 • Patios and balconies Our full-service meeting facilities on the shores of Lake Geneva feature: Reception capacity: 1,100 • 90 lush acres on the shores of Lake Geneva Golf course nearby: Yes • 42,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space Onsite restaurants: 2 • High-speed wireless internet Entertainment: • State-of-the-art AV services Avani Spa • 35,000 sq. ft. all-new Avani Spa Pools (indoor and outdoor) • Multiple championship golf courses nearby Golf nearby • Protected marina, boat cruises, and water sports Water sports • On and off-site teambuilding programs and activities Bonfires Hiking trails • Uniquely themed restaurants and lounges - serving Starbucks® coffee Bike rentals When your group is not attending meetings, our experienced Abbey Team Movie nights knows just how to allocate unstructured time in a way that will keep them on Game rental (indoor and message and tuned in for a memorable event. Contact our Meetings and Events outdoor) Organized spouse and Specialists for information on teambuilding exercises in sync with your vision. children’s activities Call 800-6-GENEVA. Rooms/suites: 334/13 - 7 villas

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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 www.radisson.com/greenbaywi • shadia.cook@rhccgb.com

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 with Every Stay

• 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 Hayward

LCO Casino… it’s more than you bet on! LCO Casino Lodge & Convention Center

13767 W County Rd B • Hayward • WI • 54843 800-LCO-CASH www.lcocasino.com

Rooms/suites: 75/22 Meeting space sq. ft.: 9,200 Meeting rooms: 2 Reception capacity: 900 Golf courses nearby: 5

LCO Casino has a sensational all-you-can-eat buffet, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. All buffet meals are served with our full salad bar, which includes fresh salad vegetables, pastas, and other cold salads. All of this, plus a fine selection of heavenly desserts and your choice of beverage. The LCO Casino, Lodge & Convention Center has many options available for your next meeting or convention. Our Convention Center can accommodate up to 400 people for business meetings, seminars, conventions, or trade shows, or up to 900 people for special events.

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Whether you’re in the Northwoods area for a business retreat or to enjoy world class events, top name entertainment or a great gaming experience, LCO Lodge is a great place to spend the night.

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Janesville Janesville Area CVB • Christine Rebout

Area rooms: 760 Airport: Dane County Regional - 40 miles Meeting facilities: Best Western Janesville, Holiday Inn Express & Janesville Conference Center, Pontiac Convention Center, Rotary Janesville… Wisconsin’s Park Place… Wisconsin’s Meeting Place Botanical Gardens

20 S Main St, Ste #17 • Janesville • WI • 53545 800-48-PARKS • Fax: 608-754-2115 www.janesvillecvb.com • jvlcvb@jvlnet.com

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, Janesville Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Tallman House, Rock Aqua Jays Waterski Show, Rotary Botanical Gardens and 13 golf courses

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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 www.KenoshaCVB.com • dgoodwin@kenoshacvb.com

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Area rooms: 1,098 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, UWParkside, 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, Dairyland Greyhound Park, Lake Michigan Charter Fishing, Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars, Kenosha HarborMarket, Historic Lighthouses, Kenosha History Center

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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, 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.

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Lake Geneva

Stay at this Lake Geneva, Wisconsin hotel situated on the shores of the beautiful Geneva Lake. Best Western Harbor Shores • Shelley Vos

300 Wrigley Dr • Lake Geneva • WI • 53147 262-248-9181 • Fax: 262-248-1885 www.bestwestern.com/harborshores

Rooms/suites: 107 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,300 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

The Best Western Harbor Shores offers 5,300 sq. ft. of flexible and professional state-of-the-art conference capabilities to accommodate up to 250 guests. Each meeting room is equipped to handle most audio/visual needs and rooms feature individual climate controls. All meeting rooms also have wireless high-speed internet access. Best Western has the ability to host anything from golf outing hospitality rooms, smaller weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, and family retreats to Red Hat Society gatherings, large scrapbooking events, and catering to large corporate meetings in need of catering and breakout sessions. If our dates are open to accommodate your group we will do everything we can to meet your every request. All of our meeting rooms can be securely locked if requested. Conference Services: • Catering for all occasions, from break-outs to coffee and donuts to large buffets • Complete on-site services to help with all requests • Audio/visual equipment available • Discounted rates for groups using hotel rooms and banquet facilities

