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Destination Index.................................. 02 Table of Contents Why Meet: The Value of Meetings ......................................... 08 By the Numbers: Economic Impact of Meetings ........................... 10 More Meetings Planned for 2012 .... 12 Firing Up for 2012 Meetings Business ............................. 14 Five Interesting, Uplifting Facts Related to Events .............................. 16 Survey Says: Economy Impacting 2012 Incentive Trends ...................... 18 Meetings Industry Associations and Organizations..................................... 19 Thought Leaders: The Industry Blogosphere ....................................... 20 Improving Education and Increasing Involvement .................... 22 Destinations Multi-state Hotels ............................... 23 Illinois..................................................... 24 Indiana ................................................... 44 Iowa........................................................ 56 Kansas .................................................... 72 Michigan ................................................ 84 Minnesota ............................................. 98 Missouri ...............................................116 Nebraska .............................................126 North Dakota ....................................140 Ohio .....................................................148 South Dakota .....................................160 Wisconsin ...........................................172 1


Multi-state Hotels ........................ 23 Venerts Management, LLC .................................................. 23

Illinois ................................. 24 Aurora Area CVB .................................................................. 28 Bloomington-Normal Area CVB ....................................... 29 Burr Ridge Hotels ................................................................. 29 Champaign County CVB ..................................................... 30 Chicago North Suburbs CVB ............................................. 41 Chicago Southland CVB ...................................................... 33 Chicago’s North Shore CVB .............................................. 32 Decatur Conference Center & Hotel .............................. 35 DeKalb County CVB ............................................................ 36 Downers Grove VB............................................................... 36 DuPage County CVB............................................................ 37 Effingham CVB ....................................................................... 37 Galesburg Area CVB ............................................................ 38 Gateway Center .................................................................... 34

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora ............................................ 28 Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Deer Park ..................... 35 Heritage Corridor CVB....................................................... 41 Jacksonville Area CVB .......................................................... 38 Kankakee County CVB ........................................................ 39 Lisle CVB................................................................................. 39 Midwest Conference Center.............................................. 40 Navy Pier................................................................................. 31 Oakbrook Terrace Hotels ................................................... 40 Shoreline Charters ............................................................... 31 Springfield CVB...................................................................... 42 Starved Rock Lodge ............................................................. 42 Willowbrook Hotels ............................................................ 43 Woodfield Chicago Northwest CB .................................. 43

Indiana ................................ 44 Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center ........ 49 Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa ............................................ 53 Brown County CVB ............................................................... 54 Century Center....................................................................... 55 Grand Wayne Convention Center ...................................... 51 Hamilton County CVB........................................................... 50 Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB ........................................... 52 Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center............. 49 Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza and Star Plaza Theatre ...... 53 Salt Creek Golf Retreat ......................................................... 54 Steuben County Tourism Bureau......................................... 48 Swan Lake Resort ................................................................... 55 Visit Fort Wayne CVB ............................................................ 51


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Iowa .................................... 56 Boulders Conference Center............................................. 65 Greater Burlington CVB ..................................................... 61 Clay County Regional Events Center ............................... 70 Clear Lake CVB ..................................................................... 62 Comfort Suites ...................................................................... 61 Council Bluffs CVB ............................................................... 63 Greater Des Moines CVB ................................................... 66 Diamond Jo Casino............................................................... 67 Grand River Center ............................................................. 67 Hotel Blackhawk ................................................................... 65 Hotel Julien Dubuque........................................................... 68 Hotel Pattee ........................................................................... 70 Howard Johnson Hotel........................................................ 61 The Inn at Okoboji ............................................................... 69 Iowa City Coralville Area CVB .......................................... 63 Iowa Events Center .............................................................. 66 LeMars CVB ........................................................................... 68 Marshalltown CVB ................................................................ 69 Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel ........................................... 71 Okoboji Tourism Committee ............................................. 69 Pella CVB ................................................................................ 70 Pzazz Entertainment Complex........................................... 62 Quad Cities Event Center .................................................. 64 Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center and Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf................................... 60 RiverCenter/Adler Theatre ................................................. 64 Waterloo CVB ....................................................................... 71

Kansas ................................. 72 Crawford County CVB ........................................................ 80 Dodge City CVB ................................................................... 76 DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport ............................ 83 Emporia CVB ......................................................................... 77 Geary County CVB .............................................................. 78 Go Wichita CVB.................................................................... 83 Hays CVB ................................................................................ 77 Kansas City Kansas CVB ..................................................... 78 Manhattan Kansas CVB ...............................................IFC, 79 McPherson CVB .................................................................... 80 Olathe C of C/CVB .............................................................. 80 Salina Bicentennial Center .................................................. 81 Visit Salina ............................................................................... 81 Visit Topeka Inc. ..................................................................... 82



Michigan ............................. 84 Amway Grand Plaza Hotel .................................................. 89 Bay Mills Resort & Casinos ................................................. 88 Bay Pointe Inn Lakefront Resort ....................................... 95 Bayshore Resort .................................................................... 96 Clarion Hotel ......................................................................... 91 Discover Kalamazoo ............................................................ 91 Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center.......... 88 Holiday Inn - West Bay Traverse City ............................... 96 The Inn at St. John’s .............................................................. 95 JW Marriott Grand Rapids ................................................. 89 Lansing Center....................................................................... 92 Greater Lansing CVB ........................................................... 92 Little River Casino Resort .................................................. 93 MotorCity Casino Hotel ..................................................... 88 Muskegon County CVB ....................................................... 93 Prince Conference Center.................................................. 90 Radisson Grand Rapids Riverfront Hotel ........................ 90 Stafford’s Bay View Inn ......................................................... 94 Stafford’s Perry Hotel........................................................... 94 Ypsilanti Area CVB ............................................................... 97

Minnesota ........................... 98 Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center............... 102 Austin CVB ........................................................................... 103 Burnsville CVB ..................................................................... 104 Carondelet Center ............................................................. 112 Discover St. Louis Park ...................................................... 111 Eagan CVB ............................................................................ 105 Fair Hills Resort & Wildflower Golf Course ................ 105 Fortune Bay Resort Casino .............................................. 114 Grand Portage Lodge & Casino....................................... 106 Hampton Inn & Suites Bemidji ......................................... 104 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis............................................... 108 Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel ......................................... 109 Greater Mankato CVB ....................................................... 108 Odyssey Resorts of Minnesota ........................................ 102 Owatonna Area C of C & Tourism.................................. 109 Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort ............................................ 107 Red Wing VCB ..................................................................... 110 Shakopee CVB ..................................................................... 110 St. Cloud Area CVB ............................................................ 111 Stillwater/Oak Park Heights CVB ...............113, BC, BCW Student Unions & Activities .............................................. 112 Super 8 Baxter ..................................................................... 106 Super 8 Grand Rapids ........................................................ 106 Timberlake Lodge & Grand Splash Waterpark............. 106 Visit Bemidji.......................................................................... 103 Visit Lakeville ........................................................................ 107 Visit Winona ......................................................................... 115 Willmar Lakes Area CVB................................................... 115


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Missouri ............................ 116 Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center .................120 Branson Lakes Area CVB ................................................................120 Columbia CVB ...................................................................................121 Drury Hotels......................................................................................125 Hannibal CVB.....................................................................................122 Lake of the Ozarks CVB .................................................................123 Lebanon CVB .....................................................................................122 Springfield CVB..................................................................................124 Greater Saint Charles CVB ............................................................124 St. Joseph CVB ...................................................................................125 Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark......123 Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center ...............................125 YMCA Trout Lodge ..........................................................................123

Nebraska ...................126 Columbus/Platte County CVB ......................................... 131 Gering CVB .......................................................................... 131 Grand Island/Hall County CVB........................................ 133 Hastings/Adams County CVB .......................................... 133 Heartland Events Center/Fonner Park .......................... 132 Holiday Inn & Convention Center .................................. 135 Horizon Inn & Suites .......................................................... 139 Kearney VB............................................................................ 134 Lied Lodge & Conference Center ................................... 136 Lincoln CVB ......................................................................... 135 Nebraska Association of CVBs ........................................ 130 Nielsen Community Center ............................................. 139 North Platte/Lincoln County CVB ................................. 136 Omaha CVB ......................................................................... 137 Ramada .................................................................................. 134 Sarpy County CVB.............................................................. 133 Scotts Bluff County Tourism ............................................. 137 Sidney/Cheyenne County CVB ........................................ 138 South Sioux City/Dakota County CVB .......................... 138 York County VB ................................................................... 139 Younes Conference Center .............................................. 134



North Dakota .................. 140

Bismarck-Mandan CVB ...................................................... 144 Dickinson CVB .................................................................... 145 Fargo-Moorhead CVB ........................................................ 145 Jamestown Civic Center/CVB.......................................... 146 Rough Riders Hotel and Conference Center............... 147 Williston CVB ...................................................................... 147

Ohio ........................... 148 Akron/Summit County CVB............................................. 152 Bowling Green CVB ........................................................... 153 Cincinnati Museum Center............................................... 153 Clinton County CVB .......................................................... 154 East Liverpool Tourism Bureau ........................................ 156 Grove City Area VCB ......................................................... 156 LACENTRE™ Conference & Banquet Facility............. 159 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center ............... 157 Marietta-Washington County CVB................................. 157 Miami County VCB ............................................................. 159 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ..................... 154 Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls........................... 155 Greater Springfield CVB ................................................... 158


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South Dakota ................... 160 Aberdeen Area CVB ........................................................... 164 Bridges Conference Center/Cedar Shore Resort ....... 166 Brookings Area CVB........................................................... 165 Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center ............... 169 Deadwood C of C & CVB ................................................ 166 Highland Conference Center ........................................... 168 Huron CVB/Huron Event Center ................................... 167 Mitchell CVB ........................................................................ 168 Pierre Area CVB .................................................................. 169 Sioux Falls CVB ........................................................FCW, 170 Swiftel Center ...................................................................... 165 Watertown CVB ................................................................. 171

Wisconsin ......................... 172 The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa .............................180 Alliant Energy Center/Exhibition Hall .................183 Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center ..............................188 Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin ......................176 Brookfield CVB ........................................................178 Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center ..............................................178 Door County VB ......................................................190 Fox Cities CVB .........................................................177 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness...........192 Holiday Inn & Convention Center Stevens Point ...........................................189 Janesville Area CVB..................................................180 Jefferson Street Inn ..................................................191 Kenosha Area CVB ..................................................181 Landmark Resort .....................................................179 Greater Madison CVB ............................................182

Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center ..............................................185 Manitowoc Area VCB ..............................................184 Menominee Casino Resort ....................................181 Middleton Tourism ...................................................184 Milwaukee County War Memorial Center .........187 Minocqua Area C of C ............................................187 Monona Terrace速 Convention Center ................182 Port Washington Tourism Council .......................188 Potawatomi Bingo Casino ......................................186 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel ..................................177 Real Racine ................................................................188 The Patriot Center ..................................................189 Tomah CVB ...............................................................190 Visit Eau Claire .........................................................179 Wisconsin Dells VCB ..............................................191 Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB .................................192


from Meetings Mean Business -

• When business meetings and events are cancelled, it’s the hourly-wage workers - not corporate CEOs - who pay the highest price. • Meetings, events, and performance incentive travel in the United States are responsible for almost 15% of all domestic travel. • Generating more than 1 million jobs and $27 billion in wages, meetings and events can provide a solution to our economic woes. Meetings and events support local communities and working families around the country - something we cannot afford to overlook as we rebuild our economy. • Meetings and events are valuable tools for U.S. businesses. Meetings and events drive business growth by 8

fostering collaboration, idea-sharing and generation, and employee retention. • Incentive programs have been shown to be two to three times more effective than cash at motivating employee performance. • Fortune 1,000 Chief Marketing Officers say that meetings and events provide the highest return on investment of any marketing channel. • 87% of Americans who have attended an out-of-town meeting or convention for work say it is important to running a strong business. • 87% of Americans say that encouraging people to travel recreationally within the U.S. could improve the country’s economic landscape. • Good managers encourage the professional growth of employees, and

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employers must make sound investments in key staff in order to retain top talent and secure the bottom line. Far from being a perk reserved for executives, meeting and performance incentive travel provides valuable development and networking opportunities for employees at all levels. • Non-cash incentives are two to three times more effective at motivating employee performance, and companies spend less on incentive travel than on cash compensation to achieve exceptional productivity from employees. • Meetings and events are strategic tools that deepen employee relationships and contribute to the overall health of companies. A 5% increase in employee retention can generate a 25% to 85% increase in profitability. • Companies with satisfied employees generate better overall returns in the stock market, with firms on the list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” generating up to five times as much return as their competitors. “Tradeshows, conventions, and corporate gatherings - and the business travelers they attract - fill airline seats, hotel rooms, and restaurants, and bring customers to local merchants and service providers. These tourism jobs provide a living for millions of hard-working men and women who make the tourism industry one of America’s largest economic sectors.” -U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley “Tough times are a great time to renew trust. When customers and employees see the leadership team standing front and center and delivering the message, it demonstrates that management cares about them and considers them essential

to weathering the storm. Canceling such meetings, except when there are no other alternatives, sends the message that employees, and even vendors and customers, are expendable.” -John Baldoni, author/publisher, Harvard Business Publishing’s Leadership Matters “Meetings and events are essential to motivating sales forces, rewarding high performers, and attracting top talent. Meetings and events are responsible for 15% of all travel in America, create more than $100 billion in spending annually, generate millions of American jobs, and provide $16 billion in tax revenue. The travel and tourism industry is made up of a lot of mom-and-pop operations and low-income earners who don’t have the resources to combat a prolonged recession. We should be thinking of ways to help this industry, not undermine it.” -Tom Donohue, president/CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Meetings and events are not the problem; they are part of the solution to re-energize our economy and protect jobs and communities everywhere.” -Bruce MacMillan, president/CEO, Meeting Professionals International “Motivational events that reward and recognize top performers are just as important in tough economic times, if not more so, than in good. Utilized properly (and sensitively), these events can literally help companies increase sales and profits and help retain their very best people.” -Brenda Anderson, CEO, Society of Incentive Travel Executives “Travel is a great economic stimulus. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t say we want to create jobs and stimulate the economy and, at the same time, discourage people from traveling.” -Bill Marriott, chairman/CEO, Marriott International 9

from Convention Industry Council

1.8 million corporate and business meetings, tradeshows, conventions, congresses, incentive events, and other meetings take place in the United States, resulting in: • $263 billion in spending • 1.7 million U.S. jobs • $106 billion contribution to GDP • $14.3 billion federal tax revenue • $11.3 billion state and local tax revenue • $60 billion in U.S. labor income

Including direct spending and multiplier effects (indirect/suppliers and induced/other attendee spending): • $907 billion in total U.S. economic activity • 6.3 million U.S. jobs • $458 billion contribution to GDP • $64 billion federal tax revenue • $46 billion state and local tax revenue • $271 billion in labor income 10

• 205 million attendees participate in the nation’s 1.8 million conventions, conferences, congresses, tradeshows and exhibitions, incentive events and corporate/business meetings • Of the 1.8 million meetings, 1.3 million are classified as corporate or business meetings • 85% of meetings are conducted at venues with lodging • The 1.8 million meetings generate 250 million room nights/overnight stays • Of the 205 million attendees, 117 million are domestic attendees who

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travel more than 50 miles or stay overnight, 83 million travel less than 50 miles or do not stay overnight, and 5 million are international travelers • Of the 205 million attendees, 162 million are delegates, 18 million are exhibitors, and 25 million are others, including event organizers, staff, press, etc. • The meetings industry contributes $263 billion in direct spending to the U.S. economy • Of the $263 billion, $151 billion is meeting planning and production related • Of the $263 billion, $113 billion is travel and tourism related • The $113 billion in travel and tourism spending is 16% of the $708 billion travel and tourism sector in the U.S. • Delegates, exhibitors, and other attendees spend $145 billion on attendance-related items, the majority (46%) on registration fees, accommodations (17%), and food and beverage (13%); other industries supported include air transportation (9%), retail (3%), gasoline (3%), entertainment/recreation (3%), car rental (3%), and urban transit (1%)

• The meetings industry’s direct contributions to GDP are $106 billion • Meetings’ $106 billion contribution to the U.S. GDP is greater than, for example, auto manufacturing ($78 billion), performing arts/spectator sports/museums ($71 billion), and information and data processing services ($76 billion) • Combined direct, indirect, and induced effects of the meeting industry to GDP

total $458 billion

• 1.7 million U.S. jobs are directly supported by the meetings industry • $60 billion in U.S. labor income is directly generated by the meetings industry • Direct employment contributed is more than, for example, broadcasting and telecommunications (1.3 million), truck and rail transportation (1.5 million), and computer systems design and related services (1.4 million) • Direct employment supports the meetings industry (organizers, venues) as well as tourism industries such as food and beverage, accommodation, transportation, recreation/ entertainment, retail, travel services, and more • Combined direct, indirect, and induced effects of the meetings industry support 6.3 million U.S. jobs • Combined direct, indirect, and induced effects of the meetings industry result in $271 billion in U.S. labor income

• $14.3 billion in federal tax revenue is directly generated by the meetings industry • Combined direct, indirect, and induced effects of the meetings industry result in $64 billion in federal tax revenue • $11.3 billion in state and local tax revenue is directly generated by the meetings industry • Combined direct, indirect, and induced effects of the meetings industry result in $46 billion in state and local tax revenue For more information, visit 11

from American Express Meetings & Events

Meetings demand in 2012 appears to be on the rise, according to a recent survey and in-depth interviews of meeting experts, including planners, buyers, and hotel suppliers based around the world, conducted by American Express Meetings & Events. Of the meeting planners surveyed, 42% of North American respondents see signs of increased activity from their clients. Additionally, 60% of meeting suppliers also expect the number of meetings planned to increase. Higher travel and meeting costs are anticipated, driving the need for companies to focus on striking the right balance of cost effectiveness and experience impact when selecting venues.

Insight from both meeting planners and 12

hoteliers worldwide sheds light on general characteristics of meetings this year that companies and organizations can use to get the maximum return on investment of each gathering. Notably, companies are continuing to support meetings and are projected to increase overall meeting budgets, while the spending for individual meetings is expected to decrease or stay flat compared to 2011. According to the survey, one third (33%) of hoteliers surveyed expect decreasing budgets per individual meeting, while only 7% expect increases.

• Shorter and smaller. The number of attendees per meeting will likely decrease as will the number of days, according to 40% and 33% of hotel

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suppliers respectively. Driving this trend is a demand to do more with less as companies look to hold a higher number of meetings. • Closer to home. Suppliers indicated planners want meetings closer to their businesses, with 53% of their clients requesting more local meetings. This is also likely tied to the effort to keep individual meeting costs down. • Fuller agendas. Noting that their clients’ “focus on meeting content is more critical than ever,” hotel suppliers expect to see more incentive programs infused with business-focused content, with 47% of customers planning to combine meetings and incentives. • More green. Hotel suppliers noted 47% of meeting clients have green requests/requirements for their events. Meeting planners corroborated this trend with 73% indicating clients are showing increasing interest in reporting green measures. However, it’s not yet impacting property decisions. • Venue selection. The Meetings Forecast reveals a shift away from bookings in luxury or resort properties.

The North American meetings market was fairly robust in 2011 and is expected to grow in 2012, according to the planner survey results from Maxvantage, the strategic alliance between American Express Meetings & Events and Maritz Travel in the region. This market continues to lead others in looking for new ways to optimize meetings spend and up the return on experience. With the number of meetings expected to increase, the survey indicates companies are conscious of avoiding any negative opinions of perceived excessive spending.

• Number of meetings expected: 80% expect to increase or maintain the number of meetings. • Number of attendees per meeting: 25% will decrease the number of attendees while 45% expect about the same. • Meeting locations: 71% are booking in primary/large cities and 31% in secondary cities, and 13% are shifting bookings from primary cities to secondtier cities. • Planner lead time: 62% expect decreases in their lead time for planning meetings and 7% expect an increase. For more information, visit 13

by Lynn Kaniper

With the meetings industry on the rebound, it’s a good time to make your pitch for a bigger meetings budget. Once your budget gets the go-ahead, use the following red-hot meeting trends as a starting point for spending it wisely.

Environmentally conscious meeting management is gaining importance, and clients will want to see your policies in advance and in action. Review your green practices to make sure they are current. Don’t forget to extend policies to dining, as the “locavore” movement, which focuses 14

on locally produced and sourced food, is growing more and more followers.

It’s gradual… it’s cautious… and it’s certainly not at the same level as the 1990s, but luxury properties and international destinations are seeing an increase in incentive business. The year 2012 is the year to get back in the incentive meetings game.

Clients value face-to-face interaction, but they will still want to take advantage

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of the efficiencies of virtual meetings. Whether you have the latest meeting technology or are considering adding it now that it’s more affordable, you can broaden your appeal by combining live and virtual elements into a hybrid meeting offering.

Think you need to jump on the apps bandwagon? Make sure the app is appropriate for the intended user. Unless the app can be used successfully and meaningfully, it’s not worth the fuss.

Meeting professionals are more aware that Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y learn differently, and guess what - all of these generations will be attending meetings in 2012. Are you up to speed on the differences? Can you tell the client how you have adapted to address distinct generational learning styles?

Everyone’s talking about social media and how to take advantage of the opportunities. But let’s be honest - it’s a bit scary out there. Don’t be afraid to use Facebook and Twitter as another resource for connecting with your clients. Just understand that you will need to give up a

little control of your brand to get the most out of social media opportunities. Can you monitor and manage the conversation, knowing it may take on a life of its own? If the answer is yes, get in there.

What did 26% of meeting professionals say was more important than ever in MPI’s annual research survey? Collaboration and personal relationships with suppliers. Brainstorm ideas to achieve budget and performance goals, and you’ll be part of the solution, not the problem. That’s a winwin. As COO and creative director at Dana Communications, Lynn Kaniper plays an integral role in running the agency. By translating marketing objectives into creative strategies and directing the team in branding, imagery, and tactical elements, Lynn drives the production of multimedia materials. She contributes years of leadership experience, a strong aesthetic sense and an intuitive ability to promote vision. Her focus on the relationship between business and user goals has enabled her to produce successful work for clients like Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, Millennium Hotels & Resorts and the International Association of Conference Centers. For more information, visit 15

by Jenise Fryatt

At a time in which the very fabric of society seems in the process of being rewoven, the act of bringing people together for networking, fellowship, education, or entertainment is taking on a deeper meaning. The following facts taken from two articles in Ode Magazine, “The Power of Strangers” by Serena Renner and “No Such Thing as a Thing,” an excerpt from Lynne McTaggart’s book The Bond, illustrate a few of the many recent developments and discoveries that directly relate to meetings and events.

Though divorce rates may be up, church attendance down, bowling leagues disappearing - group membership as a whole is growing. Approximately 75% of Americans belong to some kind of group, compared with 65% in 2008 16

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(Pew: The Social Side of the Internet). This, of course, bodes well for event professionals, as groups must come together to meet face to face or virtually.

Approximately 82% of online social network users participate in groups (Pew: The Social Side of the Internet). Tell that to your friends who think the internet is creating more socially isolated individuals. Again and again, online interaction is shown to be a driver for events and meetings.

BizBash CEO David Adler says the proliferation of groups through is a significant trend event professionals should monitor. The site allows anyone to form a group online and plan face-to-face gatherings.

Social networks protect against heart disease, stroke and more. Another fact we

can feel good about as event professionals: we provide the structure for such groups to meet (Sociologist Len Syme, Columbia Social Isolation Stroke Study).