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Classic Lakeside Retreat Directly On The Shores of Geneva Lake The Geneva Inn

N2009 S Lake Shore Dr • Lake Geneva • WI • 53147 800-441-5881 • Fax: 262-248-5685 www.genevainn.com • luxury@genevainn.com

Rooms/suites: 37 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,000 Meeting rooms: 2 Reception capacity: 120 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

Experience distinctive European charm and classic lakeside luxury at The Geneva Inn nestled directly on the shores of Geneva Lake. Discover a relaxed style of comfort and quiet seclusion in the peaceful atmosphere of this traditional English inn - the ideal setting for small meetings, special company functions, corporate board meetings or group outings. The Geneva Inn is completely smoke-free and features 37 spacious guestrooms and tastefully furnished suites. Special amenities include private balconies, whirlpool or vintage baths, thick fluffy bathrobes, free wireless Internet access, chocolates at bedtime, free weekday newspaper delivery and complimentary, continental buffet breakfast. The Grandview Restaurant will artfully cater your coffee breaks, luncheons, cocktail parties and formal banquets. Enjoy our private pier, exercise facility, or mingle with colleagues by the fire in our three-story atrium. Take in a spectacular sunset from our landscaped terrace and patio.

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Lake cruises, sightseeing tours and fishing trips depart daily from downtown Lake Geneva. The Lake Geneva area offers endless opportunity for golf, sports, group activities, recreation and entertainment. Rejuvenate, indulge and delight in our gracious hospitality. Discover The Geneva Inn.

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Minnesuing Acres Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin Minnesuing Acres • Tami LaPole Edmunds

8084 S Minnesuing Acres Dr Lake Nebagamon • WI • 54849 218-727-1328 • Fax: 715-374-2118 www.minnesuingacres.com • tlapole@radisson.com

Rooms/suites: 39 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,500 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, pitchand-putt golf course, tennis, boating, kayaking, cross-country 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.

Madison

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 3942 or 608-441-3942 • Fax: 608-258-4950 www.visitmadison.com • thering@visitmadison.com

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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.

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Great Center - Great City Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center • Shirley Kaltenberg 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way Madison • WI • 53713 608-267-1549 • Fax: 608-267-0146 www.alliantenergycenter.com kaltenberg@alliantenergycenter.com

Exhibition Hall Adjacent hotels: Clarion Suites Sheraton Madison Hotel Holiday Inn Express Rooms/suites: 504 adjacent Meeting space: 1,00010,000 people Reception space: 10-10,000 people Meeting rooms: 14 Largest room sq. ft.: 100,000

The Alliant Energy Center is an award-winning prime venue located just minutes from downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Sitting upon 164 acres, The Center is a multi-building complex featuring the 255,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Hall, the 10,000-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the 29-acre outdoor venue Willow Island and the 22,000 sq. ft. Arena. With the versatility of space, the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall is a top choice for conventions, conferences, meetings, banquets and much more. Exhibition Hall is ideal for meetings of all sizes, offering 14 meeting rooms and 150,000 sq. ft. of event space. Veterans Memorial Coliseum is perfect for large assemblies with 10,000 comfortable padded seats and luxury suites. All events take advantage of on-site amenities including ample parking, catering by Centerplate, a full range of A/V equipment, high-speed internet and an experienced staff. The award-winning Clarion Suites Hotel is directly attached to Exhibition Hall through a climate-controlled walkway.

Onsite: Event planners, Whether you’re planning a meeting for 12 or an elaborate banquet for 10,000, Centerplate catering, the Alliant Energy Center offers the flexibility and functionality to make your decorating, audiovisual setup, 5,800 parking spaces event one you’ll never forget.