An Oxford Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology Study of Oxford rowers showed they experienced significantly greater pain tolerance after group training compared to exercising individually. Researchers concluded that the shared activity of rowing created an increase in endorphin release over that released when individuals practiced rowing alone. The “we’re-all-in-this-together” feeling is powerful, and studies like this help to bolster the case for creating opportunities for individuals to collaborate. We’re in the business of creating the ideal circumstances for groups to overcome great obstacles and to do good. Jenise Fryatt is an event industry cheerleader helping planners and producers to create meaningful experiences. For more information, visit 17

Survey Says: Economy Impacting 2012 Incentive Trends

from Incentive Research Foundation

What a difference a year can make. Unlike the start of 2011, the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) latest survey of incentive industry trends finds planners struggling with the effects of an economy caught in a slow recovery. According to IRF President Melissa Van Dyke, “Survey participants demonstrated that their program’s sensitivity to internal pressures, competitor reactions, and perceptions of extravagance were lower than in the spring and actually at a level equivalent to or below 2008. However, they cited the economy as having a significant impact on all incentive plans.” Incentive travel programs were affected most from the economic outlook. “Respondents indicated they are less optimistic than they were in the spring about their ability to plan and implement incentive travel programs and consider the economy as having a relatively negative impact on their ability to execute the programs they would like,” continued Van Dyke, citing the following results for travel programs: • 62% said the economy is having a negative impact on program planning - numbers that haven’t been this high since July 2009 • While 28% expected their budgets to


decline, 45% anticipate no change, and 27% actually expect an increase • More than half of the programs will only be providing air tickets and covering no incidental expenses • 41% will be reducing the number of nights • 40% are shrinking “non-meal” components “In the area of non-cash merchandise incentive programs, there is less agreement on the impact of the economy in 2012,” Van Dyke says. “Twenty-four percent of respondents see a negative impact, 27% anticipate no effect, and 25% expect a positive influence. In fact, 17% anticipate such positive changes as adding individual travel and/or increasing the value of merchandise or gift cards.” The survey revealed the types of merchandise include gift cards (46%), clothing/apparel (43%), electronics (42%), luggage (34%) and jewelry/watches (33%). “In general, respondents indicated that they anticipate most incentive program elements to remain essentially unchanged in the coming year, reflecting a slower return to growth than originally anticipated,” Van Dyke concluded. For more information, just visit

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Meetings Industry Associations and Organizations Convention Industry Council 571-527-3116 Destination Marketing Assoc Intl 202-296-7888 Intl Assoc of Conference Centers 314-993-8575 Intl Congress and Convention Assoc 732-851-6603 Intl Special Events Soc 312-321-6853 Meeting Professionals Intl 972-702-3000 Professional Convention Management Assoc 312-423-7262 Soc of Incentive Travel Executives 312-321-5148

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Thought Leaders: The Industry Blogosphere

Conferences That Work Adrian Segar php/blog Adrian Segar has organized and facilitated conferences for 30 years. Dissatisfied with traditional conferences, and realizing that he loved to connect with people and to create spaces for them to connect with each other, he created the first peer conference in 1992. He has been refining the peer conference process ever since. Adrian has a Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics, was an independent information technology consultant for 23 years, taught college computer science for ten years, and co-owned and managed a solar manufacturing company before that. TBA Global Alison Smith Jenks, Gi-Gi Downs Alison Smith Jenks brings over 15 years of integrated marketing and communications experience to TBA Global. In her role as Vice President of Marketing, Alison is responsible for TBA Global’s brand 20

strategy and oversees the marketing communications efforts for its offices throughout North America. With a decade of content strategy, planning, and social media, Gi-Gi Downs has played a pivotal role in developing and launching successful, high-revenue interactive and engagement platforms for some of the world’s largest brands, Internet portals, and entertainment properties and in partnering with global CPG, luxury, and retail brands. TechTalk Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, MS Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS is an international speaker, consultant, and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. With 20 years of experience running international technology meetings, he now is a highly acclaimed speaker with the ability to make complex subjects understandable and fun. Corbin serves or has served on numerous hotel, corporate, convention bureau, and association boards. He is the

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only person to have received both the MPI International Supplier of the Year and the MPI International Chapter Leader of the Year awards. Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections Jeff Hurt Jeff Hurt is the director of education and engagement for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Jeff has worked in the events/nonprofit arena for more than 20 years, including Keep America Beautiful as a consultant, trainer, and writer; Keep Texas Beautiful as education coordinator; professional development manager for Meeting Professionals International; professional development manager for Promotional Products Association International; and director of education and events for the National Association of Dental Plans. He has also served on several boards of directors for several state and national charities and organizations. Sound n’ Sight Jenise Fryatt Jenise Fryatt has been involved in the events industry for more than 20 years as co-owner and marketing director of Icon Presentations. Icon provides video, audio, lighting, and wide-screen technological support to event producers and planners across the country. Jenise follows recent developments in the events industry and the use of social media to enhance events. Her blog, Sound n’ Sight, has been awarded the SOB badge as a “Successful and Outstanding Blog” by social media powerhouse Liz Strauss, founder of SOBCon. The Event Amplifier Kirsty Pitkin Kirsty Pitkin began her career as a creative writer. Since then, she has gone

on to pioneer the use of social media for customer services in the public transport industry. She is now the creative director of training and communications company TConsult Ltd., leading event amplification services and working with event organizers to provide live blogging, live video streaming, event reporting and remote audience support. Ready2Spark Lara McCulloch-Carter Lara McCulloch-Carter is an international speaker, educating businesses on the evolving branding, marketing, and social media revolution. She’s known for her storytelling style and for delivering new ideas in original ways. She engages an audience, whether the room contains thousands of attendees or tens, with humor and likeability. Lara has spoken to audiences across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Asia and Australia, including call center managers, association executives, restaurateurs, camp operators, and meeting planners, to name a few. Liz King Events Liz King Liz King is a social media-integrated event planner and award-winning blogger. As the owner of Liz King Events, she runs an innovative firm that creates dynamic branding events integrating the use of social media. Planning events from soup to nuts, she works with her team to create and sustain event brands and enhance attendee engagement. As the owner of Liz King Events, she has been featured as a speaker at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, National Association of Colleges and Employers, ExpoWest/Supply Expo and several other events as an expert on the topic of social media and events.


Improving Education and Increasing Involvement Are you looking for ways to get more involved, improve your skills and knowledge, and increase your professional clout within the meetings industry? Here are a few options to consider. 1. Is there a state chapter of a meetings industry association near you? Consider the wide array of professional development opportunities in proximity. Network with potential partners and suppliers at local industry events, take advantage of educational programs and career resources in your own back yard, and directly influence the organizations that make the industry go ’round by getting involved at the volunteer level in your spare time. ISES, MPI, PCMA, and SITE, for example, offer state chapters located throughout the Midwest region. 2. If a college or university near you offers a meetings management course, consider working out a reciprocal agreement with the instructor. You may be able to hire interns or solicit volunteer work from students, and they may be able to obtain credit from the instructor in exchange, making your company or organization a valuable industry resource within your local hospitality education community. 3. In high-touch, face-to-face fields like meetings and hospitality, networking is the #1 method to advance your career and business connections. Even if you’re unable to physically attend 22

industry networking events, the Web offers hundreds of ways to rub virtual elbows. Join industry discussion groups like MeCo (www.meetingscommunity. org), connect with colleagues and peers on professional networking sites like LinkedIn (, follow industry blogs (see our suggestions on the previous page), and get to know the Who’s Who of your profession. 4. Online resources for meeting and event planners are more prevalent than ever before, and you can take advantage of professional education opportunities from the comfort of your own office chair. Dozens of industry organizations and outlets offer free webinars (www. html), many of which can be accessed on demand, that plug you in to expertled sessions about the current topics and trends influencing your business. 5. Get involved with your industry media and share your experience or know-how with others in the meetings community. When you’re quoted in articles or have your own articles published, you increase your visibility and position yourself as an expert in your field. If you’re looking for ways to elevate your professional image, consider opportunities to write for publication and exposure. (Start now - contact to learn about the types of content Midwest Meetings is seeking!)

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Contents: Table of Contents Why Meet: The Value of Meetings.... 08 By the Numbers: Economic Impact of Meetings............................ 10 More Meetings Planned for 2012..... 12 Firing Up for 2012 Meetings Business.............................. 14 Five Interesting, Uplifting Facts Related to Events............................... 16 Survey Says: Economy Impacting 2012 Incentive Trends....................... 18 Meetings Industry Associations and Organizations..................................... 19 Thought Leaders: The Industry Blogosphere........................................ 20 Improving Education and Increasing Involvement..................... 22

Destinations Multi-state Hotels................................ 23 Illinois...................................................... 24 Indiana.................................................... 44 Iowa........................................................ 56 Kansas..................................................... 72 Michigan................................................. 84 Minnesota.............................................. 98 Missouri................................................116 Nebraska..............................................126 North Dakota.....................................140 Ohio......................................................148 South Dakota......................................160 Wisconsin............................................172 Multi-state

When you stay with us, we treat you like family. Personalized service, clean and comfortable rooms, and a commitment to your satisfaction that will exceed your expectations. That’s the Venerts difference. 15 8th Ave SE • Watertown • SD • 57201 605-886-3698 • Fax: 605-886-1943 • Country Inn & Suites 711 Diamond Jo Ln, Northwood, IA 50459 641-323-7000 102 rooms, 2 meeting rooms Attached to Diamond Jo Casino Sleep Inn and Suites 5850 Morning Star Ct, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 515-299-9922 77 rooms, 1 boardroom, 1 meeting room Close to Iowa State Fair Grounds and Adventureland Evangeline Downs Hotel 2235 Creswell Lane Lot B, Opelousas, LA 70570 337-407-2121 117 rooms, 1 meeting room Attached to Evangeline Downs Casino and Racetrack Canby Inn & Suites 127 1st St W, Canby, MN 56220 507-223-6868 28 rooms Conveniently located on the SD and MN border

Country Inn & Suites 2214 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-373-5513 77 rooms, 1 meeting room Conveniently located at the intersection of I-35 and I-90 Country Inn & Suites 3400 8th Ave SE, (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-8900 72 rooms, 1 meeting room Across from the Terry Redlin Art Center Quality Inn and Suites 800 35th St Circle, (Junction I-29 & Hwy 212) Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-3010 59 rooms, 1 meeting room Across from the Terry Redlin Art Center


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The Chicago White Sox play at U.S. Cellular Field

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s the birthplace and home of President Abraham Lincoln, Illinois offers a plethora of historic Lincoln sites to visit including Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home, Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site. Or try a different trip back in time with a riverboat cruise on the Spirit of Peoria. Traveling up and down the Illinois or Mississippi Rivers in an authentic paddlewheeler will delight you and your whole family. Meeting planners also have a multitude of destinations for events with great cities including Chicago, Springfield, Rockford, Joliet and many more. The choices are endless in the great state of Illinois for family, kids, planners and visitors alike! Submit your state information to 24

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State Facts State Capital: Springfield

State Bird: Cardinal

Admission to Statehood: December 3, 1818 as 21st state

Time Zone: Central

State Tree: White Oak State Flower: Violet

Area Codes: 217, 224, 309, 213, 618, 630, 708, 773, 815, 847 Leading Industry: Agriculture and Manufacturing

Resident’s Name: Illinoisan

Illinois: The Prairie State Governor: Pat Quinn (D) Capital: Springfield Population: 12,830,632 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

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The Peoria Riverfront fountain creates fun on a hot day for visitors.

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The Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield features a variety of trees native to Illinois.

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The Monument to Women exhibit in Nauvoo consists of sculptures of heroic women.


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Rockford’s Starlight Theatre features an array of productions in a unique facility.

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Stop at Fairmount Park in Collinsville for Thoroughbred and harness racing excitement.

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Sightseeing boat tours are a great way for guests to see the outstanding options of Chicago.

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Events & Festivals

Gypsy, Oakbrook Terrace January-May

Vista Maze, Bloomington - October

Raku Day and Open House at The Fine Line, St. Charles - June

Southern Illinois Harvest Festival, Mt. Vernon - October Nature Unframed: Art at the Arboretum, Lisle - November

Thee Olde Time Farm Show, Kankakee - June-July

Galena Trolley Tours, Galena

Don’t Miss

Kohl Children’s Museum, Wilmette LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Schaumburg

Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, Peoria

Starved Rock State Park, Utica Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield

Hancock Observatory, Chicago

Famous For... Chicago is home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire. Illinois has more units of government than any other state (city, county, township, etc.) - over 6,000. One contributing reason may be the township governments, which are generally six miles square. New York Sun editor Charles Dana, tired of hearing Chicagoans boast of the world’s Columbian Exposition, dubbed Chicago the “Windy City.” Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, IL, reared in Dixon, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka.



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Champaign County CVB Champaign County CVB • Cory Hatfield

108 S Neil St • Champaign • IL • 61820 800-369-6151 • Fax: 217-398-3037 Area rooms: Over 3,500 Meeting facilities: Hawthorne Suites & Conference Center, Hilton Garden Inn, I Hotel & Conference Center, Illini Union Hotel & Conference Center, U of I Assembly Hall 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, Alto Vineyards, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve


Looking for space? With over 241,000 square feet of meeting space, Champaign County’s got it! Plan a small meeting at our Reindeer Ranch, a class reunion at one of our breathtaking forest preserves or an all-out corporate to-do at any one of our many upscale hotels. Take time to sample an area that combines big city attractions with downstate affordability. Champaign County is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-57, I-74 and I-72, linking Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. We’re small enough for convenience yet large enough to attract cultural events seldom found outside Chicago; and, our ample and inviting spaces are just right for accommodating any type of meeting. Diversity is reflected in cuisine, entertainment and our culture. 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 your visit to Champaign County to be memorable and successful.

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The Only Thing We Overlook is the Lakefront IL

Navy Pier • Navy Pier Sales Staff

600 E Grand Ave • Chicago • IL • 60611 312-595-5300 • Fax: 312-595-5275 Exhibit Space: 170,000 sq. ft. Attractions: Navy Pier is 50 acres of rides, attractions, museums, restaurants, shops, boat cruises, entertainment and much more. Feature Room: Grand Ballroom overlooks Lake Michigan and the City of Chicago Skyline Capacity: up to 8,000 guests Facility Type: Convention center and special event venue Food and Beverage: Chicago Signature Services is the exclusive caterer Nearest Airport: O’Hare International Airport

Historic Navy Pier is a spectacular venue for events of all types and sizes. With a variety of flexible function space including two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms, and the Grand Ballroom and Rooftop, Navy Pier is the ideal spot for corporate and special events. Add in the tantalizing assortment of food and beverages available from Navy Pier Catering, and you have the recipe for a successful group event. Easily accessible via car or public transportation, Navy Pier offers endless entertainment for visitors of all ages. No matter the season, come to Navy Pier to experience timeless natural beauty and lively attractions every day of the year. Centrally located on Chicago’s lakefront, near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Loop, Navy Pier offers the best views of the beautiful Chicago skyline. In addition, groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounts on popular Navy Pier attractions! When your attendees are done with business for the day, they can take in a wide range of leisure, dining, and entertainment options. If you are looking for a unique venue for your special event or top-level customer service for your meeting or tradeshow, Navy Pier is the place for your group. The dedicated Navy Pier team will assist you in the successful coordination and execution of your meeting or event.





Chicago’s North Shore

Chicago’s North Shore CVB Kimberly Wright, Director of Sales

8001 Lincoln Ave, Ste 715 • Skokie • IL • 60077 847-763-0011 Ext 23 • Fax: 847-763-0022 • Area hotel rooms: 3,300 Attractions nearby: Chicago Botanic Garden; Illinois Holocaust Museum; Ravinia; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts; Northwestern University; Westfield Old Orchard, The Glen Town Center, and Northbrook Court shopping centers Meeting facilities: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Renaissance Chicago North Shore, Hilton Orrington, Holiday Inn North Shore, Wyndham Glenview Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore, Courtyard by Marriott, The Glen Club


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 offer world-class meeting facilities - all close to downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and the I-94 corridor. Our properties offer a range of amenities including rooftop ballrooms, conference centers built with IACC specifications, wireless internet connectivity, advanced audiovisual capabilities as well as a ballroom that can accommodate over 1,000. Chicago’s North Shore is a preferred destination for meeting planners who choose to offer their meeting delegates a broad and diverse range of attractions, restaurants, entertainment and shopping options. Chicago’s North Shore CVB will offer you personalized assistance in planning your meeting or event. You may also utilize the interactive planning tools on our website.

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The Great Way To Gather Gateway Center • Jamie Lane

One Gateway Drive • Collinsville • IL • 62234 800-289-2388 • 618-345-9024 • Area rooms: 800 Meeting space sq. ft.: 50,000 Meeting rooms: 17 Reception capacity: 2,395 Largest room sq. ft.: 40,000 Golf course nearby: several Entertainment nearby: More than 50 golf courses, casinos, thoroughbred horse racing, a water park, local historical and novelty attractions, Cahokia Mounds Prehistoric Indian World Heritage Site and the largest concentration of retail shopping south of Chicago. St. Louis attractions and nightlife are less than 15 minutes away.


Since its inception, Gateway Center has been catering to local, regional, national and international meetings and conventions. In fact more than 80% of our business returns every year! Why? We believe it is because of the GREAT WAY we do business and the valued relationships we develop with our clients. Gateway Center is the southwestern Illinois location for your special event no matter what you are planning. Our premier convention center is nestled at the crossroads of 5 interstates in Collinsville, Illinois, only 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. We offer more than 50,000 sq. ft. of usable multi-purpose space. We are a fullservice convention center that takes pride in its customer service and expertise. Our hospitality district features more than 800 hotel rooms, 30 dining establishments, a water park, a bar/dance club, and a family entertainment venue to accommodate groups between 20 and 4,500 people. Our Gateway Center staff members are veterans in the industry and are always excited to service our groups, no matter what your needs may be. Collinsville, Illinois is a St. Louis “border town” with great hospitality, rates, facilities and a great location making this Southwestern Illinois destination the “Great Way to Gather” for your next convention or meeting. Call us today for more information at 800.289.2388 or visit us on the web at

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Decatur Conference Center and Hotel is the ideal facility… IL

Decatur Conference Center & Hotel • Susan Keane

4191 W US Hwy 36 • Decatur • IL • 62522 217-422-8800 • Fax: 217-422-9155 •

Rooms/suites: 370/18 Meeting space sq. ft.: 55,000 convertible Meeting rooms: up to 27 Reception capacity: 2,000 Golf course nearby: 3 Onsite restaurants: 2 Attractions: Skovill Zoo, The Children’s Museum of Illinois, Mari-Mann Herb Farm, Haunted Decatur Tours

Looking for meeting/ convention space in Central Illinois? Whether you are looking for a meeting for 20 or a convention for 2,000, we are the hotel for you. With 370 guestrooms (18 suites) and 55,000 sq. ft. of convertible meeting space, we are downstate’s largest conference center and hotel. We are centrally located in the heart of Illinois with convenient access to I-72, I-57 and US 51. Our location, size of property and our outstanding customer service provides conference planners with the building blocks necessary for an ideal meeting site for their attendees. We have recently remodeled our public spaces and will begin work on guestrooms in 2011. Come and see what’s new at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. “Decatur’s Best Address for Business or Pleasure.”

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Make DeKalb County Your Meeting Destination! IL

DeKalb County CVB • Debbie Armstrong

164 E Lincoln Hwy • DeKalb • IL • 60115 877-335-2521 • 815-756-1336 • Fax: 815-756-5164


Area rooms: Over 700 Meeting facilities: A Sampling: Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center, Convocation Center, Holmes Student Center, Kishwaukee College Conference Center, Best Western Inn & Suites, Stratford Inn, University Plaza Attractions: A Sampling: Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, Antique & Vintage Boutiques, Historic Shopping Districts, Lake Shabbona State Park, Egyptian Theatre, Ellwood House Museum, J.F. Glidden Homestead, Stage Coach Theatre, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Sycamore History Museum

DeKalb County is conveniently located just 60 miles west of Chicago. Affordability, Midwestern charm, and personal service make meetings in DeKalb County a memorable experience. Whether you’re planning a sales meeting, wedding, class reunion or sporting event - DeKalb County venues deliver. Enjoy accommodating service that reflects true Midwestern hospitality. We make it our business to make your meeting memorable. The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCCVB) will help you plan your event and provide local expertise to meet your specific needs. DeKalb County has more than 700 affordable hotel rooms and parking is free. Choose from large to mid-size venues, state-of-the-art conference centers, indoor/ outdoor recreational facilities, or something as intimate and unique as a historic carriage house, vineyard, or art deco theater for your event. We offer many local attractions to explore when you need a diversion that include golf courses, historic shopping districts, live theatre, unique dining, wineries, art and history museums, farmers markets, sporting events, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. For more information and assistance with your next meeting, contact Debbie Armstrong at the DeKalb County CVB toll free at: 1-877-335-2521 or email at: sales@dekalbcountycvb. com.


Downers Grove Area rooms: Nearly 1,200 Meeting and Banquet space: Over 30,000 sq. ft. Attractions: Multiple local & area attractions, shopping, dining, golf course and We are here to assist you with all your corporate and event planning needs. vibrant downtown

Downers Grove Visitors Bureau • Lisa Wentzell

2001 Butterfield Rd, Ste 120 • Downers Grove • IL • 60515 800-934-0615 • 630-729-0380 • Fax: 630-729-0381 •

Downers Grove is the premier location for your next corporate meeting, conference or special function. Downers Grove boasts 7 hotels, with almost 1,200 rooms and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space including IACC approved meeting facilities. There are also more than 150 restaurants and a large variety of shops, including many in downtown Downers Grove. Downers Grove is located in the heart of the Midwest on the I-88 Corridor, 22 miles west of the city of Chicago with easy access to four major interstate highways, Metra train services and O’Hare and Midway airports.


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DuPage County/Oak Brook

Chicago’s Western Suburbs IL

DuPage County CVB • Lisa Landers, CMP, DOS

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • Fax: 630-575-8078 • Area rooms: Nearly 17,000 Airports: O’Hare, Midway & DuPage Major meeting facilities: • Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel • Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center • Eaglewood Resort & Spa • Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort • Odeum Sports & Expo Center • Westin Lombard Yorktown Center • Waterford Banquet & Conference Center •Holiday Inn Willowbrook/Hinsdale Attractions: • Brookfield Zoo • Lynfred Winery • The Morton Arboretum • Oakbrook Center

Ideally located just 20 miles from downtown Chicago, DuPage County combines the excitement and allure of a major metropolitan area with the convenience, accessibility and value of the suburbs. Easy access to O’Hare and Midway International Airports, a top-notch commuter airport, and a well-developed system of major expressways and mass transportation makes DuPage the perfect location for your next meeting or event. DuPage offers over 1.9 million sq. ft. of combined meeting space and nearly 17,000 guestrooms in a wide variety of hotels, making it an outstanding choice for groups of up to 5,000. DuPage County has seven IACC-approved properties and four beautiful golf resorts with excellent meeting facilities. In addition to offering world-class restaurants, attractions and shopping, DuPage is also amazingly rich in culture, heritage and landscape. No one knows DuPage County better than the team of talented, resourceful professionals at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau. Take advantage of our long list of complimentary Signature Services designed to help make your planning experience memorable and stress-free. We invite you to take a good look at DuPage County where you will find plenty of great reasons to choose us for your next meeting or event.


Affordable, Comfortable, Accommodating, Unique Effingham CVB • Hailey Sudkamp

201 E Jefferson • Effingham • IL • 62401 800-772-0750 • Fax: 217-342-4939 • Area rooms: 1,200

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!” Located in Central Illinois where Interstates 57 and 70 meet, Effingham has facilities and trained planners available to make your meeting or convention a smooth-running affair, and the unique attractions to make it memorable. Affordable meeting space and accommodations are just the start! Effingham goes the extra mile to make certain your guests feel right at home! We offer Attractions: plenty of extras for groups to enjoy, including tours of attractions, giveaways for Effingham Performance guests, and even a special gift for each hotel room you book! Center Cross at the Crossroads Attractions include: Cross at the Crossroads, which stands at 198 feet; The Corvette Museum Effingham Performance Center, which hosts live performances by regional and Firefly Grill John Boos Butcher Block national performers; Firefly Grill, an award winning restaurant; the Corvette Tuscan Hills Winery Museum, featuring one-of-a-kind cars; and Ballard Nature Center, where visitors can explore nature as they hike wooded trails. Effingham is also home to several annual events, such as the Corvette Funfest held in September, the Artisan Fair held in April; and Sculpture on the Avenues, a year round outdoor exhibition. Meeting facilities: Keller Convention Center Hilton Garden Inn K of C Building Fairfield Inn Ballard Nature Center



Galesburg Experience the Historic Enjoy the Contemporary IL

Galesburg Area CVB • Judy Guenseth

2163 E. Main St. • Galesburg • IL • 61401 309-343-2485 • Fax: 309-343-2521 Area rooms: 550 Major meeting facilities: The Kensington Ballroom Lake Storey Pavilion Best Western Prairie Inn Soangetaha Country Club Lake Bracken Country Club Community Center American Legion Knights of Columbus Galesburg Antiques Mall Attractions: Carl Sandburg Birthplace Ronald Reagan Childhood Home Lincoln Douglas Debate Site Galesburg Railroad Museum Discovery Depot Children’s Museum Galesburg Civic Art Center Orpheum Theatre Stockdale Soldier Museum Lakeside Water Park 25 Parks

Plan your next meeting at historic and affordable Galesburg. Best Western Prairie Inn offers full service conference needs of groups up to 220. The vaudeville era Orpheum Theatre offers an alternative conference setting with break out rooms nearby for groups up to 150. Other hotels and meeting areas are available for a variety of meeting venues. Parking is free at hotels, downtown and shopping areas. After your meeting take in the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg, the childhood home of President Reagan and the last standing site of the famous Lincoln Douglas debates. We invite you to experience the charm of Victorian homes, troves of antique opportunities and the longstanding presence of the rail industry but also enjoy the contemporary treasures of unique shops and restaurants in Seminary Street Historic District and throughout the area. The Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers complimentary meeting assistance and provides welcome bags free of charge to all attendees. Visit our website or Facebook. Galesburg is located off I-74 situated 45 minutes from Peoria, Illinois and the Quad Cities and is 2 and a half hours by train from Chicago.


EXPLORE EXPERIENCE ENJOY The Jacksonville Area! Jacksonville Area CVB • Patty Anderson

310 E State St • Jacksonville • IL • 62650 217-243-5678 • Fax: 217-243-5862 •

Jacksonville is a community rich in historical treasures, with thriving arts, education, and culture, and wrapped in Midwest hospitality. Centrally located between St. Louis and Chicago, and only minutes away from our State Capital, Airport: Jacksonville Airport Springfield, Jacksonville is a meeting planner’s dream. Authority, Abraham Jacksonville has meeting and banquet choices to fit any budget and size of party. Lincoln Springfield Airport From beautiful outdoor amenities (perfect for a business retreat), elegant banquet - 30 miles halls, college facilities to intimate historic home settings, Jacksonville has got it! Major meeting facilities: In addition, the newly renovated Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Jacksonville Area offers meeting space up to 100 for those staying in Jacksonville hotels at no cost. Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hamilton’s Booking arrangements can be made through any Jacksonville lodging facility. Catering, Buena Vista Jacksonville has a host of dining and lodging options to welcome you to Farms, Illinois College, our community. The changing of the seasons brings you many annual events. MacMurray College, Destination choices include murals in our newly refurbished downtown that depict Bogart’s Banquet Hall our history where you can also shop at unique stores and have many dining choices. Attractions: Historic Or, you can follow history in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln through Looking Underground Railroad for Lincoln, Underground Railroad Sites and Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion. sites, Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion, Lake Ever heard of a small town with a symphony, art museum and live theater? Now you Jacksonville, David Strawn do! Jacksonville is a small community with big ideas. Welcome! Area rooms: 383

Art Gallery, Looking for Lincoln and Walldog Murals, Lenz Field


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Affordable. Beautiful. Close. IL

Kankakee County CVB • Vicki Layhew

1 Dearborn Sq, Ste 1 • Kankakee • IL • 60901 815-935-7390 • Fax: 815-935-5169 Area rooms: 900 Major meeting facilities: Hilton Garden Inn & Riverstone Conference Center Majestic Theatre Quality Inn & Suites Attractions: Chicago Bears Training Camp Frank Lloyd Wright House Golf Courses Hidden Cove Sportsplex Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena Kankakee River Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Northfield Square Mall Reed’s Canoe Trips Strickler Planetarium

Kankakee County is an emerging destination with a variety of meeting spaces; from a conference center to a Sportsplex, auditoriums, ballrooms, historic venues, and truly one-of-a-kind spaces. Just an hour south of Chicago along Interstate 57, this destination offers affordability for small meetings and retreats. Discover 900 guest rooms, 2 full-service hotels, 8 golf courses, and 57 miles of peaceful riverfront. Contact the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau for visitor information, hotel booking services, site tours and planning assistance. After business hours, discover Kankakee County’s rich history, natural beauty and recreational activities. Gear up for a host of outdoor adventures. Savor the flavor of Kankakee County’s unique restaurants. Solve a mystery at the Bennett Curtis House Dinner Theatre. Increase productivity and fun with team building activities at Hidden Cove Sportsplex. Enjoy the great outdoors or explore historical attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House and the historic Barn Quilt Tour. These and other activities are sure to add incentive to your next meeting or event in Kankakee County.