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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 www.mononaterrace.com • thering@visitmadison.com

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. Monona Terrace is the first convention center in the nation to be LEED-EB certified at the Silver Level as a “green” building. Monona Terrace earned this prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings program (LEED-EB). 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

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Manitowoc Manitowoc Area VCB • Kathleen Galas, President

PO Box 966 • Manitowoc • WI • 54221-0966 800-627-4896 www.manitowoc.info • kgalas@manitowoc.info

Dive into Maritime History - Manitowoc-Two Rivers

Rooms/suites: 1,000 Major meeting facilities: Manitowoc County Expo and Ice Center, Holiday Inn, Best Western Lakefront Hotel, Lighthouse Inn, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Capitol Civic Centre

Put in at the ports of Manitowoc-Two Rivers where maritime history was made! Relax after your meeting with a walk or jog along Mariners Trail, six miles of spectacular lakeshore between our two Port Cities, or tour our World War II Submarine, the USS Cobia. Your group will enjoy an event available only in Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol. Ideally harbored along Lake Michigan on Interstate 43 and Highway 42, we’re just 60 minutes from Door County, 70 minutes from Milwaukee, and 40 minutes from Green Bay. Attractions: Nationally acclaimed golf courses, Mariners Trail along Lake Michigan, Historic Downtowns, USS Cobia WWII Submarine, Pinecrest Historical Village, S.S. Badger Carferry, sportfishing charters, miles of scenic lakefront and Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae

Manitowoc Holiday Inn – Manitowoc • Kerry Junk

4601 Calumet Ave • Manitowoc • WI • 54220 920-682-6000 • Fax: 920-682-0301 www.holidayinn.com/manitowocwi holidayinn@lakefield.net

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 is Manitowoc’s Premier Hotel and Convention Facility located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan just off I–43, Exit 149. This dramatic, contemporary sky-lit 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, Pine River Dairy, Rahr-West Art Museum, Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Milwaukee

Entertainment, Celebration and Fun! VISIT Milwaukee • Mia Brondyke, Director of Sales

648 N Plankinton Ave, Ste 425 Milwaukee • WI • 53203 800-231-0903 • Fax: 414-273-3559 www.visitmilwaukee.org • mbrondyke@milwaukee.org

Area rooms: 13,000 Major meeting facilities: Milwaukee Art Museum, Miller Park, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Public Market, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Miller Brewing Company, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Attractions: Midwest Airlines Center, U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee Theatre

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From its state-of-the-art convention center campus to some of the most distinctive venues found the world over, Milwaukee is set apart from other destinations by the depth and breadth of its meeting and event facility options. Whether you are looking for a traditional space in which to hold your event or for something completely outside the box, this city provides you with an original solution to your meeting needs. Milwaukee’s convention center campus is made up of three unique venues located in the heart of downtown. The primary venue, The Midwest Airlines Center, includes a 37,506 sq. ft. ballroom, 28 first floor and mezzanine level meeting rooms and a 188,695 sq. ft. exhibit hall. The 4,100-seat Milwaukee Theatre and recently renovated U.S. Cellular Arena round out the facilities. The city has recently welcomed several new attractions to its skyline, many that offer memorable special event and meeting space. The most recent to join this lineup is the Harley-Davidson Museum. This facility has the perfect indoor or outdoor space for groups of all sizes, from an intimate gathering for 20 to a blowout for 15,000. The Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, both located on the shores of Lake Michigan, offer breath-taking views to complement their options for meeting planners. These three highlighted venues only scratch the surface of what we have to offer. Milwaukee’s off-site meeting venues are as interesting and diverse as the city itself. Regardless of size, budget or area of interest, we have a space that is sure to make an impression on any group.

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Neenah

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 www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com jdorgan@bridgewoodresorthotel.com

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 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 2008 Best Western “Best of the Best” Award for Quality.

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Neenah Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk • Erin Karas, Catering Manager 123 E Wisconsin Ave • Neenah • WI • 54956 800-725-6348 or 920-725-8441 • Fax: 920-725-4387 www.hineenah.com • sales@hineenah.com

The Character. The Charm. Downtown Neenah.

Rooms/suites: 107/2 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 450 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 450, our staff delivers friendly service and value. Highspeed Internet everywhere! 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!

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Onalaska

Onalaska - It’s Naturally the Place to Meet. Onalaska Tourism Commission • Jean Lunde

1101 Main St • Onalaska • WI • 54650 800-873-1901 • Fax: 608-781-9572 www.discoveronalaska.com • info@discoveronalaska.com Onalaska Features: Incredible bluff-top views Scenic driving tours Great River State Trail La Crosse River State Trail Lake Onalaska - boating and fishing Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Meeting venues up to 28,000 sq. ft. Exhibit/Conference facilities up to 50,000 sq. ft. Easy access - Located right on I-90 Home to La Crosse Municipal Airport (LSE)

Onalaska is conveniently located just off I-90 between Chicago and the Twin Cities along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, one mile north of La Crosse. Lake Onalaska and the Mississippi River provide towering bluffs and beautiful waterscapes. More than 101 miles of interconnected state trails and several recreational areas offer bicycling, fishing, boating, bird watching and relaxation to visitors and residents alike. Exceptional natural resources are complimented by the largest retail district in a nine-county region. Nearby La Crosse offers a variety of cultural events, live performances and arts-related attractions. This combination of recreation and attractions makes Onalaska a favorite destination for meetings and gatherings. Onalaska boasts top-notch meeting and convention facilities as well as a number of excellent lodging options to accommodate a wide range of group sizes. Multiple venues provide an array of choices for meeting planners. The state-of-the-art Onalaska OmniCenter consists of two arenas totaling more than 50,000 square feet which can be divided to support smaller events. Learn more about great Meetings on the Mississippi in Onalaska - visit www.discoveronalaska.com or call 1-800-873-1901.

Oshkosh

For the Perfect Event - Just Add Water Oshkosh CVB • Diane Meyer

2401 W Waukau Ave • Oshkosh • WI • 54904 877-303-9200 • Fax: 920-303-9294 www.visitoshkosh.com • diane@visitoshkosh.com Area rooms: Over 1,000 Largest meeting space: 25,000 sq. ft. Largest exhibit facility: 35,000 sq. ft.

The year 2009 is an exciting time for us. After a $2.8 million renovation, the Oshkosh Convention Center is ready for you! Located on the banks of the Fox River in downtown Oshkosh, the view complements the 18,500 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. When it comes to planning, the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau team is at YOUR service. Now is the time, contact us today for more information, or visit us online at www.visitoshkosh.com!

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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

Oshkosh IS on the water and centrally located in Wisconsin, making us more than perfect as your next meeting destination. Equipped with a range of unique, affordable and flexible venues, Oshkosh is ready to host your next event.

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Sheboygan Holiday Inn Express – Sheboygan/Kohler

3823 Germaine Ave • Sheboygan • WI • 53081 800-405-4329 • Phone/Fax: 920-451-8700 www.hiexpress.com/sheboyganwi • sbmwi@prideshospitality.com

Newly Renovated 2009

Rooms/suites: 91/8 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,157 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 70 Golf course nearby: Yes

The Holiday Inn Express Sheboygan/Kohler is conveniently located off Interstate 43, an hour drive from Milwaukee or Green Bay. We are only minutes away from Wisconsin’s most popular golf courses, The Bull, Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits. Our meeting facilities can accommodate a moderate sized group. Make your meeting a success when you meet in our newly renovated and additional meeting space. We can offer free High Speed Wireless Internet and will provide food and beverages or any necessary audio visual equipment to make your function a success. Attractions: Road America/Elkhart Lake, Black Wolf Run & Whistling Straits Golf Courses, Kohler Design Center, Lake Michigan, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Old Wade House, Sheboygan County Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and more