Lisle CVB • Robin Friday

4746 Main St • Lisle • IL • 60532 800-733-9811 • Fax: 630-769-1006 • Area rooms: 863 Nearest airport: 25 miles from O’Hare and Midway Airports Entertainment/attractions nearby: Morton Arboretum, Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy, golf and nearby casinos Meeting facilities: Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham hotels

Bring your meetings to Lisle… the perfect Chicago area location. Centrally located in Chicago’s western suburbs, only 25 miles from O’Hare and Midway airports, Lisle has premier full-service hotels that offer complimentary parking and easy access to major highways and attractions. The Hilton, Hyatt and Wyndham all have superior guest rooms, meeting facilities, exceptional service and green practices in place. Take advantage of Lisle’s natural setting and enjoy the relaxing and peaceful environment while focusing on your meeting objectives. The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre, year-round natural oasis with collections of more than 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world is located in Lisle. The Arboretum features magnificent gardens and lakes with beautiful natural landscapes that set the tone for Lisle’s relaxing environment. The Lisle CVB provides planners with one-stop shopping in choosing a meeting site and coordinating events. We provide resources to help you select Lisle hotels, meeting facilities and customized tour designs to complement your special interests. Contact the Lisle CVB to receive a comprehensive Meeting Planners Guide.



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 •

•Midwest Conference Center has 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including our 15,000 sq. ft. Midwest Ballroom with 24-ft. ceiling height. •The Midwest Ballroom is the largest column-free room in the area. Meeting space sq. ft.: 35,000 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

Just 20 miles west of Chicago, the City of Hospitality, Oakbrook Terrace and the greater Oak Brook area welcomes you! Oakbrook Terrace Hotels

915 Harger Rd, Ste 240 • Oak Brook • IL • 60523 800-232-0502 • 630-575-8070 • Fax: 630-575-8078 Hotel rooms: 1,076 Comfort Suites Courtyard by Marriott Hilton Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn La Quinta Staybridge Suites

When you’re visiting Chicagoland for business, the friendly City of Oakbrook Terrace deserves your attention! Oakbrook Terrace is a proud home to seven outstanding hotels. Some boast world-class convention and meeting facilities for intimate or mid-size gatherings, all comfortably affordable and convenient. Entertaining activities include Drury Lane Theatre, renowned for professional Broadway-style theatre productions. With a glorious grand ballroom, (the largest in DuPage County), seating for over 2,000 people, and world-class catering with Meeting rooms: 51 personalized menu options, choosing Drury Lane Theatre makes every event a breeze to plan. Drury Lane Theatre & The dining choices are virtually limitless - choose from dozens of restaurants Conference Center: located in the city. Your every shopping fantasy can also be met at nearby Oakbrook DuPage County’s largest Center as well as on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue. And with its ideal location, ballroom the world of culture, sports, and other recreational activities are within easy access. Oakbrook Terrace is easily accessible and affordable, with all hotels offering Onsite restaurants: 5 FREE parking! Just 20 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 for more information on Oakbrook Terrace, Chicagoland’s Hot Spot.


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Chicago North Suburbs CVB • Brent Edwards

8 N Elmhurst Rd • Prospect Heights • IL • 60070 800-955-7259 Ext 254 • Fax: 847-577-8306

Area rooms: 2,379 Major meeting facilities: Hilton Chicago Northbrook, Crowne Plaza Northbrook, Comfort Inn & Suites Attractions: Rivers Casino, Randhurst Village Shopping, Long Grove Historic Village, Restaurant Row, Golf Center

Chicago 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 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 Brent Edwards with Chicago North Suburbs Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-9557259 Ext 254.


Meet In The Corridor Heritage Corridor CVB • Justin Hardee

15701 Independence Blvd • Romeoville • IL • 60446 800-535-5682 • Fax: 815-588-7945 Airports: Chicago Midway - 30 miles, Chicago O’Hare - 35 miles Area rooms: 4,500 Major meeting facilities: Autobahn Country Club, Bolingbrook Golf Club Brunswick Zone XL Romeoville Holiday Inn Bolingbrook Starved Rock Lodge Weitendorf Educational Center Attractions: Chicagoland Speedway Hollywood Casino - Joliet Illinois Aviation Museum Route 66 Illinois Lincoln Highway Illinois River Road LaSalle Canal Boat Rialto Square Theatre Starved Rock State Park

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 timber-braced lodges and waterparks. Golf at one of the top ten rated public golf courses, the Bolingbrook Golf Club. Try the Brunswick Team Challenge to boost morale and increase productivity. 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.



Plan on Springfield IL

Springfield CVB • Gina Gemberling, DOS

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


Starved Rock Lodge: Get out of the office & into the woods! Starved Rock Lodge • Jill Jacobs, Sales Manager Routes 178 & 71 • Utica • IL • 61373 815-220-7332 • Fax: 815-667-4198

Rooms/suites: 72 Meeting space sq. ft.: varies Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

Starved Rock Lodge lies in the heart of more than 2,600 acres of dense forests, spectacular sandstone canyons, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Located in Utica, IL, the Lodge is just minutes from the intersection of I-80 & I-39 and less than 90 minutes from Chicagoland. Starved Rock Lodge hosted over 125 weddings in 2011 and has become a destination for dream weddings and corporate retreats, offering a wide variety of teambuilding activities, dining options and meeting facilities. The Starved Rock Room is well-suited for meetings up to 200. There are 5 smaller meeting rooms on the property. The sales team will help plan trolley tours, progressive dinners, guided hikes or a catered banquet.

The historic stone-and-log lodge is built around the Great Hall, which has the largest 2-sided stone fireplace in Illinois. The hotel has 72 comfortable rooms and a variety of cabins in the woods (all with WiFi). The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Onsite, visitors enjoy The Back Door Lounge (bar), Gift Shop, Café, therapeutic massage, three trolleys, an indoor pool complex, and much more! Visit us online at, or call 1-800-868-7625. Find us on Facebook.


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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

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 Windy City. Just minutes from Midway Airport and 20 miles from McCormick Place, Willowbrook offers convenient locations for meetings. Get away after a long day of conventions at McCormick Place and stay in comfort at a nearby Willowbrook Hotel. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Willowbrook’s hotels are the Meeting rooms: 15 perfect place to relax. While staying in Willowbrook, plan plenty of time to enjoy the inviting Meeting space: 14,000 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 Nearly 50 public and evening meal, you’ll also find an appetizing mix of menus. private golf courses 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 Hotel rooms: 582 Holiday Inn Willowbrook/ Hinsdale LaQuinta Inn Chicago/ Willowbrook Red Roof Inn Willowbrook Super 8 Willowbrook


YOUR SUCCESS means our Success! Woodfield Chicago Northwest CB • Tom Dahlquist Our services are always free Schaumburg • IL • 60173 800-847-4849 • Fax: 847-490-1212

The Chicago Northwest area, with 60 hotels, a stunning 100,000 sq. ft. ultramodern convention center, and 30 other high-tech meeting venues, guarantees successful events. Our dedicated sales team can help you find the ideal meeting space, assist with off-site dining and attractions, and coordinate land transportation. We also can help with media promotion and welcome materials for your attendees. Let us do the initial legwork to save you time and stress. Best of all, our services are free! The region is only minutes from O’Hare Airport, central in the Chicago metropolitan area, and has FREE HOTEL PARKING. Woodfield Chicago Northwest combines urban pulse, suburban convenience, and world-class service to ensure your meeting experience is successful every time. Don’t forget to set aside time while you’re here to take advantage of some of the Midwest’s most impressive shopping, dining, and entertainment. In addition to imposing shopping centers like Woodfield Mall, you’ll find an abundant selection of home goods at IKEA, Asian specialties at Mitsuwa Marketplace, and charming downtown areas teeming with unique eateries and shops. An extensive menu of attractions includes the IMPROV, Medieval Times, TopGolf, world-famous Arlington Park Racecourse, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. These and many others offer exciting entertainment options for meeting attendees and their families. Visit - - for meeting venues, floor plans, free Bureau services, to submit an RFP, and to view our award-winning video.

Area rooms: 9,638 Airport: O’Hare International, 10 miles average Major meeting facilities: A sampling: Schaumburg Convention Center Eaglewood Resort Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago Doubletree Arlington Heights Chicago Marriott Schaumburg Westin Chicago Northwest Sheraton Suites Elk Grove


The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis showcases Western and Native American art and cultural objects.

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ome of “The Hoosiers,� Indiana features an abundance of entertainment for meeting attendees and visitors alike. From famous racing to small town festivals to state parks and wineries, the state has it all! Indiana also boasts several universities ranked among the best in the nation. Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame are ranked among the top 50 in the National Universities Rankings, while Butler University, Valparaiso University and the University of Evansville are ranked among the top 10 in the Regional University Midwest Rankings. Indiana is also home to the third largest Amish population, and your group can learn about the culture on the Heritage Trail Driving Tour. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Indianapolis

State Bird: Cardinal

Admission to Statehood: December 11, 1816 as 19th state

Time Zones: Eastern and Central Area Codes: 219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812

State Tree: Tulip Leading Industry: Agriculture and Manufacturing

State Flower: Peony

Resident’s Name: Hoosiers

Indiana: The Hoosier State Governor: Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. (R) Capital: Indianapolis Population: 6,483,802 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

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Fort Wayne is known for its array of annual festivals held in the city.

Bordered partially by Indiana, Lake Michigan offers summer fun for the whole family.

Located in South Bend, the University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842.

Bluespring Caverns Park in Lawrence County contains 21 miles of surveyed passages.

A unique Amish population lives throughout the state of Indiana.


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Photo Credits: Indiana Office of Tourism Development

Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest state park and has five million visitors a year.

Events & Festivals

Rail Fest, Washington - May

Duneland Heritage Days, Indiana Dunes - September

Swiss Wine Festival, Vevay - August

Indianapolis Children’s Choice, Indianapolis - October-June

Film Festival of Hendricks County, Danville - Year-round

Michigan City Summer Festival, Michigan City June-October

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Anderson

Don’t Miss

Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend National Automotive and Truck Museum of the US, Auburn Cope Environmental Center, Centerville

Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District, Indianapolis

Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Bloomington Pokegon State Park, Angola

Famous For... Orville Redenbacher grew up on his family’s farm in Brazil, IN where he sometimes sold popcorn in town from a roadside stand. Santa Claus, IN receives more than a half-million letters and requests at Christmas time. Indiana has earned the nickname “Mother of Vice-Presidents” as the home of five Indiana elected vice-presidents: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle. The Indiana Dunes region provides a habitat for many unusual plants, including prickly pear cactus, lichen mosses, bearberry, and more than 20 varieties of orchids.





Meet at the Crossroads Steuben County Tourism Bureau • Michele Rhoades

430 N Wayne St, Ste 1 B • Angola • IN • 46703 800-LAKE-101 or 260-665-5386 • Fax: 260-665-5461 •

Area rooms: 600 Major meeting facilities: Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center, Ramada, Holiday Inn Express, Trine University and Glendarin Hills Golf Resort. Attractions: Pokagon State Park, Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve, Satek Winery, The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont and six golf courses.


Northen Indiana Lakes Country, conveniently located at the intersection of I-69 and I-80/90, offers an easily-accessible and affordable meeting location. We’re located within a three-hour drive of Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland and offer the lakefront full-service Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center. We offer extraordinary and personal service for meetings up to 600 attendees. Northeast Indiana’s only winery and a 400-acre buffalo preserve make us the perfect winter meeting getaway. With facilities located in close proximity to one another and numerous outstanding chain hotels, much larger meetings can be accommodated. In addition, Trine University hosts special events and meetings, including the prestigious Hoosier Boys State. Potawatomi Inn, on beautiful Lake James, has a lush wooded setting, complete with more than 130 rooms and large conference center. Amenities include two restaurants, wireless internet, indoor pool and full-time activity director. This is truly Indiana’s hidden jewel! For more information, call Northern Indiana Lakes Country at (800) LAKE-101 or visit

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Indiana’s Hidden Jewel Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center

Rooms/suites: 137 Meeting space sq. ft.: 11,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 600 Onsite restaurants: 2 Golf courses nearby: 7

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

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


Our 21,000 sq. ft. of meeting space combines the warmth and charm of a historic landmark built in 1923 with the high-tech convenience you expect from a first-rate convention facility. Reception Capacity: 800 Meeting Space sq. ft.: 21,000 Largest Room sq. ft.: 12,285 Meeting Rooms: 10 Golf Courses Nearby: 3 Attached Courtyard by Marriott has 117 rooms

Complimentary wireless internet and parking are available for your group. The first floor has been recently remodeled with updates scheduled for the second floor in 2012. Ten private, spacious meeting rooms allow for numerous breakout options. We can host from 5 to 800 people. Centrally located elevators and an escalator provide guests with easy handicap accessiblity to each of the floors. An outside ramp to the second floor makes loading and unloading convenient for trade shows or large events. We are within walking distance of downtown Bloomington and the I.U. Campus.



6 Lane 100A Lake James • Angola • IN • 46703 877-768-2928 • Fax: 260-833-8957 • Check us out at


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Your best events happen here! Grand Wayne Convention Center • Michael Coffeen

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

Rooms/suites: 500 rooms: attached Hilton Ft. Wayne and connecting Courtyard by Marriott 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

Grand Wayne Convention Center features 225,000 sq. ft. of flexible space… and floor plans offering literally hundreds of meeting and convention configurations. The center’s two city blocks of richly appointed space is abundantly equipped with the most accommodating features; a 50,000 sq. ft. carpeted, dividable, multipurpose 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; plus, the power to connect and knowledge to create most any event. Spacious corridors and pre-function areas lend a natural course allowing multiple events to occur without interruption or sacrifice of any amenity. Whether yours is dinner for 3,000 or a tradeshow for the masses, Grand Wayne has the space, technology and staff expertise to deliver. Additional 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 wired and wireless options throughout. Two connecting, full-service hotels (Hilton Fort Wayne and Courtyard by Marriott) complete a package of tremendous convenience and comfort for both meeting planners and guests. Visit as a useful reference for floor plans, capacities, capabilities and contacts.



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Merrillville 800 E 81st Ave • Merrillville • IN • 46410 219-757-3578 •

It’s All Here

The best of the Midwest, Star Plaza - inclusive of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza and Star Plaza Theatre - offers more meeting and conference space than any other property in Northwest Indiana. An impressive 67,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting and event facilities, inclusive of two 11,000+ sq. ft. ballrooms and the 3,400-seat Theatre, along with unparalleled onsite amenities and a convenient location in the heart of southeast Chicagoland, make this multi-dimensional property the region’s premier choice for meetings. Whether it’s a seminar, corporate retreat or trade show, Star Plaza’s functional meeting and conference facilities adapt to create the perfect venue for guests’ needs and vision. Attractions: Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Star Plaza Theatre, Starbucks onsite, T. J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub onsite, Wisecrackers Comedy Club onsite, House of Bianco Day Spa, Vegas-style Casinos nearby, partnership golf courses nearby, downtown Chicago only 35 miles.


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Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa • Angela Gaghan

777 Blue Chip Dr • Michigan City • IN • 46360 219-861-4861 • Fax: 219-861-4858

Just off the beautiful Lake Michigan shore and an hour’s drive east of Chicago, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa features a 65,000 sq. ft. casino, five restaurants, an entertainment lounge, a spa, two gift shops, two hotel towers and the Stardust Event Center for conventions, meetings and special events. The 22-story Spa Blu Tower, which has 272 guest rooms and 30 suites, adds a glittering distinction to the local landscape, with a façade constructed of varying shades of blue vision glass reflecting its lakeside location. Rooms feature contemporary décor, floor-to-ceiling windows and rich millwork in bold contemporary styling with soft cream and white organic textures and finishes. Guests can also stay at The Blue Chip Hotel, located on the other end of the 30-acre property, with its 184 spacious and tastefully decorated rooms, including 4 grand suites and 8 luxury suites. The Stardust Event Center is a 20,000 sq. ft. multi-function facility accommodating events, such as meetings, conventions and trade shows, as well as stage productions, concerts, weddings and other special events. Blue Chip offers many dining choices: quick bites and deli sandwiches at Nelson’s Deli, endless options at the extensive Options Buffet, fine dining at William B’s Steakhouse, Vegas-inspired restaurant/nightclub It’s Vegas Baby!, and the sports fan’s paradise, The Game. For gaming fun, guests can play in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. The casino offers more than 65,000 sq. ft. of gaming on one level and features over 1,900 slot machines, 42 table games, and an eight-table live poker room. At the luxurious 10,000-sq. ft. spa blu guests can enliven their spirits with health and beauty treatments customized for rejuvenation and relaxation. There are nine treatment rooms and a full service salon. For additional information, please call one of our professional event planners at 888-879-7711, ext. 2429.



Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza and Star Plaza Theatre

Rooms/suites: 343 Meeting space sq. ft.: 67,000 with theatre Meeting rooms: 19 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf course nearby: 5 Onsite restaurants: 4


Easy to Get To and Hard to Leave. Brown County is Indiana’s most inspirational destination and perfect for your meeting. Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau

10 North Van Buren St. • PO Box 840 Nashville • IN • 47448 800-753-3255 • 812-988-7303 • Fax: 812-988-1070 •


Area rooms: 650 Airport: Louisville Intl Airport - 1½ hours south, Indianapolis International Airport - 1 hour north Major meeting facilities: Abe Martin Lodge, Artists Colony Inn, Brown County Inn, Cornerstone Inn, Hotel Nashville, Seasons Lodge and Conference Center, Salt Creek Golf Retreat, Story Inn Attractions: Brown County State Park, Village of Nashville Historic Shopping District, Live theatre and music, Award-winning wineries, Unique restaurants and lodging, Over 250 exceptional Brown County Artists

More than 230,000 acres of parks and forest make up some of the most breathtaking scenery in Brown County, Indiana, a unique destination for meetings desiring a memorable, intimate, and inspiring experience. Facilities are designed for maximum convenience and flexibility - with an emphasis on old-fashioned comfort - and can be customized to meet a variety of event sizes. Offering team and leadership training, a number of outdoor activities (including golf, mountain biking, canoeing and zip lining), and shopping, as well as tours, delicious local restaurants, high quality fine art and top-notch original entertainment. Raise the bar of an exemplary experience both during and after the meeting. Convenient to I-65, Brown County is a one tank drive from Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Chicago. We’re easy to get to and hard to leave. Make next year’s meeting an unforgettable event, call today for your Brown County Meeting Planner - 812.988.7303. • Fine dining and down-home cooking • Worry-free accommodations • Full-service convention and conference facilities • Special weekday packages

• Outdoor activities • Outstanding shops, restaurants, entertainment • Memorable, intimate, and uniquely inspiring


Get Away, Come Out and Meet then go out and Play! Salt Creek Golf Retreat • Haley Gluesenkamp

2359 State Rd 46 E • Nashville • IN • 47448 812-988-7888 • Fax: 812-988-1374 •

Rooms/suites: 28 two bedroom two bathroom condos/56 bedrooms 56 bathrooms total occupancy Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,500 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2


The beautiful Overlook Banquet and Conference Center is nestled in the hills of Brown County, Indiana. More specifically, it is located in the main clubhouse overlooking the golf course and adjacent to the Brown County Steak and Seafood Restaurant. The exquisite reception and meeting facility can seat up to 200 guests in our main banquet room. This room features a neutral decor, large fireplace, and breathtaking views of the golf course and surrounding forest. For a more intimate gathering, our Gallery Room can seat up to 40 guests. This room also features a neutral decor, a large fireplace and a cozy ambiance making it ideal for private meetings, rehearsal dinners, and small parties. The Brown County Steak and Seafood restaurant and 19th Hole Sports Bar and Grill are also available for meetings and gatherings of all types upon request and upon availability. Our on-site catering service, extensive bar service, and attentive customer service make event planning hassle free and ensure an enjoyable, successful event. Our Banquet Manager will assist you in all the planning to create just the right menu and customize a package for you and your guests. Our professional, friendly staff provides the highest level of service, highest quality of food, and endless possibilities! Come see why we are Brown County’s premier destination for weddings, receptions, golf outings, meetings, seminars, private dinner parties, and other important occasions.

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Swan Lake Resort. You’ve Arrived. Call to connect with our professional sales team

Rooms/suites: 92 Hotel Rooms, 4 Log Cabins, 6 Cottages, 8 Fairway Villas Beautiful Fairway House sleeps 10 Meeting space sq. ft.: 33,000 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf courses: 36-holes Championship holes and Golf Academy onsite Onsite restaurant: The Restaurant at Swan Lake Resort and Clubhouse Grille We will exceed your expectations!

Swan Lake Resort is relaxed and unobtrusive, artfully nestled over 600 acres of northern Indiana countryside, a world apart from the tireless bustle. Where great golf and Hoosier hospitality meet, to create an exceptional meeting and conference venue. Over 40 years ago, Swan Lake Resort opened with the purpose of serving golfers. While this is still a pillar of our success, today we proudly present something for everyone… with our charming hotel, quaint cottages and rustic cabins, state-of-the-art conference center, pools, spa and a dining experience that will land on your “best of” list, all available in a relaxed atmosphere that’s hard to come by. If you are looking to take your meeting or conference in a new direction, we’re ready to help you. You won’t find a better place to keep your attendees together and maximize the networking opportunity. And when your group is ready to hit the links, we offer 36-holes of premium golf that spark unforgettable rounds and smiles alike. Best of all, it’s closer than you think and well worth every mile. We invite your meeting or conference to escape the noise of everyday life, drift out of the fast-lane and onto a quiet country road, where the only thing your attendees will need to do is breathe the crisp, clean air, take some easy swings, or even just come inside and put their feet up for a while. Yes, there truly is something for every meeting or conference at Swan Lake Resort and we’ve dedicated it to you. • 33,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space • 12-ft. viewing screens, DVD, LCD projector, multi-amp sound system • Intimate breakout areas • 92 luxurious rooms • Beautiful log cabins, academy cottages and fairway villas with flatscreen TV’s • Golfer’s Dining Room • The Restaurant at Swan Lake Resort

• 18-hole championship golf courses • The Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort with indoor practice facility and instruction packages • Full-service spa and salon • Beautiful courtyard with gazebo • Indoor and outdoor pool • 1,200 sq. ft. gift shop

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Century Center Over 75,000 sq. ft. and two new venues! Century Center • Matt Rose

120 S St Joseph Street South Bend • IN • 46601 574-235-9711 • Fax: 574-235-9185 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 75,000 Exhibit space: 60,000 sq. ft. including 3 halls Guestrooms: 298-room attached DoubleTree Hotel Meeting rooms: 24, including Exhibit Hall and Formal Ballroom Reception capacity: 2,500 Largest room: 25,000 sq. ft. Golf course nearby: Yes

Beautifully situated on an 11-acre riverfront park, Century Center anchors the South Bend Convention District with over 75,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and two theaters. Our two new additions include: Island Park - Situated on the whitewater rapids of the St. Joseph River, this outdoor venue is perfect for alfresco dinners up to 260 and receptions up to 400. Discovery Ballroom - This elegant ballroom boasts 30 ft. ceilings complete with two exquisite chandeliers and space to accommodate banquets up to 600 and meetings for 1,000. Our landscaped outdoor terrace is an extension of Discovery Ballroom through the 17 ft. glass entryway. The convention hall offers 25,000 sq. ft. of carpeted, unobstructed exhibit space and Great Hall is a dramatic enclosed courtyard with soaring ceilings and glass walls overlooking the whitewater rapids of the St. Joseph River. The 6,000 sq. ft. White Water Ballroom also offers a view of the rapids. Bendix Theatre has 694 fixed seats, none more than 32 ft. from the theatre’s unique thrust stage. Connected to South Bend DoubleTree’s 298-room full service hotel and the South Bend Museum of Art, Century Center offers exquisite catering services, in-house presentation services and a dedicated staff of professionals. Shopping, dozens of dining options, museums and entertainment venues are all within walking distance.



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

The Amana Colonies feature seven historic villages founded by German immigrants in 1855 and are listed on the National Historic Landmarks list.

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ften referred to as “The American Heartland,” Iowa offers an assortment of excitement! Ames is the home of Iowa State University, the Iowa State Center and Reiman Gardens, while Iowa City is the first US “City of Literature” and

home to the University of Iowa, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Old Capitol building. Visit The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, the home site of President Herbert H. Hoover. Iowa is also often credited with the start of the high school movement in the US and has the third highest graduation rate in the nation. The state also boasts nearly 40 universities that offer a variety of entertainment and meeting destinations! Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Des Moines

State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch

Admission to Statehood: December 28, 1846 as 29th state

Time Zone: Central Area Codes: 319, 515, 563, 641, 712

State Tree: Oak State Flower: Wild Rose

Leading Industry: Agriculture and Manufacturing

Resident’s Name: Iowan

Iowa: The Hawkeye State Governor: Terry E. Branstad (R) Capital: Des Moines Population: 3,046,355 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

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Iowa’s State Fair is held in Des Moines and draws Iowans from across the state.

Iowa provides fun year-round with all four seasons.

Bald Eagle Days in Keokuk is one of several eagle-watching events in the state.

Built in 1848 in Denmark, this Danish Windmill was moved to Elk Horn in 1975.

The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City marks the burial site of the only fatality on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Photo Credits: Iowa Tourism Office

A tribute to Norway freedom, Nordic Fest is held annually in Decorah.


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Events & Festivals

LA Theatre Works: The Rivalry, Iowa City - February

Jazz on the Cedar, Waterloo September

Iowa´s Premier Wine and Food Expo, Des Moines November

Arboretum Autumn Dubuque - September Historical Village Christmas Walk, Pella - November-December

Burlington Air Show, Burlington - September

Historical and Coal Mining Museum, Centerville

Don’t Miss

Penoach Winery, Adel

Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley

Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Ames

Iowa Aviation Museum, Greenfield

AllPlay Ultimate Entertainment Complex, Des Moines

Aquatic Center, Washington

Famous For... Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, IA, John Wayne was the son of a pharmacist and grew up to become one of Hollywood’s most popular movie stars. Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are 100% formed by water of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone. Elk Horn is the largest Danish settlement in the US.





Book your next event at an award winning facility* Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center and Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf

1777 Isle Pkwy • Bettendorf • IA • 52722 800-724-5825 • Fax: 563-441-7132 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: Over 40,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 950 Largest room sq. ft.: 14,190 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: Farraddays’® Restaurant casual dining, Calypso’s® Buffet - all-you-can-eat buffet, Tradewinds Marketplace® - sandwich shop


At the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention CenterSM and Isle® Casino Hotel Bettendorf we offer over 40,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. Our ballrooms are beautifully decorated and can be broken into multiple rooms for smaller meetings - we can accommodate groups from 50 to 1,500. The Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center also houses a business center and boardroom. We are fully integrated with current audio/video digital computer technology and wireless Internet access. Not to mention a full-service, on-site catering staff. The Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center are easily accessible from I-74, I-80, I-280 and I-88 and just minutes away from the Quad City International Airport. Book your event today by calling 1-800-724-5825 and ask to be connected to our sales department. *Awarded 2009 & 2010 Best of MidAmerica by the readers of Meetings MidAmerica.

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

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

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

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.

Comfort Suites

1780 Stonegate Center Dr • Burlington • IA • 52601 319-753-1300 • Fax: 319-753-1312 •

Burlington’s Premiere Wedding and Corporate Venue

Burlington • Flexible space for up to 500 • Audiovisual equipment available • Wireless high-speed internet • Special group guest room rates available

Comfort Suites and Conference Center located on the Mighty Mississippi River in Burlington, Ia., is the place for your next conference, meeting, wedding or event in Southeast Iowa. Burlington and the Mississippi offer many activities from concerts and arts programs to gambling in The Catfish Bend Casino. Comfort Suites has won numerous hospitality Choice awards for excellence in customer service. Full-service restaurant and lounge on site. 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible space awaits your event. The professional and polished staff will make your event seamless and stress free for you. Convenience, pricing and professional service makes booking a conference or meeting at Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center the PROUD Choice. Call today 319-753-1300.

Burlington Howard Johnson Hotel

2759 Mt. Pleasant St • Burlington • IA • 52601 319-237-8000 • Fax: 319-237-1380 •

#1 Venue for Meetings, Weddings, Receptions and Parties Howard Johnson Hotel located near Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, IA has one of the most elegant banquet and meeting halls in the area. We can host any of your conferences, meetings, weddings, reunions, receptions, pool parties, etc. We have a separate bar for our banquets - preferred by most of the wedding receptions, with a separate entrance through a magnificent reception lobby where your guests can meet for hors d’oeuvres. We provide free Hot Breakfast for our overnight guests. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. All our rooms have 32” flat screen HDTV’s. We have one of the best indoor heated pools in town, and a cozy hot tub. Our Tiki Bar is where our guests get to mingle over drinks. Our friendly professional staff and very reasonable prices will make your event a memorable one. Call today to reserve at 319-237-8000.



Area rooms: 644


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Meet at the Shore & Explore! Clear Lake CVB • Libbey Patton

PO Box 188 • Clear Lake • IA • 50428 641-357-2159 • Fax: 641-357-8141 • Airport: Mason City Municipal - 1 mile Area hotel rooms: 500 Attractions nearby: Surf Ballroom & Museum Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, & Ritchie Valens Plane Crash Site Cerro Gordo Wind Farm Fort Custer Maze Fire Museum Arts Center Central Gardens Lady of the Lake Paddleboat Iowa Trolley Park Meeting facilities: Best Western Central Gardens Community Centers Knoer Lodge Lakeview Room PM Park Surf Ballroom & Museum VFW Saratoga Post 4868


Clear Lake is North Iowa’s place to meet! Located midway between Des Moines & Minneapolis on I-35, you will find small town charm and big city conveniences for your next meeting or retreat. Clear Lake is home to a wide array of meeting facilities, 10 hotels, plus bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals! Picturesque lakeside meeting rooms, the historic Surf Ballroom & Museum, and a full-service hotel and conference center allow you the freedom to choose your surroundings to set the tone for your event. There is so much to explore in Clear Lake and the surrounding area. Fabulous shopping, dining, water sports, fishing, biking, and cultural attractions give you several after-meeting activities for all ages and tastes. Outdoor festivals and events, including Thursdays on Main, give your group good reason to extend your stay into the weekend! Hometown charm, mixed with the amenities you expect, is what you will find when hosting your meeting, retreat or reunion in Clear Lake. Our visitors appreciate the breathtaking scenery, historical perspective, and friendly people that we are known for. We invite you to call and allow us to help plan your next event!

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Council Bluffs

Meet Best in the West Council Bluffs CVB • Josee Beier, Director of Convention Sales

149 West Broadway • PO Box 1565 Council Bluffs • IA • 51501 800-228-6878 • Direct: 712-256-5653 • Fax: 712-322-5698 • Area rooms: 2,300 Major meeting facilities: Mid-America Center, Ameristar Casino Hotel, Holiday Inn at Ameristar, Harrah’s Casino Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Attractions: Bass Pro Outdoor World, Bayliss Park and Veterans Plaza, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Children’s Square, Commemorative Air Force Museum, Ditmars Orchard, Historic General Dodge House, Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, Kanesville Tabernacle, Lewis & Clark Monument, RailsWest Museum, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Western Historic Trails Center, Western Iowa Wine Trails

Our Convention and Visitors Bureau is devoted to promoting Council Bluffs, Iowa, as a surprising, affordable location for small to mid-sized meetings and conventions. Our CVB is known for exceptional personalized service, including bid proposals, site visits, planning assistance, bags and name badges specific to your group. Council Bluffs is centrally located, at the intersection of I-80 and I-29, and just 10 minutes from the Omaha Eppley airport. Free parking and ample amenities make us a Midwest favorite! At the heart of our meeting space is the Mid-America Convention Center with over 66,000 sq. ft. of smoke-free meeting space, 13,500 sq. ft. of prefunction space, eight breakout rooms, and two ballrooms. Plus 9,000 sq. ft. of arena hosts multiple concerts, arena football, and more. Connected to the Mid-America Center is the 133 room Country Inn and Suites. Across the parking lot, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott features 151 rooms, and the Holiday Inn Express, Microtel, Hilton Garden Inn, are steps away. Council Bluffs has three distinct casinos, a 16 screen cinema and 3D IMAX, a Go Kart indoor track, 20 area museums, shopping areas with names you know and boutiques, and multiple new restaurants to satisfy every taste.



We’re Connected! Quad Cities Event Center • Marcy Hyder

136 E. Third St. • Davenport • IA • 52801 563-326-8503 • Fax: 563-326-8505 •


•Meeting space sq. ft.: 116,000 •Meeting rooms: 27 •Grand ballrooms: 4 •Largest room sq. ft.: 33,400 •Restaurants in complex: 2 •Guest rooms: 351 •All facilities connected by climate-controlled skywalk

The Quad Cities Event Center combines four first-class facilities into one large, flexible and climate-controlled complex. The connected facilities include Davenport’s RiverCenter, the unique and historic Art Deco Adler Theatre, the newly refurbished Hotel Blackhawk and Radisson Quad City Plaza. The complex also features covered parking and park-like outdoor green spaces. The Quad Cities’ metro is one of the most affordable and surprising destinations for events in the Midwest. Attendees can expect to find all of the amenities expected from an area with a population rivaling Pittsburgh or New Orleans. From musical events at the renovated riverfront to gaming options, museums and fine art, fun and affordable activities abound. With the re-opening of the elegant and historic Hotel Blackhawk, the complex provides unparalleled flexibility to accommodate meetings and conventions for groups as small as 15 to over 3,000. Diverse venues provide the perfect backdrop for everything from industrial shows to formal black tie affairs. Personalized event coordination and new catering with in-house master chefs combined with inhouse audiovisual equipment/support and decorating make every event a truly remarkable experience. To learn more about the Quad Cities Event Center and the full range of Quad Cities’ attractions, visit us online at


The Center of Exceptional Meetings RiverCenter/Adler Theatre • Marcy Hyder

136 E. Third St. • Davenport • IA • 52801 563-326-8500 • Fax: 563-326-8505 • 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: Restaurants at the attached Hotel Blackhawk and Radisson Quad City Plaza.

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. The facility is attached to the historic and newly renovated Hotel Blackhawk and also to the Radisson Quad City Plaza. 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


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The Quad Cities Hip & Historic Landmark Hotel Hotel Blackhawk • Lindsay Thul

Rooms/suites: 130 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 2

Once host to US Presidents, movie stars, and athletes, the newly renovated Hotel Blackhawk is once again the place to see and be seen. Originally built in 1915, this downtown Davenport hotel has been restored to its former grandeur, transporting guests to a time when the world moved more slowly and life was less complex. Yet while our historic character has been maintained, modern conveniences can be found throughout the hotel, including flat-screen televisions and wireless Internet access in all 130 guestrooms and suites, as well as on-site state-of-theart fitness and business centers, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, bowling alley and game room. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, or relax in the cocktail lounge or coffee shop. For special events, our Davenport Iowa hotel offers the historic Gold Room, which can accommodate up to 300 guests.


Wireless internet in every meeting room State-of-the-art sound system Several room configurations to accommodate multiple needs Centrally located between Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux City A list of licensed caterers available to suit any palate or budget Located on Majestic Hills Golf Course, a public 18-hole course Boulders Inn conveniently located on the same property

Boulders Conference Center

2507 Boulders Drive

Denison, IA 51442




200 E 3rd St • Davenport • IA • 52801-1635 563-484-5901 • Fax: 563-322-5010

Des Moines

Connect in Des Moines Greater Des Moines CVB

400 Locust St, Ste 265 • Des Moines • IA • 50309-2350 800-451-2625 • 515-286-4960 • Fax: 515-244-9757


Area rooms: 10,000+ Nearest airport: Des Moines International Airport Major meeting facilities: Iowa Events Center Iowa State Fairgrounds Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Attractions: Jordan Creek Town Center John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Blank Park Zoo Iowa Speedway Science Center of Iowa Adventureland Park & Adventure Bay Water Park Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Living History Farms Bass Pro Shops Iowa State Capitol World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Connect in Des Moines! Iowa’s capital city is celebrating the opening of Iowa’s largest convention center in January 2012. The Iowa Events Center is a state-of-the-art, extravagant facility with 226,000 sq. ft. of space, 37 meeting rooms and a 28,730 sq. ft. ballroom all connected to four miles of skywalks in Downtown Des Moines. Greater Des Moines also boasts the beautiful, new World Food Prize Hall of Laureates along with many meeting facilities located throughout the city offering unique settings for small groups or large conventions. The city’s central location at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 80 make the city easily accessible from any direction. Greater Des Moines offers more than 10,000 sleeping rooms, locally-owned, fantastic restaurants and a variety of affordable attractions including the world famous Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and Iowa State Fair. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB) is the official convention, sports and visitor resource for Greater Des Moines. The GDMCVB was recently awarded a prestigious Meetings and Conventions 2011 Gold Service Award and is at your service to help plan memorable meetings and events. Submit an RFP today and connect in Des Moines for your next successful event!

Des Moines

The Iowa Events Center is a 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

Hy-Vee Hall - New Convention Center - Wells Fargo Arena Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,000-226,000 Meeting rooms: 37 Reception capacity: 8-2,600 Arena seating: 17,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 150,000 Golf course nearby: 4 nearby Onsite restaurant: 1


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. The new convention center space will open its doors this January after a $42 million renovation project which added a multi-purpose 28,730 square foot ballroom and 27 additional meeting rooms to the complex. 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. Spacious pre-function areas, wireless and fiber-optic connections and a variety of show offices and storage space await each meeting professional. 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

301 Bell St • Dubuque • IA • 52001 563-690-4854 or 800-582-5956 • Fax: 563-690-4801 •

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 and 17 table games, the casino is THE place for sizzling casino 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



When it comes to Dubuque, GRAND is an understatement! Grand River Center • Sue Moran

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

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-to-ceiling 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 and Wireless •Complete event coordination •High Standards of excellent service internet access •Self-service business center 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 •Play at the Diamond Jo Casino or the Mystique Casino sq. ft. indoor waterpark •Escape to the nostalgic Field of Dreams, •Stroll on the expansive patio and the historic “Shops at Galena” or the riverwalk overlooking the scenic Bluffs of Dubuque Mississippi River •Learn the marvels of the Mississippi at •Take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque paddlewheel replica the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium



HISTORIC CHARACTER - MODERN REFINEMENT Hotel Julien Dubuque • Mark Czeshinski

200 Main St • Dubuque • IA • 52001 563-556-4200 • Fax: 563-582-5023


Rooms/suites: 110/23 Meeting space sq. ft.: 15,121 Meeting rooms: 8 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Several Onsite restaurants: 1 Onsite spa: Potosa Spa

Experience this remarkable boutique hotel, offering the area’s most elegant accommodations and impeccable service. After a $30+ million complete renovation, the Hotel Julien Dubuque is now a true landmark of luxury and sophistication. The hotel’s contemporary elegance and sumptuous comfort complement the grandeur of the historic Old Main District, which is home to many of the incredible sights and cultural experiences the region has to offer. 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 Potosa 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 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.

Le Mars

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

40 Central Ave SE • Le Mars • IA • 51031 712-548-4971 • Fax: 712-548-4976 • 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 Le Mars Sportsman’s Club Attractions: Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum 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 & water park Riverview Complex 13 parks


Welcome to Le Mars, Iowa - “The Ice Cream Capital of the World®.” We are a progressive and aggressive city committed to an improved quality of life and a prosperous climate for economic development. 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. Host your next meeting or convention at one of our beautiful facilities or elegant banquet halls. The Le Mars Convention Center and Willow Creek Golf Course are just two of the many premier locations that can accommodate groups of any size and scope. Whether you’re planning a small corporate meeting, wedding, trade show, holiday gathering, or any other occasion, Le Mars has the venue that is as unique as your custom event. We are a community rich in cultural and historical treasures. After your meeting, let your members escape to enjoy our 13 parks and newly completed nine mile Recreation Trail which provides a variety of year-round activities for people of all ages. Or, check out the area’s only 27-hole golf course, Willow Creek, which offers a links style design. Take a stroll through the Plymouth County Historical Museum, vibrant Arts Center, or the “Ice Cream Capital of the World” Museum and Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Hungry? Enjoy our fine dining establishments, which offer varied cuisine that’s sure to please every palate and wallet. When planning your next event, remember: Big or small, Le Mars has it all. Visit Le Mars… Where life is sweet!

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Marshalltown Marshalltown CVB • Shannon Espenscheid

709 S Center St • Marshalltown • IA • 50158 641-753-6645 • Fax: 641-752-8373 •

Make it your destination.

Area rooms: over 525 Airport: Des Moines International Major meeting facilities: Best Western Regency Inn and Iowa Valley Community College

Planning a large convention or a smaller intimate meeting? The Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help assist you with your planning questions. See our Marshalltown Facilities Guide for a complete list of meeting, convention, and event locations. Whether you are meeting at the Best Western Regency Inn & Conference Center, at Iowa Valley Continuing Education, the new Student Activity Center, hosting an event at the Martha Ellen Tye Playhouse, Orpheum Theatre Center or the MHS/Community Auditorium the Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you make your event a success.


Meet With Confidence Okoboji Tourism Committee • Stacy Rosemore

PO Box 215 • Okoboji • IA • 51355 800-270-2574 • Fax: 712-332-7714 •

Area rooms: 1,400 Major meeting facilities with lodging: Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, The Inn at Okoboji, and Village West Resort Attractions: Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Queen II Excursion Boat, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Maritime Museum, Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Okoboji Summer Theatre, trails, 6 area golf courses, water recreation, and much more!

Business guests of Okoboji will find it is the ideal location for meetings, conventions, and group getaways. With over 45,000 square feet of meeting space and over 1,400 sleeping rooms - Okoboji can accommodate all your needs. Along with all the services needed for a productive, successful meeting there are also many miles of trails, shopping, water recreation, museums, and much more. Bring the family and make it much more than a business trip! For more information on meeting and lodging facilities visit: or call 1-800-270-2574. The Okoboji Tourism Committee can help YOU get started on planning your next meeting. We guarantee you can “Meet with Confidence” in Okoboji!

The Inn at Okoboji • Laurie Colt, Sales and Marketing Manager 3301 Lakeshore Dr • Okoboji • IA • 51355 877-265-4386 Ext 136 • Fax: 712-332-2714 •

Your Business is Our Pleasure!

Okoboji Rooms/Suites: 156 Reception Capacity: 300 Event Space: 9,500 sq. ft.+ Outdoor Events Spaces: YES Golf Onsite: YES & Partner Rates nearby Dining/Drinks Onsite: YES Seasonal Lodging: April - Oct. Events & Catering: YEAR-ROUND

You are always welcome at The Inn at Okoboji! Social, Corporate, Association and Military groups join thousands of vacationers each year at The Inn. With over 9,500 sq. ft. of flexible indoor/outdoor event space and 156 guest rooms, The Inn is a surprisingly affordable Lakefront Resort destination. Always focused on meeting the changing expectations of our guests, The Inn combines traditional charm with over-the-top customer service. With an incredible array of amenities on-site and partnerships with favorite local attractions, The Inn offers something for everyone. Explore our website to discover the possibilities for yourself… Attractions: Water Sports, Rentals, Amusement Parks, Golf, Tennis, Trails, Music, Art, Shopping & Entertainment



Attractions: 12 level tree house, restored Orpheum Theater, Fisher Community Center Art Gallery, Grimes Farm & Conservation Center


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Spencer Clay County Regional Events Center • Scott Hallgren

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

Delivering Outstanding Experiences

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

Outstanding experiences in a small town location? That’s what we do best. Full-service facilities, smalltown personalities and conveniently located at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa. Need a location near the Iowa Great Lakes? Only 15 miles south of Lake Okoboji, Iowa’s greatest tourist attraction, makes the Clay County Regional Events Center a perfect place for your event. Our venue includes a 7,600 sq. ft. grand ballroom, divisible into 6 meeting rooms, and a 24,000 sq. ft. arena/exhibit hall. Please check us out at for booking and planning information. Attractions: Art studios, antique shops, golf courses, parks, bike trails, camping, outdoor recreation


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Where good times are a rich tradition. Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Rooms/suites: 400+ Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 5

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel is one of the most prominent destination properties in the Midwest. The Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center is proud to offer over 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Our facility will provide your guests with the best surroundings, 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 and productive meeting with no surprises. If you need a venue where your group can stay overnight, we have over 400 hotel rooms! Enjoy yourself during your stay by using our indoor pool or pamper yourself in our Winding Stream Spa and Salon. Meskwaki offers five venues for your dining pleasure, from a steakhouse to a buffet. When your meeting is complete, we have everything your group needs to have a good time. Meskwaki features Las Vegas-style gaming with over 1,400 slot machines, Keno, Racebook, Bingo, Poker and a variety of table games including favorites like Craps, Roulette and Blackjack. With all these amenities… why would you go anywhere else? Contact one of our conference professionals today to coordinate all aspects of your meeting. We are excited for you to experience Meskwaki!


Break Free from the Ordinary! Waterloo CVB • Erin Schmitz, CMP

500 Jefferson St • Waterloo • IA • 50701 800-728-8431 • 319-233-2733 •

Area hotel rooms: 2,200 Nearest airport: Waterloo Regional Airport - 4 miles Major meeting facilities: Isle Casino Hotel - 5,000 sq. ft., Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center - 40,000 sq. ft. Attractions: Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Lost Island Water Park, Cedar Valley Trail System, Grout Museum District, Waterloo Center for the Arts, John Deere Operations, Galleria De Paco, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Wrestling Museum, College & Regional Sports

Waterloo, Iowa is the perfect location for your next meeting or convention! Choose from an array of unique and affordable facilities that provide the right ambiance and amenities to accommodate your event’s needs. Your attendees can enjoy spectacular attractions and entertainment, great lodging and dining options, and fantastic shopping and outdoor recreation. Explore 100+ miles of paved recreational trails, learn about the history of the Five Sullivan Brothers at the Grout’s Iowa Veterans Museum, discover arts and culture at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, take a tour through John Deere Operations, or experience dining like never before at Galleria De Paco. Waterloo is easily accessible from every location in the Midwest. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstate 380 and Highways 218, 63 and 20, and just minutes from Waterloo Regional Airport. We’ll help make the planning process easy and ensure a successful event that you will be proud of. Visit or call us at (800) 7288431, and ask about our grant program for non-profit organizations hosting their event in Waterloo. See how you can break free from the ordinary in Waterloo!



1504 305th St • Tama • Iowa • 52339 641-484-2108 • Fax: 641-484-1618 •

Photo Credit: John Noltner

At the Cosmosphere Space Camp in Hutchinson, kids can take control of one of the many spacecrafts featured.

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aving just celebrated 150 years of statehood, Kansas boasts a plethora of entertainment and activities for all ages! Travel state byways with 680 miles through welcoming communities and memorable scenery, watch history

unfold onto the landscape at the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant, walk the boardwalk and take the kids on rides at the Kansas State Fair, or visit one of the 24 state parks in the great state. If adventure is your style, partake in one of many cattle drives where you can discover the rich history of Kansas. From westward expansion along the Oregon, California and storied Santa Fe Trails to the cattle trails from Texas along the Chisholm and Great Western Trails that created Wild West towns like Wichita and Dodge City, you can find history alive today. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Topeka

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

Admission to Statehood: January 29, 1861 as 34th state

Time Zones: Central and Mountain Area Codes: 316, 620, 785, 913

State Tree: Cottonwood State Flower: Sunower

Leading Industry: Agriculture, Manufacturing and Mining

Resident’s Name: Kansan

Kansas: The Sunflower State Governor: Sam Brownback (R) Capital: Topeka Population: 2,853,118 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Kansas Tourism:

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Visitors enjoy the dam spillway at Lake Lenexa in Black Hoof Park in Lenexa.

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The botanical gardens in Topeka feature 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees.

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The Kansas Speedway in Kansas City hosts the state’s only Nascar races.

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At the Old Cowtown Museum there’s a good chance to run into a cowboy!

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The Forest of Friendship in Atchison honors aviation heroes including Amelia Earhart.


Big Brutus, Crawford, a 16 story, 11 million pound, 150 ft. long boom, is the largest electric shovel in the world.

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Events & Festivals

150 Things I Love About Kansas, Topeka - January-December

Classic Movie Nights at the Granada Theatre, Emporia - September-December

Wild West Festival, Hays - July

Blue Grass Concert, Abilene - September

Martin & Osa Johnson Traveling Exhibit, Independence July-September

Kansas Cattle Drive, Kingman - September

Don’t Miss

Overland Park Arboretum Sculpture Exhibit, Overland Park

Sante Fe Trail, Dodge City

Kansas Auto Racing Museum, Chapman

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan Wildcats of the World, Salina

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, Hutchinson

Grassroots Arts Center, Lucas

T-REX, Kansas City

Famous For...

The first woman mayor of the United States was Susan Madora Salter who was elected to office in Argonia, KS, in 1887. Kansas inventors include Almon Stowger of El Dorado who invented the dial telephone in 1889; William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland who invented the helicopter in 1909; and Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville who invented the first frozen carbonated drink machine in 1961. Wyatt Earp, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and William B. “Bat” Masterson were three of the legendary lawmen who kept the peace in Kansas frontier towns Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays and Wichita. The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Kansas Presbyterian minister who believed in eating whole-wheat flour products.




Dodge City

Get the Heck INTO Dodge! Dodge City CVB • Jan Stevens

400 W Wyatt Earp Blvd • Dodge City • KS • 67801 620-225-8186 • Fax: 620-225-8268 •

Area rooms: 960 Nearest airport: Dodge City Regional Airport - 2 miles Major meeting facilities: Magouirk Conference Center & United Wireless Arena, Dodge House Hotel Convention Center, Dodge City Civic Center Attractions: Boot Hill Museum, Boot Hill Casino, Depot Theater, Dodge City Raceway Park


Come Relive a Legend in Dodge City! When you “Get the Heck INTO Dodge” you’ll find everything you need to ensure a memorable time. Dodge City offers the perfect retreat, plenty of peace and quiet for a productive meeting, and when your business is done, the charm and excitement of the Old West are close at hand! With over 30 meeting facilities able to accommodate smaller intimate groups up to 1,000 participants and more, Dodge City has what you need. The new state-of-the-art Magouirk Conference Center and United Wireless Arena is ready to serve your conference and meeting needs. Boot Hill Casino, located next door, is the perfect leisure spot to unwind after your business day. And if the gaming floor doesn’t strike your fancy, how about a visit to world famous Boot Hill Museum and a visit with our own Miss Kitty, or site tours on our historic trolley, Depot Theater Company’s dinner theater, Dodge City Raceway Park and so much more. The Dodge City 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. What are you waiting for? GET THE HECK INTO DODGE!