Siren The Lodge at Crooked Lake • Steve Rohde

24271 State Rd 35N • Siren • WI • 54872 715-349-2500 • Fax: 715-349-2554 www.mylodge.com • steverohde@sirentel.net

Stay Once… You’re Hooked

Rooms/suites: 60/7 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,000 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 300 Golf courses nearby: 4 Onsite restaurant: 1

The Lodge at Crooked Lake Hotel & Conference Center offers the perfect accommodations in a most unique setting. One of Northwest Wisconsin’s premier resort destinations, The Lodge offers luxurious rooms and suites, along with 6,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. Any size meeting or conference from ten to 300 attendees can be tailored to your exact need. Our professional sales staff can walk you through from start to finish. We are located within The Lodge Village which includes Adventures Restaurant & Pub, The Shops at The Lodge including Nouveau Day Spa and Salon, Timbers Theatre and much more… Let us do all the work - while you get all the credit. Attractions: Gandy Dancer Trail, other trails, canoe, kayak, pontoon and fishing boat rental, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, golf courses, horseback riding, antique/gift shops, Folle Avoine Historical Park, casino, Crooked Lake, Executive Obstacle Course, cookouts

Stevens Point

Convention Central Stevens Point CVB • Sara Brish, DOSM

340 Division St N • Stevens Point • WI • 54481 800-236-4636 Ext 12 • Fax: 715-344-5818 www.conventioncentral.org • sara@stevenspointarea.com

Stevens Point/Plover is located smack dab in the middle of Wisconsin so you don’t have to drive hours and hours to get to one of the best meeting, convention and retreat destinations in the Midwest. The Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau staff is ready to assist convention planners and delegates with convention services and leisure activities. We fulfill all your meeting and convention needs, whether it be providing facility information and availability of dates or a formal presentation inviting your organization to the area. The Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to assist you in planning your next event in the area. Call for your Convention Central Meeting Planning Kit! We now have streaming video of our meeting facilities online.

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Area hotel rooms: 1,525 Entertainment nearby: 3 golf courses, an abundance of green space and waterways for outdoor recreationalists to bike, hike, canoe, fish, bird watch and cross-country ski. Shop historic downtown Stevens Point, take a tour of the Stevens Point Brewery, enjoy family time at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum and explore museums and art galleries Meeting facilities: Ramada Hotel Conference & Convention Center, nearly 35,000 sq. ft., 295 guestrooms; Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, nearly 30,000 sq. ft., 147 guestrooms; SentryWorld Sports Center, over 55,000 sq. ft., no guestrooms onsite (nearly 700 within 1 mile)

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Stevens Point Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Stevens Point Christine Charewicz

Rooms/suites: 199 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000 Meeting rooms: 15 Total sq. ft.: 35,000 Reception capacity: 1,000 Onsite restaurant: 1 Wisconsin’s Premier full service convention center. Golf courses nearby: 2 Conveniently located in central Wisconsin to serve all your convention/meeting needs. Holiday Inn & Convention Center Stevens Point features 199 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. 1001 Amber Ave • Stevens Point • WI • 54481 715-344-0200 • Fax: 715-344-0202 www.ichotelsgroup.com • ccharewicz@bmghotels.com

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

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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 www.bridgeportresort.net • stay@bridgeportresort.net

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.

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Superior

Escape to the Island! Barkers Island Inn Resort & Conference Center • Charlie Johnson

300 Marina Dr • Superior • WI • 54880 800-344-7515 • 715-392-7152 • Fax: 715-392-1180 www.barkersislandinn.com • cjohnson@barkersislandinn.com

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.

Tomah

Cranberry Country Tomah CVB

901 Kilbourn Ave • Tomah • WI • 54660 608-372-2166 www.tomahwisconsin.com • kmurray@tomahwisconsin.com

Crossroads convenience! Area rooms: 600 Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Yes

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Tomah’s location is midway between the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, where the state’s interstate system (I-90 and I-94) divides. We know that convenience and the continued comfort of your attendees and guests is important. We will assist you with all the last-minute details to make sure your arrival and stay in Tomah is exactly what you planned it to be. Tomah boasts small town charm with plenty of shopping, including antiques, Amish and cranberry goods, attractions, over 600 motel rooms, entertainment opportunities, three golf courses and quaint restaurants to explore throughout the area. Tomah is truly Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country and a great place to plan your next meeting or conference in West-Central Wisconsin.