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Meet in the Middle Emporia CVB • Susan Rathke

719 Commercial • Emporia • KS • 66801 620-342-1803 • Fax: 620-342-3223

Major meeting facilities: Emporia State University Memorial Union Bowyer Community Building Best Western Hospitality House Guest House Inn & Conference Center Granada Theatre Flint Hills Technical College Attractions: Emporia Arts Center Granada Theatre David Traylor Zoo All Veterans Memorial William Allen White House State Historic Site

Tired of the big city? Too much traffic and too many people? Escape to a more relaxed environment for a comfortable, convenient, and affordable event site. Emporia is your Front Porch to the Flint Hills, situated between the major cities in Kansas. With easy access on Interstate 35, US Hwy 50, and KS Hwy 99, drive in for your day-long or multi-day meeting or convention. Large spaces for tradeshows, convention hotels, special events at local attractions, and good food await you in Emporia. Check out the new Bowyer Community Building and the newly renovated ESU Memorial Union, both state of the art facilities. Choose Emporia and “meet in the middle.” Bring us your event, we’ll bring you Chocolate! Call the Emporia CVB to find out how!


Hays Hays CVB • Janet Kuhn

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

Small Town Charm - Big Time Fun!

Area rooms: 1,200 Airport: Hays Regional - 2 miles/Wichita Mid-Continent - 2.5 hours Major meeting facilities: Ellis County Fairgrounds, Fort Hays State University, Fox Pavilion, Hadley Center, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Ramada Hays Convention Center

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



Area rooms: 700

Junction City

Natural by Nature Junction City - Fort Riley - Milford - Grandview Plaza Geary County CVB • Connie Hall

823 N. Washington St • Junction City • KS • 66441 Ph: 800-528-2489 Ext 42 • Fax: 785-238-2313 •


Area rooms: 1,162 Facilities: Courtyard by Marriott Geary County Convention Center, 112 rooms, 6 suites, 16,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 3,000 and 1,000 sq. ft. meeting space, 2 Board rooms, 2,600 sq. ft. additional meeting space, full-time Chef and kitchen Attractions: US Cavalry Museum Custer House Historic Fort Riley Milford Lake Rolling Meadows Golf Course C. L. Hoover Opera House 1st Infantry Division Museum Milford Nature Center Undercover Show Military Simulators Ghost Tours and more

Junction City offers great meetings made easy! Our combination of affordability, accessibility and commitment to outstanding service will drive attendance at your next convention! The Geary County CVB specializes in custom designed assistance which includes many complimentary services for your specific needs. Our wide variety of recreational, historical and military experiences make it easy for you to plan a productive and successful convention. The Geary County Convention Center is staffed by professional sales and banquet managers, Chef and meal preparations. The facility is attached to the Courtyard by Marriott, a 119 room facility with five other properties within walking distance. Meet with us where meetings are easy!

Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas Kansas City Kansas CVB

PO Box 171517 Kansas City • KS • 66117 800-264-1563 • Fax: 913-371-0204 • Area rooms: 1,670 Nearest airport: Kansas City International (MCI) - 17.29 miles Major meeting facilities: Reardon Convention Center Attractions: Kansas Speedway, Legends Outlets-Kansas City, Cabela’s, Nebraska Furniture Mart, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, Great Wolf Lodge - KC’s Premier Indoor Waterpark, Moon Marble Company, Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, Community America Ballpark, Livestrong Sporting Park


Whether you’re planning a convention, major business meeting, or just need some event space… We have what you’re looking for! Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County are located on the banks where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. In Kansas City Kansas you’ll find unique convention and meeting facilities mixed with a variety of oneof-a-kind attractions. The Reardon Convention Center, conveniently linked to the Hilton Garden Inn, offers a restaurant onsite to compliment the 147 guestrooms for your use. No matter the size, we will accommodate your event. With 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 Legends Outlets-Kansas City are only a few of the sites waiting to welcome your next event. Many national and local restaurants are located in Kansas City, Kansas for your dining experiences. From barbecue to steaks, we have something for everyone! The Kansas City, Kansas - Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to assist you in making your event a memorable one. Make plans now to visit us soon for your next event.

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Meet in Manhattan, The Little Apple®! Manhattan Kansas CVB • Christy Chase

Area rooms: 1,179 Major meeting facilities: Clarion Hotel, Holiday Inn at the Campus, Houston Street Ballroom, Kansas State University: K-State Alumni Center, K-State Student Union, Manhattan Conference Center, Union Pacific Train Depot, Wareham Opera House Attractions: Aggieville (Kansas’ oldest shopping district), The Beach Museum Of Art, Big XII athletics, Konza Prairie, K-State Gardens, Manhattan Town Center, Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery, Sunset Zoo

Tucked amongst the amber waves of grain and bison-spotted hillsides of Northeast Kansas you will find Manhattan, The Little Apple®, where idyllic meeting space waits for you. Your meeting requirements may range from traditional meeting space to unique venues, but Manhattan’s flexible options will provide you the perfect space. With over 1,100 hotel rooms, bed and breakfast inns, as well as retreat centers, you will choose from an array of amenities and rates. Manhattan’s newest meeting space, the Manhattan Conference Center, partnering with a new Hilton Garden Inn offers more than 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Opening in April, 2012, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will showcase interactive exhibits on the Flint Hills as well as beautiful meeting space designed to complement the Convention Center. In addition to great meeting space, traveling to Manhattan is simplified with direct daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare. This makes it effortless for speakers and attendees to meet in Manhattan. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau will support your planning for a conference of 15 to a convention of 1,000! The professional staff of the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau will assist you as you determine function space, transportation, lodging and accessibility to area attractions. Make Manhattan your meeting destination!



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

McPherson McPherson CVB

306 N Main St • McPherson • KS • 67460 800-324-8022 • Fax: 620-241-8708 •

Where YOU matter … McPherson

Area rooms: 425 Airport: Wichita Mid-Continent Airport - 55 miles Meeting facilities: Holiday Manor Best Western, The Cedars Conference Center, EconoLodge/ Perkins, McPherson Opera House

Personalized attention and top-notch customer service will make your McPherson meeting an enjoyable, stress-free experience. Chef-catered meals, remodeled facilities and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment create the perfect setting for your next meeting. Centrally located on I-135 and Hwy 56, McPherson is less than 300 miles from every city in Kansas. Contact the CVB for a free convention planner, itinerary assistance, entertainment scheduling and convention incentives and giveaways. Attractions: McPherson Opera House, McPherson Water Park, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, McPherson College Auto Restoration Program, All Schools Day (May), McPherson Scottish Festival (Sept.)


The Crossroads to Adventure. Olathe. KS Olathe CVB • Ashley Arnold

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

Olathe is home to big city adventures and small town escapes. Here, you will find a plethora of activities and attractions perfect for groups of all sizes Airport: Kansas City and interests, just minutes from downtown Kansas City. Plus, Olathe offers International - 35 miles the lowest guest tax rates and is home to some of the most affordable hotels in the city. Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn/Olathe, Bell With citizens that embody Midwestern hospitality, Olathe is big on local Center, Ball Conference charm. We offer unique meeting facilities ranging from hotel conference Center centers to team building retreat facilities; golf courses to historic sites. Group Attractions: tours, team-building and down-time activities include experiencing early Mahaffie Stage Coach pioneer life at the Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop and Historic Site, local live Stop, Deaf Cultural theatre productions, Timber Ridge Adventure Center and European indoor Center, Shopping, racing. Enjoy modern flavors such as world-renowned art museums, culinary Dining, All of Kansas City and shopping experiences found throughout the metro. If you are looking for an experience your business group will never forget, Olathe is your perfect destination. The Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to ensuring that you are able to provide the best experience for your guests. Please contact us at 1-800-921-5678 to start planning your meeting today or visit us on the web at for all of your planning needs. Welcome to our town. Welcome to Olathe. Area rooms: 1,128

Pittsburg Crawford County CVB • B.J. Harris

PO Box 1115 • Pittsburg • KS • 66762 620-231-1212 • Fax: 620-231-3178 •

Make a Crawford County Connection

Area rooms: 461 Major meeting facilities: Memorial Auditorium, PSU Overman Student Center, Crestwood Country Club, Holiday Inn Express, Lamplighter Inn and Suites, Parrot Bey

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an affordable, relaxing weekend getaway, or a daytrip; a week’s worth of outdoor recreation or championship sports, you’ll find it in Crawford County, Kansas. Crawford County features a unique blend of history, heritage, art, culture and recreation. After a day of meetings in any of our premier facilities, you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained for the day, night or entire week! Visit us at Attractions: Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Crawford County Historical Museum, Corona Depot & Railroad Museum, Big Brutus, Miner’s Memorial & Immigrant Park


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

Area rooms: 2,000 Nearest airport: Salina Municipal - 5 miles, Wichita Mid Continent - 87 miles Meeting facilities: Salina Bicentennial Center, Ramada Convention Center, Courtyard by Marriott, Rolling Hills Conference Center, Quality Inn & Suites Attractions: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Stiefel Theatre, Community Theatre, Golf

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 interstates 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 working ranch. 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


800 The Midway • PO Box 1727 Salina • KS • 67402 785-826-7200 or 1-888-826-SHOW

Nicknamed “Mid-America’s Meeting Place,” the Salina Bicentennial Center has been taking care of busy meeting planners since the facility opened in 1979 at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135 in northcentral Kansas. With more than 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, the Bicentennial Center is a flexible, centrally located venue. The Center annually hosts regional events including No-Till On The Plains, the Mid-America Farm Expo, the Salina Homebuilder’s Association Home & Garden Show, and the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, serving up to 2,000 guests. A 7,500-seat, multi-use arena that easily converts into an auditorium, theatre, or exhibition hall is one of the Center’s primary meeting spaces. Additionally, the newly remodeled, 17,000+ sq. ft. Heritage Hall can accommodate about 100 vendors in an easily accessible, ground-floor setting. The Hall seats 1,000 for meals or up to 2,000 theatrestyle, and also can be configured into four separate spaces with floor-to-ceiling, sound-resistant walls. The Center’s upper level features eight meeting rooms with numerous configurations, all with enhanced audio-visual capabilities. The adjacent, two-story Atrium is ideal for breaks and networking. The Bicentennial Center also offers delicious in-house catering at high quality and affordable pricing, providing satisfying meals and break service for many conferences, wedding receptions, and holiday or special-occasion parties each year. For more information, call (785) 826-7200, visit, or e-mail Advertising & Events Manager Kay Quinn at

Meeting Space: 40,000 sq. ft. Arena Seating: 7,500 Meeting Rooms: Eight Reception/Meal Capacity: 2,000 Catering Department

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




Topeka - A Capital Place! Visit Topeka Inc. • Joseph Lopez

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

Area rooms: 3,000 Major meeting facilities: Kansas Expocentre, Maner Conference Center and Capitol Plaza Hotel, Ramada Convention Center and Holiday Inn Holidome Attractions: Kansas State Capitol, Brown V. Board of Education Historic Site & Museum, Kansas Museum of History, Old Prairie Town, Charles Curtis House, Great Overland Station, Gage Park, Topeka Zoo, Heartland Park, Lake Shawnee


Your meeting belongs in America’s heartland. Come explore the capital city 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, one of the region’s premier convention facilities, which boasts 110,000 sq. ft. of flexible exhibit and meeting space and 2,500 free parking spaces. Topeka’s three convention hotels, the Capitol Plaza Hotel, the Holiday Inn Holidome, and the Ramada Convention Center offer impressive facilities that can accommodate your event needs. During your visit to Topeka enjoy our wide variety of attractions. From historic to entertaining, Topeka has something for everyone. Museums, historical sites, theatres, nature trails, botanical gardens, sport facilities and art galleries are located throughout the city, which means you’re never far from the action. So whether it’s hospitality, value, accessibility, premier meeting facilities or offsite entertainment, Topeka is a capital place for your event.

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Take a Closer Look at Wichita Go Wichita CVB • Dan Schemm, DOS

Area hotel rooms: 8,000 Entertainment nearby: Old Town red-brick warehouse district Five distinct shopping/ dining districts Museums on the River district Meeting facilities: Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center INTRUST Bank Arena Hartman Arena Area hotels

Take a closer look at Wichita. Big-city amenities at Midwestern prices! Our central location makes access simple, by land or air. We have 8,000 hotel rooms from luxury to economy. Our Convention Center boasts 200,000 square feet of exhibition space. INTRUST Bank Arena has the flexibility to host religious assemblies, tradeshows, and much more. We offer many other unique meeting venues. Great attractions and 1000+ restaurants make Wichita a true destination. If you’re looking for a unique and out-of-the-ordinary meeting space, how about meeting among wild animals? In an authentic Old West setting? Even in a renovated cathedral church? Wichita has a wide variety of unique spaces to give you an amazing meeting experience. We can assist you with all aspects of planning, including meeting site coordination, registration, activity planning, promotion, site tours, brochures, publicity, housing operations. Visit to start planning your next successful meeting.

Fun Facts: Easiest commute in the US - 18 minute average One of Kiplinger’s 10 Best Value Cities, 35 Museums, 24 Attractions, 20 Live Theaters, 34 Golf Courses, 1,000+ Restaurants, 8,000+ Hotel Rooms Affiliations: ASAE, RCMA, CMCA, HSMAI, SGMP, DMAI, RFN, PFA, MPI


Wichita DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Sheri Dierking

Rooms/suites: 302/11 Meeting space sq. ft.: 22,000 2098 Airport Rd • Wichita • KS • 67209-1941 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 1,000 316-945-1970 • Fax: 316-945-1937 Golf course nearby: 4 Onsite restaurants: 1

The DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport is located across from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. Whether visitors are seeking a convenient location for corporate travel, conventions or a weekend getaway, enjoy the warm hospitality of our staff and the comfort of luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton accommodations. Features include complimentary wireless internet and complimentary parking. Flexible meeting space can accommodate groups of 5 to 500 with ease. Executive Concierge level rooms include complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres (Sun-Thurs) and nightly turn-down service. Complimentary shuttle service within 3-mile radius.



515 S Main, Ste 115 • Wichita • KS • 67202 316-265-2800 • 800-288-9424 • Fax: 316-265-0162 •

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Located in Downtown Detroit, Comercia Park offers Tigers Baseball, a Ferris Wheel, a water feature in center field, and a museum enveloping the main concourse.

Welcome to



ounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair, water activities are plentiful in Michigan. The state is one of the leading US states for recreational boating and has the longest freshwater coastline in the

world. Michigan is a world-class scuba diving destination, including the Michigan Underwater Preserves with 11 underwater areas where wrecks are protected for the benefit of sport divers. If big-city fun is more your style, check out Detroit, the largest American city and metropolitan region to offer casino resorts, or Grand Rapids, home of a myriad of theatres and stages including the newly-reconstructed Civic Theatre, also known as the Meijer Majestic. Or play outdoors at some of the state’s forests, lakes ,and thousands of miles of beaches, which are top attractions. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Lansing

State Bird: Robin

Admission to Statehood: January 26, 1837 as 26th state

Time Zones: Eastern and Central

State Tree: Eastern White Pine State Flower: Apple Blossom

Area Codes: 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906 and 989 Leading Industry: Agriculture and Industry

Resident’s Name: Michiganians

Michigan: The Great Lakes State Governor: Rick Snyder (R) Capital: Lansing Population: 9,883,640 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

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Cross country skiing is an exciting passtime in Thompsonville.

Photo Credit: Marji Silk

Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park located at the Detroit River.

Photo Credit: Raymond J. Malace

The city of Au Sable features quaint lighthouses located along the Lake Au Sable.


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Originating in 1927, the Birmingham 8 movie theater in Birmingham still features family fun.

Photo Credit: Detroit Metro CVB

Excitement and enjoyment abound in the great Michigan city of Detroit.

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The Mackinaw suspension bridge connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

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Events & Festivals

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Festival, Detroit - January

Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti - July

Taste the Passion, Traverse City - February

Michigan’s Big Country Fest, Frankenmuth - July

Alpena Blues Festival, Alpena - June

Ann Arbor Art Walk, Ann Arbor - October

Don’t Miss

Southwestern Michigan’s Air Zoo, Kalamazoo

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids

Historic Mill Creek, Mackinaw City Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Hart

Horse Drawn Carriage Tours, Mackinac Island

Lansing City Market, Lansing

Michigan Jazz Trail Festival, Saginaw

Famous For... In 1817, the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit, the name was changed in 1821, then moved to Ann Arbor in 1841. Battle Creek is the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-air exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world and has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.


Brimley Bay Mills Resort & Casinos • Nadia Cottelit

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

The Resort for all Seasons, for all Reasons

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

Bay Mills Resort & Casinos is the perfect resort for your next event, be it a teambuilding conference, reunion, reception or a retreat for groups of ten to 300. With 5,000 sq. ft. of dividable meeting space, a 142-room waterfront hotel, RV park, two casinos, poker room, five restaurants and lounges and a championship 18-hole 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 upnorth 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


A Million Miles Away. Right Down The Street. MotorCity Casino Hotel • Michelle Duffy


2901 Grand River Ave • Detroit • MI • 48201 313-237-1589 • Fax: 313-961-3312 •

Rooms/suites: 400 Meeting space sq. ft.: 67,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 11,890 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 6

Whether you’re hosting a gala banquet with a sumptuous menu, or giving a cutting-edge audiovisual presentation, our meeting and banquet facilities will take your event to a new level. Our 67,000 sq. ft. conference and banquet facility includes a spacious pre-function area, seven meeting rooms and two boardrooms, each fully equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual, wireless internet and teleconferencing capabilities. For elegant affairs, from banquets to weddings, our dedicated meeting professionals and skilled culinary staff offer a level of customization and service that will exceed your expectations, ensuring that your event will be unforgettable. Reward your guests. With four hundred custom suites and rooms, MotorCity Casino Hotel is a fusion of art and luxury, offering unrivaled elegance with the latest in-room technology and amenities. Our rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, multi-line wireless speaker phones, 24hour in-room dining, luxury bedding with 300 thread-count Italian linens, marble bathrooms with Molton Brown™ bath amenities, a pillow library, and more. With spa and fitness facilities, and an endless array of dining and entertainment options all just footsteps away, you and your guests can plan on having it all. MotorCity Casino Hotel 866.STAY.MCC or

Drummond Island Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center

33494 S Maxton Rd • Drummond Island • MI • 49726 906-493-1050 • Fax: 906-493-5576 •

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, Scandinavian Sauna, Bikes, Kayaks, Hiking, Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Bonfires, Bowling, Great Room


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Grand Rapids

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

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

It’s no wonder the Amway Grand Plaza has become a premier destination for meetings and conventions in the Midwest, given our executive-level meeting accommodations, spectacular settings and state-of-the-art facilities that ensure your event’s success.

Meeting space sq. ft.: 47,000 Meeting rooms: 42 Reception capacity: 1,000 Golf courses nearby: 10 Onsite restaurants: 8

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

Grand Rapids

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

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

At the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, we believe that surpassing expectations is always much more rewarding than simply meeting them. For that reason, we’ve outfitted the JW with the finest in atypical business amenities and personalized event services. Rooms/suites: 337 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 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.



Rooms/suites: 682

Grand Rapids

Next to Nature Prince Conference Center • Valarie Cook

1800 E Beltline SE • Grand Rapids • MI • 49546-5951 866-526-7200 • Fax: 616-526-7210 •

Rooms/suites: 66/3 Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,500 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 400


Golf course nearby: 4

Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, yet conveniently located, is the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. The Prince Center provides a stress-free environment with state-of-the-art equipment for: • Meetings • Seminars • Retreats • Overnight accommodations Hospitality is our specialty which you and your guests will experience with: • Complimentary audio-visual equipment • Comfortable and clean hotel rooms • Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and airport shuttle • Affordable pricing structure • Fantastic cuisine • Free parking Our team of Event Coordinators assist you in arrangement for meals, equipment needs, overnight accommodation and all other necessities. Our professional staff will attend to every detail to ensure the success of your event.

Grand Rapids

Radisson Riverfront Hotel, Catering & Events Looking for a perfect spot to host your next special event or meeting? Consider Radisson On the River in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which features 2,585 square feet of exible meeting and banquet space. Ideal for a variety of events, our versatile meeting space functions as one large room or three fun smaller rooms. For added convenience, our meeting space features full audio/visual capabilities, specialized catering options, as well as complimentary pens/paper, mints and linens. Contact our Sales Ofce at 616-802-1202 to nd out how we can help make your next event successful and memorable.

• Located right off of US-131; less than 2 miles from downtown Grand Rapids • On-site restaurant, lounge, room service, and pool/spa. • Complimentary on-site parking and Bonded T-1's wireless internet. • 162 total guest rooms; 7 suites • 3 total meeting rooms capacity in • 200 person capaci reception space

Corporate Package: -Includes: Room, Screen, AV Cart, Mic, Coffee, Bagels or Mufns/Pastries, 1 Specialty Break. • 1-25 people: $600 • 25-50 people: $800 •LCD Projector Tax and Gratuity Included.

Radisson Grand Rapids Riverfront Hotel 270 Ann St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 1-800-333-3333 • Main: 616-363-9001 • Fax: 616-363-0670 •


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Discover Kalamazoo You’ll be back. We promise. Discover Kalamazoo • Mary Ridderman, DOS

Area hotel rooms: More than 3,000 Nearest airport: The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport is located just minutes from downtown Entertainment/attractions nearby: Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Gilmore Car Museum, golf, wineries, breweries, theatre, professional sports, annual festivals and events Meeting facilities: The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites offers 44,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 22 conference and banquet rooms. The Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground now offers 61,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.

Ask one person what they think about Kalamazoo and they’ll tell you it’s warm, welcoming, and helpful. Ask another and they’ll tell you we’re fun, exciting and friendly. One thing they’ll both tell you is this is where you need to hold your event. Impeccable service combined with a can-do attitude and a broad smile… it exists in everyone from the Discover Kalamazoo team to the hospitality professionals at your meeting venue. The Discover Kalamazoo team is expertly trained to provide you with the personalized service you deserve. You would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated group of people to ensure your event is a success. Broadway quality theater productions, charming wineries, ethnic festivals, eclectic shopping venues and the taste of a hand-crafted brew where everyone knows your name (or at least they will before the night is over) beckon your attendees when the work day is done. If you’re in the market for an off-site venue, Kalamazoo is home to attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Guests can take the controls of a jet aircraft at the Air Zoo, or learn what life was like at the summer home of W.K. Kellogg. So give us a call, or check us out online. We’ll introduce you to both sides of Kalamazoo. With more than 3,000 rooms to meet all preferences and budgets, there will always be a place for you in our home.


Clarion Hotel

(soon to be Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo) Clarion Hotel • Kathy Rubin

3600 E Clark St • Kalamazoo • MI • 49001 269-385-3922 • Fax: 269-385-2747 Rooms/suites: 149 Meeting space sq. ft.: 7,500 Meeting rooms: 7 Onsite restaurant: Yes Onsite catering: Yes Attractions: Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Aviation Museum, Kalamazoo Symphony, Western Michigan University, Echo Valley Winter Sports, Peterson All Natural Winery, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Bittersweet Ski Resort, Gilmore Classic Car Museum, Ski Area @ Timber Ridge, Firekeeper’s Casino

The Clarion Hotel Kalamazoo (soon to be the Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo) is conveniently located off I-94 halfway between Chicago and Detroit. Newly renovated and enhanced, the hotel offers business and leisure travelers full service amenities, including an on-site restaurant and bar, complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel, business center, indoor pool, and fitness center. We provide complimentary airport shuttles to/from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. Our experienced banquet staff will ensure your meeting’s needs are exceeded. With over 7,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, we can accommodate groups of various sizes. Our catering staff will delight your taste buds with our delicious menu items. Looking for off-site activities? The hotel is nearby Wings Stadium, ski resorts, casinos, theaters, as well as AirZoo and the Gilmore Car Museum - two of Kalamazoo’s unique attractions. Academy (two sections) - 3,360 sq. ft. • Fairmount - 1,600 sq. ft. • Bronson Boardroom - 304 sq. ft. • Ramona - 900 sq. ft. • Crane - 418 sq. ft. • Haverhill - 418 sq. ft. • Milham - 418 sq. ft.

“Let us make your next conference successful and effortless.”



141 E Michigan Ave, Ste 100 • Kalamazoo • MI • 49007 1-800-888-0509 • Fax: 269-488-0050


MI lansing

The Center of it All Lansing Center • Kent Lenzen

333 E Michigan Ave • Lansing • MI • 48933 517-483-7400 • Fax: 517-483-7439 •

Meeting space sq. ft.: 124,000 Meeting rooms: 12 Reception capacity: 15,000 Golf course nearby: 8 Onsite catering: Yes


For 25 years Lansing Center has remained a Midwest focal point. Situated along the picturesque Grand River, Lansing Center is centrally located within Michigan and less than five miles from Capital Region International Airport. From break-out rooms to ballrooms, this premier event facility features competitively priced, high-end amenities including: upgraded Wi-Fi infrastructure, award-winning in-house catering and prime space totaling more than 124,000 sq. ft. Lansing Center is located in a booming downtown district home to 40+ dining options, dozens of boutique shops—such as the historic Lansing City Market— and trendy night spots. Catch a ballgame across the street at Cooley Law School Stadium or indulge in the arts. Michigan State University and über-trendy Old Town Lansing, both cultural hotspots, are just five minutes away. Planners will also love our Greater Lansing CVB partnership, a connection to effortless hotel bookings, group shuttle options, area-business discounts and after-hours leisure activity planning. Grow your event by making it one to remember. Join us at Lansing Center and come see what it’s like to be The Center of It All.

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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 Rooms/suites: 270/22 Event center capacity: 1,700 Meeting space sq. ft.: 23,000 and 4 boardrooms

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.

Little River Casino Resort – More Fun Than Ever!

Little River Casino Resort features over 1,500 of the hottest slot machines, 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 Onsite restaurants: 3 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. Notes:

Muskegon Area rooms: 2,000 Airport: Muskegon County Airport 610 W Western Ave • Muskegon • MI • 49440 - 5 minutes 800-250-9283 • Fax: 231-724-1398 Meeting facilities: Holiday Inn, • Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Walker Arena, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts Experience The Lake Effect

Muskegon County CVB • Bob Lukens, CDME

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Muskegon County offers the perfect setting for your conference, training session, meeting or event. Experience 26 miles of sugar sand beaches and a great selection of restaurants, attractions and shops. Easy access is also a plus – Muskegon County is just a three-hour drive from Chicago and Detroit, or for a special event, take the Lake Express high-speed ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon in less than 2-1/2 hours. Several major meeting facilities host groups from 100 to 5,000, with over 2,000 hotel rooms available. Attractions: Hackley-Hume Historic Site, Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, Michigan’s Adventure, LST-393, the Port City Princess and Muskegon Museum of Art



Casino: Over 1,500 slot machines and table games


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 •

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


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, in-room CD players and complete audiovisual rentals.


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

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

Max. reception capacity: Indoor capacity: 250 Outdoor capacity: 250 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 80 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 audiovisual rental selections, on-site food and beverage services, and of course, those famous million dollar sunsets.

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shelbyville Bay Pointe Inn Lakefront Resort • Mariesa Colavincenzo 11456 Marsh Rd • Shelbyville • MI • 49344 888-486-5253 • Fax: 269-672-5970 •

“One of Michigan’s Top Resorts”

Rooms/suites: 32/6 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,850 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 200 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 1

Bay Pointe Inn, “One of Michigan’s Top Resorts,” is centrally located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo in the heart of the 20,000-acre Yankee Springs Recreation Area. The full-service resort specializes in meetings, retreats, company picnics, reunions and lakefront weddings. Featuring designer inspired guestrooms and suites, a new state-of-the-art Banquet & Conference Center, Meeting Room, Lakefront Event Pavilion and Terrace Grille Restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking beautiful Gun Lake. Amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness area, marina, boat rentals, in-room massages, complimentary parking and continental breakfast. Located only ten minutes from the New Gun Lake Casino. Book your next event at West Michigan’s premier Corporate and Social Venue!


Traverse City Bayshore Resort • Jessica Lukomski

833 E Front St • Traverse City • MI • 49686 800-634-4401 • Fax: 231-935-0262 •

Experience the difference

Rooms/suites: 120 Meeting space sq. ft.: 3,406 Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 50 Golf courses nearby: 8

Bayshore Resort is a Victorian-style hotel on the beach of West Grand Traverse Bay within walking distance of downtown. Begin your day with a deluxe complimentary continental breakfast and end with an invigorating workout in the fitness center, with a productive meeting in between. With our complimentary high speed internet access - wired and wireless - you can stay connected to those at home. We pride ourselves on providing perfect hospitality, exceptional service and a smoke-free environment. For a virtual tour, visit Attractions: Indoor pool and whirlpool, arts and entertainment, shopping, golf, boat rentals, charter fishing, wineries and much more



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 •

Rooms/suites: 179 Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,300 Meeting rooms: 6 Reception capacity: 200 Golf courses nearby: Several Onsite restaurants: 3

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 guestrooms, 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 awardwinning 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, parasailing, 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!


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Minneapolis often tops the charts when it comes to ranking the best places to live, work and enjoy life.

Welcome to



ome of the Twin Cities, Minnesota abounds with entertainment activities. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway showcases the best of Minneapolis with a 55-mile urban loop letting travelers visit lakes, historic sites, art galleries and museums,

and much more. Welcome the new African Penguins at the Minnesota Zoo, located near the Twin Cities, or give the Superior Hiking Trail a try, featuring a 277-mile long hiking trail that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior. Sports fans

can see professional men’s and women’s basketball with the Timberwolves and Lynx, Vikings football, Wild hockey, Twins baseball and Swarm lacrosse. From exhilarating city life to small town charm, the state of Minnesota has it all! Submit your state information to 98

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State Facts

State Capital: Saint Paul

State Bird: Common Loon

Admission to Statehood: May 11, 1858 as 32nd state

Time Zone: Central

State Tree: Red Pine

Area Codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952

State Flower: Pink and White Leading Industry: Lady’s Slipper Agriculture Resident’s Name: Minnesotans

Minnesota: The North Star State Governor: Mark Dayton (D) Capital: Saint Paul Population: 5,303,925 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Minnesota Tourism: Hospitality Minnesota:

Minnesota Association of CVBs:

Minnesota Golfing: Minnesota Gaming:

Minnesota Transportation: Minnesota State Parks:


Great lake freight steam boats frequent the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

Minnesota offers a variety of winter sports including sled dog outfitting trips.

The Mall of America in Bloomington is home to 400 stores, dining and entertainment.

The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis gives visitors a glimpse of the great Russian nation.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a great place for outdoor exploring.


Photo Credits: Explore Minnesota Tourism

The Ordway Theatre Landmark Center in Saint Paul features award-winning performing shows.

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Events & Festivals

International Festival of Burnsville, Burnsville - June

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Rochester - December

Jazz in the Valley, Hastings - August

America’s Great Rivers, Winona - March-October

Madden’s Murder Mystery Weekend, Brainerd - October

Eagan Art House Harvest of Art, Eagan - August-September

City Art: Walking Sculpture Tour, Mankato

Don’t Miss

Paul Bunyan Water Park, Baxter

Winona County History Center, Winona

Minnesota’s Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls

Winter Jazz Blast, Roseville

Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji

Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, St. Cloud

High Falls of the Pigeon River, Grand Portage

Famous For...

Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) make it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside. Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. Tonka Trucks were developed and continue to be manufactured in Minnetonka. Actresses Judy Garland, Jessica Lange and Winona Ryder are Minnesota natives. Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.



Odyssey Resorts of Minnesota A Collection of Premier Meeting Destinations 218-728-8060, Ext 114

Welcome to our collection of Minnesota’s finest resorts. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the South Shore of Leech Lake, we offer exceptional lodging, banquet and guest services for groups of just a few or up to 200. Team building activities or personal interests… Odyssey Resorts staff will customize your stay to meet your event objectives. When you have a business function, your first requirement is for space that will be conducive to the work at hand. But the success of your event is also directly related to the overall experience of your attendees. You’ll find the right balance at each of our Odyssey Resorts. One call or email connects you to a group sales professional who will help you gather information from all our Odyssey Resorts and determine which one is best suited to meet your group’s needs.



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

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria • MN • 56308 763-559-6272 • Fax: 320-762-0133 •

Rooms/suites: 182/18, 216 total Newly renovated guestrooms and new Cottages opening the Summer of 2012 Meeting space sq. ft.: 28,000 Meeting rooms: 13 Reception capacity: 900 Golf course onsite: Atikwa Golf Club 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 13 function rooms, including the Lake Darling Ballroom and Lower Conference Center. Each can be divided into three separate rooms. Complete audiovisual 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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Meet in Minnesota Austin CVB • Cheryl Corey

104 11th Ave NW, Ste D • Austin • MN • 55912 507-437-4563 • Fax: 507-433-1052 •

Major meeting facilities: Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center and the Hormel Historic Home Banquet Center Attractions: Historic Paramount Theater, SPAMettes, Hormel Historic Home, The Hormel Institute, SPAM® Museum




Area rooms: 386

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; be sure you take some time between meetings to enjoy the beautiful city and discover ALL of its unique charms! Austin has nearly 400 hotel rooms, plus two bed and breakfasts and three campgrounds nearby! While you’re in Austin, check out all the destinations and attractions of historical, cultural and entertainment venues. We invite you to plan your very next meeting in Austin! Tourism Works For Austin!

Bemidji Hampton Inn & Suites

1019 Paul Bunyan Dr S • Bemidji • MN • 56601 218-751-3600 • Fax: 218-751-3601 •

3,800 sq. ft. of conference space

Meeting Rooms: Executive Board Room: 20 people Diamond Point: 40 people Sunken Island: 52 people Mississippi: 75 people South Shore Conference Center: 325 people All of our meeting rooms overlook Lake Bemidji In-House Catering from Green Mill Restaurant

We love having you here! Facility includes: 100 Guest rooms with 52 Lakeside, Free Continental Hot Breakfast, Free Wireless Internet, Free Parking, Attached Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Complimentary “Special Events Shuttle,” Waters Edge Gift Gallery/Suite Shop, Free personal amenities, Personalized group block reservation page. The South Shore Conference Center is conveniently located between the Hampton Inn & Suites and The Green Mill Restaurant & Bar on the beautiful south shore of Lake Bemidji. Area attractions include: Lake Bemidji, Bike/Walking trails all around the lake, Bemidji Town & Country Club, Itasca State Park, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.




Accommodations and Meetings Made Effortless. Burnsville CVB • Amie Burrill

12600 Nicollet Ave, Suite 100 • Burnsville • MN • 55337 952-895-4690 • Fax: 952-487-1777 •

Area hotel rooms: 950 Entertainment nearby: • Burnsville Center • Buck Hill Ski Area • Minnesota Zoo • Mall of America® • Paragon Odyssey 15 Theater • Valleyfair Amusement Park Meeting facilities: • Burnsville Performing Arts Center • Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn • Whittier Room at Buck Hill • Parkway Event Center at Carbone’s


Whether you’re planning business, leisure or somewhere in between, Burnsville, Minnesota is always ready to accommodate almost any agenda, of any size, in the Twin Cities most convenient rendezvous place. Burnsville is just south of the Minnesota River and just 20 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul for the best of all worlds. Start with a small town welcome in a perfectly sized metropolis. Comfortable, clean and affordable hotels with amenities that bring you closer to home. Meeting spaces that cover almost any size group with everything you need to make your event a success. Nearby dining and shopping venues that are anything but ordinary – and year-round local activities and celebrations that create lasting memories. Some of Burnsville’s unique venues include the new 1,014 seat Burnsville Performing Arts Center located in Burnsville’s Heart of the City, the newly renovated BEST WESTERN PREMIER Nicollet Inn, and indoor racing at ProKART Indoors. For assistance with planning your next meeting or event, or to request your Experience Burnsville Visitor and Meeting Guide, call 800.521.6055 or visit

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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 •

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.



Meetings are Made Easy in Eagan Eagan CVB

1501 Central Pkwy, Ste E • Eagan • MN • 55121 866-324-2620 • Fax: 651-675-5545 • Area hotel rooms: 1,538 Major meeting facilities: Several Eagan Hotels, Eagan Community Center, Royal Cliff Conference Center, Lost Spur Golf & Event Center, Moonshine Retreat Center Attractions: Canterbury Park Racetrack, Cascade Bay Waterpark, Caponi Art Park, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Great Clips IMAX® Theatre, Historic Fort Snelling, Mall of America®, Minnesota Zoo, Nickelodeon Universe®, Science Museum of Minnesota, Valleyfair Amusement Park

Eagan “meets” your needs with an exceptional experience. With easy access, free shuttle service, free parking and state-of-the-art venues, why would you want to meet anywhere else but Eagan? The elegant Oaks banquet room, at the Eagan Community Center, features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking an oak forest and a breathtaking fountain. Other prime venues with amazing views include Royal Cliff Conference Center, Lost Spur Golf & Event Center, Lebanon Hills Visitors Center, 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.



granD portage Grand Portage Lodge & Casino • Billi Carlson

70 Casino Rd, PO Box 233 • Grand Portage • MN • 55605 800-543-1384 • Fax: 218-475-2309 •

Experience Fun and Excitement

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

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


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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

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: 5 to relax and enjoy one of 160 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Immerse yourself in our tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna, and Meeting space sq. ft.: fitness center. We also provide in-room high-speed wireless internet access. 20,000 If it’s exhilarating gaming action you crave, then Prairie’s Edge is your place. We Largest room sq. ft.: 4,500 offer 24-hour gaming action with over 900 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 grilled steaks, fresh seafood and cocktails. Host your next meeting or special event at our 20,000 sq. ft. events and convention Onsite restaurants: 3 plus center. Whether you’re hosting a trade show, wedding reception, meeting or lounge reunion, we will accommodate your every need. You can utilize our three breakout rooms as well as a sizeable lobby. Our events and convention center also hosts big name entertainment and offers 1,000 plus concert seating. The Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store is located adjacent to the hotel and casino offering you a non-smoking casino area as well as all the last minute items you may need. Also, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort features the largest and newest RV Park in Southwestern Minnesota. The PrairieView RV Park and Campground features 55 sites with all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable. We invite you to explore Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. We know you will enjoy your stay!


Rooms/suites: 160


Lakeville Visit Lakeville

19950 Dodd Blvd, Ste 101 • Lakeville • MN • 55044 952-469-2020 Ext 3 • Fax: 952-469-2028 •

Discover Lakeville… where nature meets the Twin Cities.

Area rooms: 360 Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - 400 people; Brackett’s Crossing Country Club - 600; Brunswick Zone XL 150 for meeting and 500 for events; Chart House Restaurant & Event Center indoors 300 and outdoors 400; Crystal Lake Golf Course - 250; Comfort Inn - 25; Lakeville Area Arts Center - 200; Lakeville Park Shelters and areas - various. Legends Club - 220; MN Horse & Hunt Club - indoors 180 and outdoors 350; AmericInn Lodge & Suites - 30

Nestled among lakes and parks and known for its scenic natural beauty, Lakeville is minutes to MinneapolisSaint Paul. The Lakeville area has over 8 meeting/banquet facilities with space up to 600 people, and 5 hotels including the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - an upscale hotel and meeting facility for up to 400. Choose from meeting activities: golf courses, hike our unending trails, Mall of America, new exhibits at the Minnesota Zoo, NASCAR excitement at Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Race Park, Valleyfair, teambuilding events at Brunswick Zone XL, fall hayride and apple picking, Dakota Village and other historic sites; and an array of theatre, musicals, dance, ballet at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Attractions: Crystal Lake Golf Club, The Wilds Golf Club, Legends Golf Club, Lakeville Area Arts Center, beaches, and parks. Minutes to MN Zoo, Mall of America, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Race Park, Brunswick Zone XL.



Relax, Rediscover, and Reconnect in Greater Mankato Greater Mankato CVB • Larissa Mrozek

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

Area hotel rooms: 1,100 Nearest airport: 75 miles Entertainment nearby: Theatre, art, ballet, concerts, sporting events, golf, trails, historical tours, shopping, dining, day spas, Morgan Creek Vineyards… and much more! Meeting facilities: Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato City Center Hotel, Country Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, AmericInn and more than 16 other meeting facilities


You are provided a warm invitation to relax, rediscover and reconnect in Greater Mankato. Not only do the folks in Greater Mankato want you to look like a professional planner who can pull off a flawless event, but we also want you to relax and feel taken care of and pampered throughout the entire planning process. Yes, in Greater Mankato we have the meeting spaces, wonderful hotels, financial assistance and fabulous customer service, but it is what is unique about Greater Mankato’s amenities and service that will make your attendees think you made a wise choice in destination. Your attendees will be thrilled with our big city amenities and small town hospitality. And you will leave with your expectations exceeded and your budget intact. When you come to town on business we also recognize you are coming as a potential tourist. Rediscover Mankato’s revitalized City Center with bustling Entertainment District, our new Riverfront Park serving as a wonderful new event venue, sidewalk poetry, new restaurants and unique shops all within walking distance of the convention campus. Use our wonderful community to reconnect with old friends and colleagues or form new bonds. We understand these connections are just as valuable to your business as time spent in the meeting. Let us help you find the unique places that will make it fun, exciting and easy for you and your attendees to reconnect with one another. Call Larissa to find out how well we can help you personally relax in Greater Mankato.



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It’s Time to Hit the Jackpot! Minnesota’s First and Friendliest Casino. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

Rooms/suites: 378 Meeting space sq. ft.: Over 45,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Largest room sq. ft.: 21,400 Reception capacity: 1,400 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurants: 3 Follow Jackpot on Facebook & Twitter!

Guests choose Jackpot Junction as a vacation destination and corporate guests find it to be the perfect place for a business retreat. Located in Morton, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is Minnesota’s First and Friendliest Casino. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel offers over 45,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, accommodating groups of ten to 1,400. 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, fitness center, business center, room service and Jackpot PlayZone 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. 1,250 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 Seasons 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.


owatonna Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

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

Owatonna - Meet Here!

Area rooms: 550 Major meeting facilities: Four Seasons Convention Centre, Owatonna Country Club, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center Owatonna, Gainey Conference Center

Owatonna is well placed, well paced. Just 1 hour south of the Twin Cities metro area on I-35 and Highway 14 it’s an easy location for your group to find. Owatonna offers a wide range of meeting facilities, lodging and dining options. We are suited to manage large conventions as well as everyday business meetings. Experience the services of Owatonna’s dedicated hospitality, meeting and tourism professionals. Request a Planner’s Packet featuring our visitor guide and helpful meeting planning information. Attractions: Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter, MN State School Orphanage Museum, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan designed National Farmers’ Bank, Reptile & Amphibian Zoo, Medford Outlet Center, Owatonna Arts Center, Parks & Recreation



PO Box 420 • 39375 County Hwy 24 Morton • MN • 56270 800-946-2274 • Fax: 507-697-8017

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Remarkable Events Begin With… Red Wing VCB • Kathy Silverthorn

420 Levee St • Red Wing • MN • 55066 800-498-3444 or 651-385-5934 • Fax: 651-388-3900 •

Area rooms: 448 Major meeting facilities: St. James Hotel Attractions: Falconer Winery, Red Wing Pottery, Treasure Island, Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum


When selecting the next location for your business meeting, convention or special event, make it memorable by choosing remarkable Red Wing. Red Wing offers an escape from life’s hectic pace and delivers professional and comprehensive services planners expect and have grown accustomed to. Located just 50 miles south of the Twin Cities on Highway 61, Red Wing is easily accessible and provides the peace and quiet, privacy and security needed for the corporate retreat, association meeting or convention. Recognized for tailoring services to individual meeting planner needs, Red Wing’s lodging accommodations and facilities are comfortable and competitive. The amenities we provide equal those found in metropolitan areas, but it’s the charm and surrounding scenic river valley that sets Red Wing apart from the rest - making it a unique alternative to other locations. City Pages - BEST DAY TRIP - 2010 - Red Wing, Minnesota: Is there a more versatile one-day destination than Red Wing? The charming little town of about 16,000 seems able to mold itself to any day-trip agenda. For one thing, it’s only an hour and 15 minutes from either of the Twin Cities, which gives you all day to play and is close enough to beckon even on a whim, without the dread of a long drive home. If you’re looking for a mellow getaway, spend a quiet day browsing its famous antique and pottery shops, poking through the farmers’ market (open seven days a week in summer), or sauntering along the riverfront watching boats cruise through the marina. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a meal at one of our fine restaurants. If you tire of quaintness, head 20 minutes up the road to Treasure Island Casino for an indoor adrenaline rush. Or if you can’t get enough of the town, bed down at the historic, 135-year-old St. James Hotel and spend another day.




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St. Cloud

St. Cloud, MN - Watch us grow! St. Cloud Area CVB • Judy Okerstrom

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

Entertainment: Historic Paramount Theater, Pioneer Place on Fifth, Munsinger & Clemens Gardens, Quarry Park and the Stearns History Museum Meeting facilities: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center (165,000 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, MN We are very proud to introduce our new St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center! The River’s Edge is located on the Mississippi River – pretty much in the center of the state! The St. Cloud Area now has the ability to host even larger trade shows and events. Our area is a perfect location for your next meeting – and/or trade show and/or special event – large or small! And we are willing to bet that your attendees will love the convenience of meeting just 65-70 miles Northwest of the Twin Cities via Interstate 94 or Highway 10. We know you’ll appreciate retreating to one of our comfy hotels after a busy convention day! When you’re rested we invite you to enjoy great shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment options – many within walking distance of the downtown area and other hotel locations. See our website for more detailed information.

St. Louis Park

Get Comfortably Close Discover St. Louis Park • Melania Ferradas 1660 Highway 100 South, Ste 132 St. Louis Park • MN • 55416 952-426-4047

Area hotel rooms: 872 Major meeting facilities: Minneapolis Marriott West, Doubletree - Park Place, Recreational Center Banquet Room Area attractions: The West End, Excelsior and Grand, Miracle Mile, Historical Museums and Parks, Amphitheater, Target Field, Hennepin Theater District, Downtown Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, Several Lakes and many more!

St. Louis Park is close to it all, providing big city amenities and hospitality with small town charm. Located less than five miles from Minneapolis and only 15 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, it offers a central location for group functions that is comfortable and convenient. St. Louis Park is a desirable hub for meetings, events and overnight stays. Visitors will enjoy accessibility to shopping and restaurants in the West End and Excelsior and Grand areas, along with hotel properties that deliver excellent guest services and banquet space. The six hotels accommodate the needs of a variety of groups throughout the year, boasting free parking and proximity to downtown Minneapolis. St. Louis Park is a city that provides the ultimate travel experience for every type of visitor with prime location, great facilities and a multitude of activities in the city, as well as the neighboring Twin Cities. For more information and accommodations, log on to



Area hotel rooms: 1,800

St. Paul

A Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Carondelet Center

1890 Randolph Ave. • St. Paul • MN • 55105 651-696-2750

Overnight accommodations: 11 rooms for 28 guests Meeting rooms: 8 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

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 audiovisual equipment and internet access is also available. Carondelet Center can accommodate meetings of 2-250 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, meditation rooms and walking paths. Julie Voshel, Director 651-696-2791


Sandy Riegel, Event Planner 651-696-2741 Notes:

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Fortune Bay Resort Casino • Brian K. Anderson

1430 Bois Forte Rd • Tower • MN • 55790 800-555-1714 Ext 7882 • Fax: 218-753-6482 •

If you’re thinking about planning your next conference or retreat, you won’t have to look any farther than Fortune Bay Resort Casino in northeastern Minnesota. Business executives keep coming back to our facility because we know the Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 importance of great customer service. But it’s more than that, business leaders enjoy our state-of-the-art conference technology, spacious meeting rooms, resort rooms and Meeting rooms: 9 all the amenities that go hand-in-hand with a successful business retreat. Our conference rooms include free wireless internet access throughout our awardReception capacity: 400 winning facility. We also offer a business center with copy, fax and computer services. In addition, each meeting and banquet room can be equipped with LCD projectors, Golf course onsite: 1 presentation equipment, dedicated phone lines and numerous lighting options. Guests of our resort also have full use of our pool, sauna, whirlpool and workout Onsite restaurants: 3 center, which is the perfect way to recharge your batteries when the day is done. We also have a 24-hour casino, blackjack and over 800 slot machines, two full service bars, restaurant and a deli that features home cooked meals. We’re located on Lake Vermilion, which offers trophy fishing no matter what month of the year it is. We also have easy access to hiking, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails right outside our doors. Fortune Bay is also home to The Wilderness, which is a must play world-class golf course. Several corporate companies have utilized The Wilderness to host outings/upscale dinners after a retreat to reward their employees for a job well done. Please visit our web site at to see how we can help you pull off the perfect retreat. Call 1-800555-1714, ext. 7882 today and ask about our 2012 Midwest Meetings special! Rooms/suites: 173


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Historic Island City. Visit Winona • Pat Mutter

Find us on Facebook Area rooms: 665 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, Winona County History Center, Tandeski Center Attractions: MN Marine Art Museum, Watkins Museum, Winona County History Center, Garvin Heights Overlook, vineyards, golf courses, canoeing/ kayaking/bicycling, Trester Trolley

160 Johnson St • PO Box 1069 • Winona • MN • 55987 800-657-4972 • Fax: 507-454-0006 •

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. Meeting facilities guide on website. Visitors to Winona enjoy wonderful architecture and arts, diversity in museums and outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, and fun festivals and events. 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. Visit Winona provides a variety of services to make your event a great success.




The Bass Pro Shop in Springfield features an outdoor experience all located indoors!

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ivil War history abounds in the state, which found itself in the middle of the action during the 19th century. Throughout the state remain famous battlegrounds, cemeteries and monuments to visit. Kansas City is the perfect

destination for your next meeting or event, where the city recently received a $5 million landmark urban revitalization. And make sure to stop at the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, where outdoors goes inside! The facility offers every outdoor necessity as well as a wildlife museum, aquariums and tanks with ancient turtles and varieties of fish, plus incredible outdoors scenes with bears, deer and other wildlife. Submit your state information to 116

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State Facts

State Capital: Jefferson City

State Bird: Bluebird

Admission to Statehood: August 10, 1821 as 24th state

Time Zone: Central

State Tree: Flowering Dogwood

Area Codes: 314, 816, 636, 573, 417, 660

State Flower: White Hawthorn

Leading Industry: Service Industries

Resident’s Name: Missourians

Missouri: The Show-Me State Governor: Jay Nixon (D) Capital: Jefferson City Population: 5,988,927 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Missouri Tourism:

Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association: Missouri Association of CVBs:

Missouri Golfing:

Missouri Gaming: Missouri Transportation:


Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza is a premier entertainment district.

Route 66 continues to be a visitor attraction and includes the Steak n’ Shake in Springfield.