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Waukesha

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 www.visitwaukesha.org • Victoria@visitwaukesha.org Area rooms: 1,000

Waukesha & Pewaukee are conveniently located in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, between Madison and Milwaukee and easily accessible from I-94 and I-43. Personalized service, quality, and affordability are what we offer in our suburban location. Offering 100,000 sq. ft. of affordable meeting space including a flexible Major meeting facilities: Grand Ballroom, Executive Learning Centers for training sessions, tradeshow The Clarke Hotel Country Springs Hotel exhibit space, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired spaces and luxuriously intimate Water Park Conference meeting rooms set in the historic downtown. In addition, select from over 1,000 Center Milwaukee Marriott West sleeping rooms from budget, luxury and water park! Parking is complimentary Radisson Milwaukeeat all facilities. Pewaukee Within minutes of our meeting facilities is a lively arts community, historic downtown specialty shopping, golf courses, historic attractions, lakeside dining Attractions: Mason Creek Winery, Old selections, a winery tour and nightlife options for all. Many of our attractions are World Wisconsin, Ten available for receptions and dinners. Chimneys Let our experienced staff assist with 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. Nearest airport: General Mitchell International - 20 miles

Waupaca Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel • Erin Helgeson

110 Grand Seasons Dr • Waupaca • WI • 54981 715-258-9212 • Fax: 715-258-4294 www.bestwesternwaupaca.com erin@bestwesternwaupaca.com

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! Rooms/suites: 90

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Wausau

We Can Draw a Crowd! Wausau/Central Wisconsin CVB

10204 Park Plaza, Ste B • Rothschild • WI • 54474 888-948-4748 • Fax: 715-359-2306 www.visitwausau.com • meetings@visitwausau.com Area rooms: 2,200 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 go online at www.visitwausau.com.

Wausau/Central Wisconsin is… Kronenwetter • Mosinee • Rib Mountain • Rothschild • Schofield • Wausau • Weston Wausau

Full-Service Boutique Hotel Banquet 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 www.jeffersonstreetinn.com • gm@jeffersonstreetinn.com

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 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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Wisconsin Dells Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness • Shannon Timmerman

PO Box 830 • 45 Hillman Rd • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 800-867-WILD www.glaciercanyonlodge.com • sales@wildernessresort.com

America’s Largest Waterpark Resort

Rooms/suites: 1,151 rooms/ condos/cabins/vacation villas Meeting space sq. ft.: 58,736 Meeting rooms: 30 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf course onsite: 27 holes Onsite restaurants: Yes

Your next event is sure to be a hit at Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center, the newest addition to the Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells. This 55,561 sq. ft. state-of-the art facility features a beautiful interior, outdoor patio, 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 Wild Rock Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course. Wilderness Territory also has four indoor waterparks and three outdoor waterparks, a dry foam play area, mega arcade, lazer tag, rock climbing, miniature golf, the WildKids Club, snow tubing, horse-drawn wagon rides, paint your own pottery, Cuddle Buddies build your own stuffed animal, and onsite Duck ride pickups.

Wisconsin Dells Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center • Shirley Lewandowski PO Box 296 • Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 800-648-4765 Ext 3 • 608-254-1510 • Fax: 608-254-1560 www.wintergreen-resort.com • sales@wintergreen-resort.com

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 I-90/94 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.

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Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB

841 Goodnow Ave, Ste 103 Wisconsin Rapids • WI • 54494 800-554-4484 • Fax: 715-422-4655 www.visitwisrapids.com • info@visitwisrapids.com

Meetings in the Heart of Wisconsin

Area rooms: 500+ 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.

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