Branson Landing offers shopping, dining and recreational activities for all ages.

Located in Jefferson City, the capitol building is a beautiful nighttime sight.

Stop by Westminster College in Fulton to see a piece of the Berlin Wall.


Photo Credits: Missouri Division of Tourism

Infamous author Mark Twain was born and raised in Hannibal.

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Events & Festivals

Bennett Spring State Park Trout Fishing, Lebanon March-October

Living History Weekend, Lake of the Ozarks - September Annapolis Freedom Fest, Annapolis - October

Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, Cape Girardeau - April

Little Known Facts: The American Civil War, St. Joseph - November

Firefighters’ Weekend, St. Louis - September

Branson’s Dinosaur Museum, Branson

Don’t Miss

My Handyworks Interactive Art Studio, St. Charles

Daniel Boone Home and Boonefield Village, Defiance 66 Drive-In Theatre, Joplin

Missouri Art Gallery, Columbia

Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Springfield

Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City

1836 State Penitentiary, Jefferson City

Famous For... Walt Disney, artist and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, spent his childhood in Missouri. The first capitol building in Jefferson City burned in 1837, and a second structure completed in 1840 burned when the dome was struck by lightning on February 5, 1911. The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811, in New Madrid, MO. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away. Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.



Branson - It’s Your Show Branson Lakes Area CVB

PO Box 1897 • Branson • MO • 65615 800-252-1742 Ext 306 • Fax: 417-348-0649 Area hotel rooms: 22,000 Entertainment and recreation: Over 100 live shows in 50 Theatres with 64,057 seats Shopping: 300+ shops - Branson is home to 3 outlet shopping malls with more than 200 retailers. Historic Downtown Branson and the new Branson Landing Shopping & Dining District are also a shopper and diner’s delight. Lakes: 3 pristine lakes with all manner of water sports and aquatic activities Theme parks: Silver Dollar City, White Water Museums: 12 plus the Titanic Dinner shows: Showboat Branson Belle, Dixie Stampede, Branson Scenic Railway and more Meeting facilities: New Branson Convention Center, The Keeter Center, Tri-Lake’s Center, PLUS 29 hotels and resorts with meeting space, including: Grand Plaza, Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, Radisson, Clarion, Big Cedar Lodge and StoneBridge Golf Resort, Lodge of the Ozarks and the Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort.

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 worldclass live entertainment (pop, rock, Broadway, country, bluegrass, magic and comedy), award-winning theme parks, fabulous shopping and dining, plus many one-of-a-kind facilities and attractions. Blend these unique manmade 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. New Branson Airport (BKG) also now open with low-cost carriers! Branson provides wholesome, safe fun and the perfect backdrop for a very successful meeting or convention!



Branson West Rooms/suites: 145/8 Branson Inn and Conference Center • Tom Gdovin Meeting space sq. ft.: 5,900 8514 State Hwy 76 West • Branson West • MO • 65737 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,700 417-338-2141 • Fax: 417-338-8320 • Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 150 Golf course nearby: 1 Next to Silver Dollar City

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 ft. by 55 ft. 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


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The Smart, Innovative, Artsy, Eclectic, Clever, Savvy, Vibrant, Too-Dynamic-To-Fit-Into-A-Short-Tagline City. Columbia CVB

300 S Providence Rd • Columbia • MO • 65203 800-652-0987 • Fax: 573-443-3986

Area rooms: 3,611 Airport: 13 miles Meeting facilities: 9 hotels with meeting facilities - largest, 20,000 sq. ft. Attractions: District downtown shopping, restaurants and entertainment, University of MO, Columbia Star Dinner Train, MKT Trail

The sights and sounds of Columbia are ever-changing. Take a stroll through The District in downtown Columbia and find yourself entranced by 110 unique shops, more than 70 restaurants, art galleries, live music venues, bookstores and coffee shops. And speaking of restaurants - Columbia is known as one of the best restaurant towns in the Midwest. After your meeting, enjoy one of the country’s best comedy clubs, kick back with some great jazz or rock out to live music at the Blue Note. Columbia is fast becoming Missouri’s “music center.” With a nationally recognized Jazz Series, the Mizzou Amphitheater series, Mizzou Arena Concerts, Hearnes Center concerts and much more, visitors have a host of entertainment options. The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a full range of services for conventions, meetings and events. When planning yours, be sure to check out our online request for proposal at Our commitment is to ensure that all meetings, big and small, receive our undivided attention and service excellence.


Hannibal Hannibal CVB • Megan Rapp

505 N Third St • Hannibal • MO • 63401 573-221-2477 • 866-263-4825 • Fax: 573-221-6999 •

America’s Hometown

Area rooms: 750 Major meeting facilities: Star Theater, Hannibal-LaGrange College, Quality Inn & Suites, Hannibal Inn & Conference Center, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western on the River, Mabee Sports Complex, and Admiral Coontz Armory.

Hannibal, America’s Hometown is ready to welcome you! Beautifully situated in northeast Missouri, just an hour and a half north of St. Louis. We have everything you need - from full service hotels, to an art museum or theater, to a golf course or a college setting, we have a unique venue for your next meeting, convention or event! From fine dining to down-home cooking and worry-free accommodations - just what you need when your meeting must be perfect. Call our professional staff at 1-TOM-AND-HUCK or go to Attractions: Mark Twain Riverboat, Mark Twain Cave, Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Molly Brown House & Museum, Cameron Cave, Garth Mansion, Rockcliffe Mansion, Hannibal Trolley, Hannibal Ghost Tours, and Hannibal History Museum


Lebanon MO

Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center Lebanon Marketing and Tourism

500 E Elm St • Lebanon • MO • 65536 417-532-4642 • Fax: 417-532-8002 • 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; outlet, antique and specialty shopping; festivals and fairs; golf; Whirlwind Alpaca Ranch; I-44 & Midway Raceways; American Veteran’s Memorial


Planning a meeting, convention, trade show or exhibition? Consider Lebanon, Missouri. 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 theater and a variety of meeting rooms. If you are seeking a site for your next tournament or outdoor sporting event check out Lebanon’s outstanding sports and athletic facilities. This community has hosted the Babe Ruth World Series many times in the past, as well as the Missouri AAU Girls Basketball Tournament. We would enjoy hosting your state or regional event in the coming years. Before, during or after the meeting or event there is plenty to do in the community of Lebanon. You can cruise down the historic Route 66, visit its museum, float down a scenic river or land a trout at Bennett Spring State Park. Play a round of golf or spend the afternoon shopping. For the shopper in you, the City has Antique Malls and Factory Outlets, with many fine shops downtown. Conveniently located on Interstate 44, Lebanon is three hours from Kansas City and St. Louis, an hour and a half from Branson, less than an hour from Springfield, and just thirty minutes from the Lake. Let us help you plan your next event.

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Osage Beach

Making the Nature of Business a Pleasure Lake of the Ozarks CVB • Lagina Fitzpatrick, CMP, CHSC PO Box 1498 • Osage Beach • MO • 65065 573-348-1599 • Fax: 573-348-4292 •

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, Quality Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn and Camden on the Lake Attractions: 54,000-acre lake, set in a majestic panorama of rolling hills, forest and bluffs, 16 golf courses, shopping at the largest top brand outlet mall in Missouri, over 100 restaurants, night life and music shows

Each year, thousands of meeting attendees choose the Lake of the Ozarks for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the unequaled panoramic scenery and 54,000-acres of water activities. For others, it’s the central gathering locale, the wide range of facilities, amenities and value. We would like to extend a warm invitation to groups of ten to 3,000 by offering a variety of convention options in a resort environment: more than 6,000 guestrooms - most with lake views; 250,000 sq. ft. of traditional meeting space, 200 resorts and hotels and six 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.

PO Box 188TT • State Rd KK • Osage Beach • MO • 65065 573-348-8550 •

For Meetings, It’s a Natural Choice

Rooms/suites: 715/155 Meeting space sq. ft.: 93,000 Meeting rooms: 29 Reception capacity: 2,500 Golf course: 27 holes onsite Onsite restaurants: 6

Groups have been coming to Tan-Tar-A year after year for the ultimate meeting experience. Tan-Tar-A offers over 93,000 sq. ft. of unique and flexible function space, accommodating groups of all sizes. Outdoor venues boast spectacular views of the Lake of the Ozarks. Look to our Convention Service Managers as an extension of your team. From inception to completion, they will handle everything from theme parties to tee times to excursion boat rides and everything in between! At Tan-Tar-A, we want you to relax while our excellent staff of professionals provide you with a successful event each and every time. Attractions: Golfing, boating, water skiing, wave running, parasailing, horseback riding, Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark, Bears Den Arcade, Windjammer Spa, shopping

Potosi YMCA Trout Lodge

Reception capacity: 300 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,125 13528 State Hwy AA • Potosi • MO • 63664 Rooms/suites: 99 573-438-2154 • Fax: 573-438-5752 Meeting rooms: 10 • Largest meeting room sq. ft.: 3,060 revitalize, reenergize and reinvent your team with Corporate Camp! Onsite restaurants: 1 Join the ranks of companies like Microsoft® and revitalize, reenergize and reinvent your team with Corporate Camp at Trout Lodge. We have all the basics required for a traditional meeting or retreat; meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, catering, etc. We also have more than 40 recreational activities including a nine-hole golf course and a brand new trap and skeet range. Our evening entertainment options range from live music to beer or wine tastings, and because the YMCA is a 501©3 non-profit, holding your meeting or retreat at Trout Lodge helps support the YMCA’s mission. Attractions: 360-acre private lake, 9-hole golf course, TEAM Works, horseback riding, climbing towers, just 75 miles from St. Louis



Osage Beach Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark


Welcome to the Middle of Everywhere Springfield CVB • Dana Maugans

815 E St. Louis St • Springfield • MO • 65806 800-678-8767 • Fax: 417-881-2231 • Area rooms: 6,000 Airport: Springfield Major meeting facilities: The Springfield Exposition Center (112,000 sq. ft.), The E*Plex at the Missouri Entertainment and Event Center (70,000 sq. ft.) Attractions: Cardinals Double-A Baseball, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Fantastic Caverns, Discovery Center, Dickerson Park Zoo, Route 66, Mizumoto Stroll Gardens, Pythian Castle, Lasers World TeamTennis, 800 dining options.

When location, affordability, facilities and a unique destination describe the place you want for your next meeting, convention or event, turn toward the center of the country. Not too big and not too small, Springfield, Mo., offers all that and more in a delightful blend of metropolitan charisma and Midwestern charm. The third-largest city in Missouri has the lodging your attendees need and the facilities and services you need to host a successful event. Springfield offers a wide array of meeting facilities large and small including the Expo Center, Ramada Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, JQH Arena, O’Reilly Family Event Center and many others. Along with great facilities, the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a variety of free services to help make planning your event trouble free for you and enjoyable for your delegates. Your attendees will be pleased with the reasonable hotel rates, variety of entertainment options and the plethora of dining options available in the city. Served by Springfield-Branson National Airport, the city is easy to reach by air or by car via Interstate 44, U.S. 65, U.S. 60 or Missouri 13. About half the country’s population lives within 500 miles of Springfield, the most centrally located convention city in the country.

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St. Joseph

St. Louis 711 North Broadway • St. Louis • MO • 63102 888-324-1691 • Fax: 888-220-8942

The Extras Aren’t Extra

Rooms/suites: 178/34 Meeting space sq. ft.: 4,715 Meeting rooms: 4 Reception capacity: 50 Onsite restaurant: Yes


Drury Hotels

Conveniently located in downtown St. Louis, the Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center offers over 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that can accommodate a wide variety of groups. Let our hotel work to deliver an exceptional level of service for your next event. Planning a successful meeting or event is simple with Drury Hotels! Enjoy many Free Extras such as Hot QUIKSTART® Breakfast, 5:30 Kickback® - Hot Food & Cold Beverages, wireless internet, 60 minutes of long distance, soda/popcorn (daily 3-10 pm), local phone calls. We look forward to hosting your next group! Attractions: Edward Jones Dome, Lumiere Place Casino, Saint Louis Science Center, The Gateway Arch, Six Flags Over Mid-America/ Hurricane Harbor, Busch Stadium, City Museum, Grant’s Farm, Saint Louis Zoo

Unity Village Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center • Sales & Catering

1901 NW Blue Pkwy • Unity Village • MO • 64065 816-251-3533 • Fax: 816-347-5551 •

Great Events Start with a Great Location

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 guestrooms, audiovisual support, a hot cup of coffee, or a private dining experience, we have you covered. Our hotel features spacious guestrooms with two queen beds, equipped with internet-ready workspaces, flat-screen televisions, and a free daily continental breakfast.


Johnson Lake State Recreation Area near Lexington is a favorite fishing spot for its abundance of walleye.

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ebraska offers a plethora of convention options that you shouldn’t overlook, including meeting on the wild side at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Choose from the zoo’s Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night for a cocktail hour or

the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion Auditorium for your conference. The great state also features interesting attractions including the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington, or the Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard in North Platte that features real trains. The state also offers a variety of open-road and scenic byway adventures for the traveler. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Lincoln

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

Admission to Statehood: March 1, 1867 as 37th state

Time Zones: Central and Mountain Area Codes: 308, 402

State Tree: Cottonwood State Flower: Goldenrod

Leading Industry: Agriculture and Industry

Resident’s Name: Nebraskans

Nebraska: The Cornhusker State Governor: Dave Heineman (R) Capital: Lincoln Population: 1,826,341 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Nebraska Tourism:

Nebraska Hotel & Motel Association: Visit Nebraska:

Nebraska Golfing: www.golďŹ Nebraska Gaming:

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A journey from the 1800s awaits you near Kearney at the Great Platte River Road Archway.

Husker fans congregate for food, fun and football at Do the Dock in downtown Lincoln.

Every spring, a half-million sandhill cranes migrate through Nebraska on their way north.

Independence Day is celebrated in a big way in Seward, Nebraska’s Official 4th of July City.

Located in Boys Town, Nebraska, The Village of Boys Town was founded in 1917 by Father Flanagan.


Photo Credits: Nebraska DED

Feel the rush of excitement with Thoroughbred racing at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

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Events & Festivals

Viero Great American Comedy Festival, Norfolk - June

Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival, Omaha - August

Helicopter Day, Ashland - July

Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures, Beatrice - November

GermanFest, Syracuse - July

Cattlemen’s Classic, Kearney - February

Dancing Leaf Cultural Learning Center, North Platte

Don’t Miss

Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska, Hastings

Petrified Wood Gallery, Ogallala

Ponderosa Ranch, Crawford

Farm and Ranch Museum, Gering

Bald Eagle Viewing Facility, Lexington

Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora

Civil War Veterans Museum, Nebraska City

Famous For... Nebraska was once called “The Great American Desert” because of the large number of treeless areas. Today, it is one of the top farming areas in the world. Lincoln’s Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing is the only Kawasaki plant in the world to produce the Jet-Ski, ATV and Mule products. Malcolm X, the famous civil rights leader and human rights activist, spent his childhood in Omaha. Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one house) legislature. Lincoln County is the origin of the world’s largest “Woolly Mammoth” elephant fossil.




When you meet in Nebraska, you meet with success


Nebraska Association of CVBs • Lisa Burke

1221 South Dewey, Ste A • North Platte • NE • 69101 308-534-4729 •

Whether your group is a few dozen, a few hundred or more, you’ll find the places, perks and people you need to make your meeting a success. Large conference centers, intimate settings, metropolitan, rural and everything in between. Discover more about the variety, the hospitality and the possibilities of your next meeting in Nebraska.

Thank you for choosing NACVB Member Communities: Burwell Columbus Cozad Fremont Gering Gothenburg Grand Island Hastings Kearney


La Vista Lexington Lincoln McCook Nebraska City Norfolk North Platte Ogallala Omaha

Rushville Scottsbluff Sidney South Sioux City Valentine West Point York Call 800.955.4528 for a free “Sites & Services Directory”

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Where Meetings are Meant to Bloom! Columbus/Platte County CVB • Deb Loseke

764 33rd Ave • Columbus • NE • 68601 402-564-2769 • Fax: 402-564-2026 • Area rooms: 623 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, over 20,000 sq. ft.; Platte County Agricultural Park, 18,500 sq. ft. exhibit space

A community of over 22,000, Columbus is easy and convenient to reach. It is located 90 minutes from Omaha and Lincoln, 75 minutes from Grand Island and 50 minutes from I-80. U.S. Highway 30 (Historic Lincoln Highway) and 81 intersect in the city. Columbus is affordable, accessible and ready to take your event to the next level! During your attendees’ free time, they can enjoy shopping in our unique specialty shops, antique stores and mall, dining in our fine restaurants with a local flavor and relaxing and playing at our recreational facilities.

Attractions: Andrew Experience the difference! The Columbus Convention and Visitors Jackson Higgins National Memorial, Pawnee Plunge Bureau offers complimentary services to help make any event go smoothly. Water Park, Dusters/ Contact us today so we can share our services and facilities we can offer your Gottberg Brew Pub, Glur’s Tavern, public golf courses, group or event. We guarantee service above and beyond! Lake North recreational area, US 30 Speedway, antique & specialty shops


Escape to Gering & Western Nebraska! Gering CVB • Karla Niedan-Streeks

Area rooms: 856 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


1050 M St • Gering • NE • 69341-2821 800-245-0717 • Fax: 308-436-6888 •

Gering is where successful meetings have a fresh new look! The Gering Civic Center is Western Nebraska’s premier multi-function conference and event facility offering 25,500 sq. ft. of newly remodeled attractive space for meetings of all sizes. The Grand Ballroom has been expanded to accommodate general sessions up to 1,100 and banquets to 700; capabilities to divide into seven individual rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual amenities. Adjacent to the Ballroom is a spacious lobby for registration, hospitality and vendor areas. Onsite catering services and experienced meeting planning professionals are ready to serve associations who take advantage of Gering for affordable and memorable meetings. Extraordinary food and exemplary customer service are Gering’s earned reputation and trademarks! Our natural beauty and landmarks will captivate and entertain during your stay for business or pleasure; golf at the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument, in the shadows of Chimney Rock a few miles down the road or at other challenging courses near Gering. Hike and bike the trails at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, shop at specialty stores for arts, quilts and antiques and live Oregon Trail history at museums within minutes and walking distance from our meeting venues. Customized and complimentary meeting and registration services are provided by the Gering Convention & Visitors Bureau, conveniently located in the Gering Civic Center. Call today for our new meeting planners guide. Escape to Gering & Western Nebraska!


Grand Island

Fonner Park Central Nebraska’s Complete Multi-Purpose Facility Heartland Events Center/Fonner Park

700 E Stolley Park Rd • PO Box 490 Grand Island • NE • 68802-0490 308-382-4515 Ext 221 • Fax: 308-384-2753 • It’s ALL RIGHT HERE at Fonner Park in Grand Island, conveniently located in the heart of Nebraska just minutes off of Interstate 80 at Exit 314. See what we have to offer! The Heartland Events Center - this venue provides all the necessary amenities for business meetings, trade shows, conventions, athletic/sporting events, concerts, and more! The Center’s multipurpose capabilities allow great flexibility for all types of events. The Bosselman Conference Center offers a professional setting for business and educational meetings, training and conferences, large banquets and organizational functions. The Conference Center provides 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, one large room or up to 5 separate rooms to accommodate your needs. State-of-the-art audio and video equipment, coupled with our professional catering services provide all the amenities necessary to host a successful event. The Event Center’s Eihusen Arena offers 30,000 sq. ft. of floor space in addition to the adjoining 33,000 sq. ft. Fonner Concourse, providing trade show space for 280 booths. The arena comfortably seats 6,000-7,500 people and is surrounded by break-out rooms, four team locker rooms and dressing rooms with all the technical equipment necessary for sporting events and tournaments. The adjoining brand new Livestock and Exhibition Facilities offer a multitude of additional space for hosting large livestock shows, sales, conventions and trade shows. These new state-of-the-art buildings are now available for yearround booking. Facilities include a 1,400 stall beef barn, a 1,200 stall small animal barn, with a connecting 2,200 seat show arena in addition to a swine barn with a show arena and a 100,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Building! Fonner Park also features the Thompson 4-H Horse Arena (inside and outside arenas) with 15 barns for horse shows. The new buildings enhance the community’s ability to host multiple events simultaneously. 3,115 hard-surface (free) parking surrounds the Events Center and attached Fonner Park facility that offers live Thoroughbred horse racing (Feb-May), and year-round simulcast racing. The Finish Line Sports Bar also features nationwide simulcast racing and live draw keno. Grand Island ~ Halfway from Everywhere!

700 E Stolley Park Road • Grand Island • 308-382-4515


Swine Barn & Cattle Barn Arena • 112,200 sq. ft. • 83,800 sq. ft. • 1,400 head tie • Climate Controlled Arena outs • Seating for 500 • 2 Show Rings

Livestock Arena • 56,800 sq. ft. Sheep Barn • Climate • 83,800 sq. ft. Controlled • Pens for 1,400 • Seating for 2,200

Exhibition Building • 100,000 sq. ft. • Climate Controlled • 350 - 10x10 booths

Grand Island • Halfway from Everywhere!

Swine Barn • Cattle Barn • Livestock Arena • Sheep Barn • Exhibition Building 132

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“Bring it to the Island!” Grand Island/Hall County CVB • Paul Nielsen

2424 S Locust St, Ste C Grand Island • NE • 68801 800-658-3178 • Fax: 308-382-4908 • Area rooms: 1,700 Airport: Central Nebraska Regional Airport Meeting facilities: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Howard Johnson Riverside Inn & Convention Center, Midtown Holiday Inn, Quality Inn & Conference Center and Fonner Park which includes the Heartland Events Center, Bosselman Conference Center, 100,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Building and 250,000+ sq. ft. of new agricultural buildings. Attractions: Fonner Park Thoroughbred Race Track, Stuhr Museum & Railroad Town, Heartland Public Shooting Park, world’s largest Sandhill Crane migration (500,000+ cranes), Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center, Mid-Nebraska Speedway, Island Oasis Water Park, new home of the 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 60 meeting sites – diverse, unique, large and small, you’ll find them all in Grand Island. Four hotel convention properties offering from 3,000 to 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and the 7,500-seat, 170,000 sq. ft. multipurpose 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 Highways 281, 30, 34 and NE Highway 2, as well as the Central NE Regional Airport with flights operating daily to Dallas/Fort Worth and twice weekly to Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa. 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 awardwinning Convention Planner Guide or check out the guide and RFP available online. We look forward to sharing our GRAND hospitality with you!

Gretna 14333 S Hwy 31 #C108 • Gretna • NE • 68028 800-467-2779 • Fax: 402-332-0018 •

Where the cities meet the country.

Area rooms: 1,900 Nearest airport: 20 miles Major meeting facilities: LaVista Conference Center - built in 2008 with 45,000 sq. ft. of private meeting space. No charge for parking.

Sarpy County Nebraska is the home of Embassy Suites (ranked #1 in the world for the past two consecutive years) with the beautiful La Vista Conference Center and Courtyard by Marriott. What an awesome meeting site. Located at Exit 442 on I-80, easy access, free parking, great service. Everything you’re looking for! 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. Sarpy County Nebraska (Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Springfield, Gretna, and Offutt Air Force Base) lies just on the south edge of Omaha. Sarpy County offers you great opportunities! Attractions: Baseball stadium home of AAA Baseball, Golf, parks, lakes, mall, specialty shops, theatres and more.

Hastings Hastings/Adams County CVB • Kaleena Fong 100 N Shore Dr • Hastings • NE • 68901 800-967-2189 • Fax: 402-461-7273

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 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



Sarpy County CVB • Linda Revis


Kearney… Always Meeting Your Needs! Kearney VB • Sarah Focke

PO Box 607 • Kearney • NE • 68848-0607 800-652-9435 • Fax: 308-236-9116 • Area rooms: 1,600 Airport: Kearney Regional Airport - 2 mi Total sq. ft.: 300,000 Meeting facilities: Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Viaero Event Center, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Younes Conference Center Nearby golf courses: Awarii Dunes, Meadowlark Golf Course, Kearney Country Club, Prairie Hills Golf Course, Executive Courses Kearney Elks Country Club, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course Attractions: Classic Car Collection, Great Platte River Road Archway, Cabela’s, NE Firefighters Museum, Museum of NE Art, World’s Largest Sandhill Crane Migration, Trails & Rails Museum, Ft. Kearny State Historical Park & Rec Area, Frank House, Hike/Bike Trails and many parks

Midwest hospitality can be found in Kearney. One of the Heartland’s most progressive cities, Kearney lies at the center of America where you will find big city amenities and small town charm. Situated in south-central Nebraska, Kearney is served by I-80 which is 3 hours west of Omaha or 5 hours east of Denver, Colorado with non-stop, daily air service to Denver. Kearney is known for affordable meetings with outstanding service from a variety of first-class facilities to budget-friendly properties. Kearney has over 300,000 sq. ft. of meeting/event space. All hotels are located within a half mile of restaurants, nightlife and walking trails. No matter your budget or style, Kearney has a room for you. As far as the sporting arena, if you can shoot it, kick it, throw it or hit it, Kearney has the venues for you. Kearney offers outstanding entertainment, recreational, historical and cultural attractions along with a variety of eating establishments and unique shopping opportunities. To simplify your planning, the Kearney Visitors Bureau provides a variety of complimentary services to help plan your conference with ease. Services include, but are not limited to, facility consultation, program planning, professional onsite registration, nametags, ribbons and much more. Contact us for a complimentary Event Planners Guide or submit your RFP to us at

Kearney Ramada

301 2nd Ave • Kearney • NE • 68847 308-237-3141 or 800-652-1909 • Fax: 308-234-4675 •

New ballroom/conference center! NE

Kearney Ramada Conference Center has 207 guest rooms all with interior corridors. Kearney’s largest number of guest rooms in one facility. All rooms have free wireless, flat screen televisions, microwaves, refrigerators along with new carpet, furniture, window coverings and bedding. 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space - 2 large ballrooms plus breakout rooms. Large permanent screens along with built-in high definition video projectors. Made to order omelet station included in free hot breakfast buffet for hotel guests served in our internet café style restaurant. Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, Elephant Eye Tiki Bar, and Al Fresco Italian Restaurant.

Kearney Younes Conference Center

416 Talmadge St • Kearney • NE • 48845 308-234-7300 •

It all begins with… Younes The Younes Conference Center - Kearney, Nebraska is Central Nebraska’s newest and largest dedicated meeting and conference facility. Just off Interstate 80, with four adjacent upscale hotels, it is the perfect location for your next conference, or trade show. With two large ballrooms the facility can accommodate meetings or banquets for 1,000 with an adjacent trade show of 100 booths. As many as 21 breakout rooms with complete in-house state-of-the-art audio/visual and complete catering make this the perfect facility for any event. Centrally located just 300 miles from Des Moines, Denver, or Kansas City makes us the perfect location in the Midwest.


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Kearney Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

110 Second Avenue • PO Box 1925 • Kearney • NE • 68847 308-237-5971 • Fax 308-236-7549 • Toll Free 855-444-5769 •

Central Nebraska’s finest convention hotel!

Reception capacity: 700 Meeting space sq. ft.: 23,000 Meeting rooms: 11 Largest room sq. ft.: 6,600

We’re Central Nebraska’s largest and finest Convention hotel - two ballrooms, each over 6,500 square feet, plus 8 additional meeting rooms for a total of more than 23,000 sq. ft. of function space. Plus, we’re Central Nebraska’s only hotel with an Indoor Water Recreation Center - featuring adult and children’s swimming pools with two adult water slides, children’s water slides and interactive pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and video arcade. Our guest rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, large screen HDTV’s with DVD players, free DVD library and FREE wi-fi. Centrally located just off I-80 makes Kearney the perfect location for your next meeting. Notes:


One of the Midwest’s Most Beloved Cities Lincoln CVB • Jeff Maul

Area rooms: 4,351 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


1135 M St, Ste 300 • Lincoln • NE • 68508 800-423-8212 • Fax: 402-436-2360 •

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. The Lancaster Event Center features 400,000 sq. ft. of open-air pavilions. Lincoln has everything from well-equipped bed and breakfast rooms to full-service hotels. Lincoln has 54 hotels with 4,351 hotel rooms and 34 bed and breakfast rooms.


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It’s more than a meeting room. It’s where business gets done. Lied Lodge & Conference Center • Denise Munderloh

2700 Sylvan Rd • Nebraska City • NE • 68410 800-546-5433 • Fax: 402-873-8796 • Rooms/suites: 144 Meeting space sq. ft.: 14,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 4,672 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 300 Golf course: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 Attractions: Tree Adventure Lied Greenhouse Exploratory Trail Woodland Pavilion ArborLinks Golf Course Many downtown historic Nebraska City attractions

Lied Lodge & Conference Center offers a 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 • Professional conference planning managers and onsite technical support • Full-service restaurant featuring local products • Teambuilding and onsite activity programs • Easy access from the Omaha airport with shuttle available • 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. Together we will support tree planting and conservation efforts around the globe. Getting down to business is more important than ever. Let the naturally inspiring surroundings of Lied Lodge & Conference Center maximize your ROI and motivate your team.

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In Omaha You are the Center of Attention Omaha CVB • Cathy Keller, DOS

1001 Farnam • Omaha • NE • 68102 866-937-6624 • Fax: 402-546-1458 •

Hotel Rooms: 13,000 Convention Center: CenturyLink Center Omaha Airport: Eppley Airfield Attractions: Old Market Entertainment District, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Heartland of America Fountain, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, The Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Joslyn Art Museum, Boys Town, Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha is an innovative destination in the center of the country offering easy accessibility, affordability and fun, spiked with a heavy dose of Midwestern hospitality. A ground breaking cultural and music scene, top-notch attractions and a lively downtown entertainment district give Omaha its unique flavor. Omaha’s Old Market entertainment district is within blocks of the convention center in the downtown area. Cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, antique emporiums, bars and one-of-a-kind restaurants offer a convenient and distinctive entertainment destination for visitors. Known for its legendary steaks, Omaha has dozens of home-grown steakhouses and over 1,000 restaurants offering cuisines from across the world. Omaha is home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, world’s largest indoor desert and a one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge that curves its way over the Missouri River. Smithsonian affiliated museums, contemporary art houses, live theater, botanical gardens and a music scene known for its Jazz, Blues and Indie rock make Omaha a wonderfully eclectic city to visit. Omaha’s Convention Center and Arena, CenturyLink Center Omaha, offers more than 250,000 square feet of flexible space and is just a short drive from the airport. With more than 13,000 rooms available, convention planners have a variety of accommodation choices.


Nebraska like you’ve never seen it Scotts Bluff County Tourism • Glenna Aurich

Airport: Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF) Area rooms: 856 Major meeting facilities: Gering Civic Center 308-436-6888 Hampton Inn and Suites 308-635-5200 Trails West Retreat Center 308-632-5705 Attractions: Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock, 4 golf courses, North Platte Valley Museum, Lake Minatare and Lighthouse, Farm And Ranch Museum, Riverside Zoo, Wildlife World, Prairie Vines Winery, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Historic Midwest Theater, West Nebraska Arts Center, Oregon Trail Wagon Train, Monument Valley Pathways, Five Rocks Amphitheater, Antique shopping, Robidoux Pass Trading Post


1517 Broadway, Ste 104 • Scottsbluff • NE • 69361 308-632-2133 • 800-788-9475 •

Find the perfect place to begin your next exploration. Two towering monuments of sandstone mark the way. Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock let you know you’re on the original road west, just as these landmarks did for the fur trappers, Pony Express riders and the half a million pioneers who came before you. Trailblazers have always been welcome here. People who want to leave the beaten path and find their own adventures. Those twin beacons of sandstone are calling you now. Touch the wagon wheels ruts of the Oregon Trail. Fish the same waters of the mountain men. Hike in history’s footsteps and follow your own destiny. Scotts Bluff County Tourism exists to serve you. Experience the finest multi-function meeting and convention facilities in Western Nebraska. We will make everything from initial planning to the final banquet a pleasant, rewarding experience. A true one-stop shopping experience, we are ready to assist with local programs, registration assistance, name badges, local information, room blocks, custom itineraries, activities, spouse tours and recreational opportunities. Scotts Bluff County Tourism customizes your experience to suit your needs. Relax, let us take care of the details. This is Nebraska like you’ve never seen it…



Small town values… with BIG TIME Opportunities Sidney/Cheyenne County CVB • Ramona Joyce 658 Glover Rd • Sidney • NE • 69162 308-254-4030 • 866-545-4030

Area rooms: 549 Major meeting facilities: Holiday Inn & Conference Center Attractions: Boot Hill Cemetery, Fort Sidney Museum Complex, Living Memorial Gardens w/Christmas Box Angel of Hope, Movie Theatre, Bowling, Disc Golf Course, 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Community Center, Shooting Park, Walking/Biking Trail, Public Pool & Tennis courts, Sidney Pond with Gazebos, Cabela’s World Famous Wildlife Display, Pony Express National Monument

In 1867, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, the SidneyDeadwood Trail was the shortest route to take to the gold fields. Sidney became a major stopping place for people traveling all directions. Sidney was the place to be! Sidney/Cheyenne County is still the place to be! Our people are our greatest asset. We have events, attractions and activities for the whole family. We have a wide variety of meeting places, caterers, restaurants, and other amenities to meet your needs, as well as activities (some very unique) to make your meetings fun. Sidney has a small town quality that can be appreciated and enjoyed while providing big town amenities that make your meetings a success and your vacations a memorable experience. If you need help with planning, just give us a call or an email. We’ll be happy to help. We look forward to your visit. You’ll be glad you came!

South Sioux City

South Sioux City/Dakota County CVB


3900 Dakota Ave, Ste 11 South Sioux City • NE • 68776 402-494-1307 • Fax: 402-494-5010 • Area rooms: 2,500 Airports: Sioux City, IA - 12 miles, Omaha, NE - 90 miles, Sioux Falls, SD - 75 miles Major meeting facilities: Marina Inn Conference Center and The Marina Center Attractions: Ethnic and traditional restaurants, modern and native shopping, religious attractions, recreation and historical interpretive centers and monuments, fantastic golf courses, gaming and much more


Bridge the Gap between Work and Play in South Sioux City, Nebraska!

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

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west point Nielsen Community Center

200 Anna Stalp Ave • West Point • NE • 68788 402-372-0184 • Fax: 402-372-1105 •

Horizon Inn & Suites

301 Plaza Drive • West Point • NE • 68788 877-372-1959 • Fax: 402-372-9130 Area rooms: 88 Meeting space sq. ft.: 1,700 - Horizon Inn & Suites 14,500 - Nielsen Community Center - Ballroom Additional space: Foyer-2,800 sq. ft. Reception capacity: 70 people Horizon Inn & Suites 900+ seated Nielsen Community Center Exhibit capacity: 70 booths 8 by 10 ft. 15 additional booths can be placed in the foyer and/or hallways State-of-the-art audio and video equipment, stage with dressing rooms, loading dock, 14 x14 overhead door ballroom access Area attractions: Golf course, bowling alley, live theatre, movie theater, John G. Neihardt Center, and 3 local parks (1 with fishing access, 1 with walking trails)

Nielsen Community Center:

Make your event, reception, or convention one to remember at the Nielsen Community Center. Located in West Point, built in 2008, the Nielsen Center is the finest events center in Northeast Nebraska. Our 13,000 sq. ft. ballroom is very flexible for any kind of event. Included is our state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities to meet your needs. A 10,000 sq. ft. covered entrance and striking foyer provide a protected drop-off point or a beautiful staging area for your inside event. We offer affordable pricing and there is never a charge for parking. We provide a Small Town Atmosphere with Big City Amenities.

Horizon Inn & Suites:

Comfort and sophistication describes our spacious rooms at Horizon Inn & Suites. Your stay includes - indoor pool and hot tub, free hot buffet breakfast, wireless internet, and fitness center. We offer a convenient location with a quiet atmosphere. Each room has standard amenities, such as refrigerator, microwave, and iron/ironing board to name a few. Also included is a hospitality room located on premises. Each guestroom has complimentary refreshments included. We are located in West Point, Nebraska, near the junction of Highways 275 & 9. At Horizon Inn & Suites we take pride in helping our guests depart rested and refreshed.



yorK York County Visitors Bureau • Bob Sautter

601 N Lincoln Ave • York • NE • 68467 402-362-4575 or 888-SEE-YORK • Fax: 402-362-3344 •

The Crossroads of the Midwest and Nation extends an invitation to “Experience York”!

Area rooms: 634 Nearest airport: York Municipal Airport, Eppley Airfield/Omaha (90 minutes), Lincoln Airport (45 minutes), Grand Island Regional Airport (45 minutes) Major meeting facilities: York Holiday Inn & Conference Center, York City Auditorium, Cornerstone Ag Events Center, Stone Creek Events Center/ McCool Junction

York is ideally situated at the junction of I-80, Hwy-34 and Hwy-81, the Pan-American Highway. We are literally not only at the Crossroads of the Midwest, but at the Crossroads of the nation. It is located in an area steeped in history, and was indeed a traveler’s stop on the original pioneer trails over 140 years ago. Top attractions include: nationally-recognized Chances ‘R’ Restaurant & Lounge, boasting more motor coach stops than any other restaurant in the state of Nebraska, Lee’s Marble Museum, a million-dollar collection of vintage and modern marbles, the only such museum in the country, live theater at the Yorkshire Playhouse, now in its 39th year, Wessel’s Living History Farm (named Nebraska’s outstanding tourism attraction for 2009), Junction Motor Speedway, Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park, hiking and biking trails, lush parks and beautifully manicured golf courses. York is also home to Fred Niblo, one of the most famous and prolific silent film directors, and a founding member of the Motion Picture Academy and Academy Awards. Contact the York County Visitors Bureau for more complimentary information on how we can help you to EXPERIENCE YORK!


Photo Credit: North Dakota Tourism and Fred Walker

The Fargodome in Fargo is host to big-name concerts and to the North Dakota State University NCAA I-AA football team.

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North Dakota

aving been a passageway for Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition, North Dakota maintains the rich heritage of the renowned guide, Sakakawea. Stop by the state capitol for a view of an amazing memorial or plan a summer vacation

to Lake Sakakawea. The state also promises some great adventures at Theodore Roosevelt National Monument Park or the Badlands, located in the western portion of the state. Bring your next event to an outstanding outdoors state that also offers big-city elegance in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot. You’ll find a space perfect for your next gathering in North Dakota. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Bismarck

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

Admission to Statehood: November 2, 1889 as 39th state

Time Zones: Central and Mountain Area Code: 701

State Tree: American Elm Leading Industry: Agriculture

State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose

Resident’s Name: North Dakotans

North Dakota: The Peace Garden State Governor: Jack Dalrymple (R) Capital: Bismarck Population: 672,591 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

North Dakota Tourism:

North Dakota Transportation: North Dakota Gaming:

North Dakota Hospitality Association:

North Dakota Game, Fish and Parks: North Dakota Golfing:


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North Dakota is home of the Badlands, referred to as “The Land God Forgot.�

The Bismarck United Tribes Powwow is held in the summer each year.

Photo Credit: North Dakota Tourism

Lake Sakakawea is a great place to partake in some North Dakota summer fun.


Prairie Fire Pottery features a variety of amazing hand-made pottery works.

Photo Credit: Jason Lindsey

The state capitol grounds feature a statue of Sakakawea and her child.

Photo Credits: North Dakota Tourism

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Photo Credit: Jason Lindsey

Fort Lincoln is rich in military history for enjoyment of all ages.

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Events & Festivals

Prairie Isle Dog Trekking Challenge, Petersburg - February

Rollin’ on the River, Grand Forks - August

Wine and Grape Harvest Festival, Buffalo - August

Celtic Festival, Fargo - March Stern Homestead Tour, Mott - July

Artfest, Minot - October

Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Dickinson

Don’t Miss

Five Nations Arts Center, Mandan

Glass Design, Park River North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck Celebrity Walk of Fame, Fargo

Japanese Garden, Grand Forks Taste of North Dakota Holiday Open House, Jamestown

Famous For... North Dakota is also known as “The Roughrider State,” which refers to the First US Volunteer Cavalry Theodore Roosevelt organized to fight in the Spanish-American War. North Dakota has been ranked as the friendliest state in the US by Cambridge University. Phil Jackson, coach for the LA Lakers, is from Williston, ND. The sacred albino bison White Cloud and white calves can be seen at the National Buffalo Museum Preserve in Jamestown. The geographical center of North America is marked in Rugby, North Dakota.




Better than Ever Bismarck-Mandan CVB • Sheri Grossman

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

ND Area rooms: 2,800 Airport: Daily jet service to and from hub cities Meeting facilities: Bismarck Convention & Event Center, 5 fullservice meeting hotels Attractions: 6 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 2,800 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. Discover Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota for your next meeting. It’s better than ever.


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Explore the Western Edge, Dickinson, ND Dickinson CVB • Julie Obrigewitsch

72 E Museum Dr • Dickinson • ND • 58601 701-483-4988 or 800-279-7391 • Fax: 701-483-9261 • Area rooms: 1,115 Major meeting facilities: Ramada-Grand Dakota Lodge, Elks Lodge Attractions: Theodore Roosevelt Natl. Park Dakota Dinosaur Museum Ukrainian Cultural Institute Dickinson Museum Center West River Community Center Heart River Golf Course Enchanted Highway Patterson Lake Rec Area Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Dickinson is located near the North Dakota Badlands in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Dickinson CVB can help you create a fun, wellplanned conference with lots of Western hospitality! Located in southwest North Dakota, Dickinson is positioned at the intersection of Interstate 94 and state Highway 22. If you are traveling by air, the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport provides three daily flights connecting to Denver. Once you arrive, you will find over 1,100 lodging rooms that offer everything you need to make your overnight stay comfortable. Dickinson also offers quality conference and recreational facilities. With the renewed energy activity in North Dakota, lodging, conference facilities and event space has grown with new facilities and new additions to existing hotels. Western North Dakota is one of the few locations in the United States that has seen growth and demand for rooms. The additional meeting and event space offer even more opportunities for conferences. The Dickinson CVB will work hard to ensure your satisfaction is met for all sizes of meetings, large or small. For your free meeting planner guide or to ask about hosting your next event in Dickinson, contact us at 800-279-7391 or visit us on the web at


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

Fargo-Moorhead is one of the friendliest places in America! This is a fun, warm-hearted community of two cities in two states with a population of over 195,000. We also have more than 4,100 sleeping rooms, 350+ 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. • Stop and see the Wood Chipper! The actual movie prop is on display for a photo op. You can get here from there! We are located at the intersection of interstate highways I-94 and I-29. Our 20 daily jet flights serve four hub cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City. Fargo-Moorhead loves visitors! Visit us and we’ll show you.



Area rooms: 4,100 Airport: Hector International Airport - 2 miles Meeting facilities: For a full list of meeting facilities visit our website or contact us directly for a complimentary Meeting Planner Guide Attractions: Hjemkomst Center, Fargo Air Museum, Fargo Theatre, Bonanzaville, Red River Zoo, Plains Art Museum, The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, The Comstock House, FargoDome, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, FargoMoorhead Civic Opera, Roger Maris Museum, West Acres Regional Shopping Center, Moorhead Center Mall, Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, Maury Wills Museum, Thunder Road Family Fun Park, Rourke Art Museum, North Dakota Horse Park, S.S. Ruby Pontoon, The Wood Chipper, Northern Plains Botanical Garden

2001 44th St S • Fargo • ND • 58103 800-235-7654 or 701-365-4560 • Fax: 701-282-4366 •



The Buffalo City Jamestown Civic Center/CVB • Pam Fosse, Director 212 Third Ave NE • Jamestown • ND • 58401 701-252-8088 • Fax: 701-252-8089 •

Area rooms: 518


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


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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North Dakota’s #1 Vacation Rough Riders Hotel and Conference Center Medora • ND 1-800-633-6721

Rooms/suites: 76 Meeting space sq. ft.: 2,340 Meeting rooms: 2 Largest room sq. ft.: 2,340 Patio sq. ft.: 2,025 Golf course nearby: 1 Onsite restaurants: 1

The Rough Riders Hotel and Conference Center in Medora, open year round, is the natural choice for your business meetings, banquets, entertainment and adventure. We offer a newly remodeled facility featuring exceptional sleeping rooms and state-of-the-art meeting/banquet rooms to meet all of your needs for groups small to large. The luxurious rooms are top of the line; complete with pillow top mattresses, flat screen TVs, and amazing western ceramic tile showers! You will be impressed with the mix of the rugged Badlands and the true elegance of this fine hotel right in the backyard of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The beautiful Rough Riders Hotel Conference Room is a 2,340 sq. ft. room that is dividable for smaller groups. Various room setups are available. The Rough Riders Hotel also features a patio area excellent for social functions, meals and receptions. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of catering menus ranging from a simple coffee break to a formal dinner. In addition to the Rough Riders Hotel, historic Medora offers a variety of meeting spaces to suit your needs. No matter the size of your group, we will help you determine the perfect place to hold your business meeting. Outdoor adventure, entertainment, an old west setting and great service await your next function in Medora. Please contact our knowledgeable Group Sales Coordinators at 1-800-6336721 or email at to check on availability.



Williston Williston CVB • Amy Krueger, Executive Director

212 Airport Road • Williston • ND • 58801 800-615-9041 • 701-774-9041 •

Come play, book today.

Area rooms: 1,200 Airport: Sloulin Field - Williston Airport, Under 5 minutes from all hotels.

Join us in Williston, where the history is legendary and the people are the friendliest. Williston is the perfect location to host your meeting, event or group tour. With a variety of meeting locations and a multitude of attraction options your group will be sure to have the time of their lives.

A few of the many attractions: Fort Buford State Historic Site, Fort Union Trading Post NHS, James Memorial Library, Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, Theodore Roosevelt National Park-North Unit Golf Courses: three great courses to meet your needs; Eagle Ridge Golf Club, The Links Golf Course, Williston Municipal Golf Course.


The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus houses 400 species of plants and a Victorian Palm House with more than 40 species of palms, surrounded by botanical gardens and floral displays.

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ake sure to take time to stop at The Cincinnati Museum Center while in Ohio, where history and science collide. The museum offers fun for all ages with hundreds of exhibits and has meeting space for up to 6,000 guests. After

your meeting, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, both located in the great state. History buffs will be inspired by the 200 Civil War monuments located across Ohio. Partake in an adventure where history remembers war soldiers, freedom from slavery fighters, and a battle between the states. Submit your state information to 148

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State Facts

State Capital: Columbus

State Bird: Cardinal

Admission to Statehood: March 1, 1803 as 17th state

Time Zone: Eastern Area Codes: 216, 234, 330, 419, 440, 513, 614, 740, 937

State Tree: Ohio Buckeye State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

Leading Industry: Retail Trade

Resident’s Name: Ohioans

Ohio: The Buckeye State Governor: John Kasich (R) Capital: Columbus Population: 11,536,504 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Ohio Tourism:

Ohio Transportation: Ohio Golfing: golďŹ

Ohio Hotels & Lodging: Ohio Gaming:


The Cincinnati Museum Center features historical, scientific and children’s exhibits all under one roof.

An Austrian tank driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a featured item at the Motts Military Museum.

Ohio has the largest Amish population in the nation at over 40,000.

Items of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tell stories of runaway slaves.

Hocking Hills offers outdoor lovers a true paradise.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame sees nearly 200,000 visitors each year.

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Events & Festivals

Great Sled Dog Race of Northeast Ohio, Newbury - January

Feast of the Flowering Moon, Chillicothe - May Frontier Days, Milford - June

Southern Ohio Music Festival, Wilmington - March

Columbus International Festival, Columbus - November

Mohican Wildlife Weekend, Six park locations - April-May

Don’t Miss

Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds, Cumberland NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Shawshank Trail Tour, MansďŹ eld

Zanesville Museum of Art Quilt Exhibits, Zanesville Radicals and Reformers History Walk, Oberlin Miami University of Ohio Art Museum, Oxford

Civil War Battlefield and Homefront, Fremont

Famous For... The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865, and Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department. Ohio is known for its industrial output. Only California and New York surpass the state in that category. The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus. Hoffman Prairie Flying Field is located in Ohio where the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane. The Wright Brothers are originally from Dayton.




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bowling green Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau • Wendy Stram, Executive Director 119 E Court St • Bowling Green • OH • 43402 Area rooms: 500 800-866-0046 • Fax: 419-353-9446 Major meeting facilities: 8 •

The place to be successful! For your next meeting or convention come to Bowling Green, Ohio in the middle of it all to experience small town hospitality with big city amenities! Located conveniently off I-75 and close proximity to I-80/90. BG is famous for having the first and only Wind Farm in the state and now houses the new Stroh Center Basketball Arena & the Wolfe Center for the performing arts on the campus of Bowling Green State University. 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, National Construction Equipment Museum, Snook’s Dream Cars Automobile Museum, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, Children’s Discovery Garden of the Simpson Garden Park.


CinCinnati Meeting space sq. ft.: 445 - 60,000 Meeting rooms: 16 1301 Western Ave • Cincinnati • OH • 45203-1130 Reception capacity: 20 - 6,000 Onsite restaurants: Food Court during 800-733-2077 • Fax: 513-287-7036 • museum hours (Gateway Café, Track One Pizza & Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor) Location: Conveniently off of I-75 & Have your event at Museum Center! minutes from all Downtown Hotels

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. For private events we offer historic art deco dining rooms, multipurpose breakout rooms and a 300-seat auditorium; and, after hours, our stunning Grand Rotunda, museum exhibit space or the entire building. An award-winning full-service on-site caterer; DECO Dining, audiovisual department, plentiful on-site parking and group tickets to any of our attractions are just a few things you can enjoy when planning your event or group outing at our venue.



Cincinnati Museum Center • Violet Rae Webster

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum • Anne Siegel

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd • Cleveland • OH • 44114 216-515-8420 • 216-515-8418

When was the last time you partied like a rock star?

Meeting rooms: 5 Reception capacity: 20 - 2,500 Onsite restaurant: Yes Nearby hotels: Hyatt Regency Cleveland, The Doubletree Hotel

Break the mold of past events and host an unforgettable evening at the world’s only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Whether you are planning a company networking event, a formal dinner party or wedding reception, we guarantee your guests have never experienced a venue like this. Designed by the world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, our glass monument to the history of rock and roll presents a stunning harbor-side sweep of the city and lakefront and soars 160 feet above Lake Erie. Notes:


“Meet In The Middle” Clinton County CVB • Debbie Stamper

13 N South St • Wilmington • OH • 45177 877-428-4748 • Fax: 937-382-1738


Airport: Dayton Intl. - 35 miles, Cincinnati Intl. - 60 miles, Columbus Intl. - 60 miles Area rooms: 600 Major meeting facilities: Hampton Inn & Suites Conference Center, Historic Murphy Theatre, Roberts Conference Centre, Wilmington College, Expo Center, Clinton County Fairgrounds Attractions: Historic Murphy Theatre, Cowan Lake State Park, Caesar Creek State Park, Kings Island, Cincinnati Reds Baseball, Cincinnati Museum Center, U.S. Air Force Museum, Tanger Outlet Mall/Jeffersonville, Cincinnati Art Museum


Centrally located in the “golden triangle” of Southwest Ohio, the metro centers of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton are only a short drive from Wilmington and Clinton County, making it a perfect location for regional meetings. Easily accessible from I-71, the north/south corridor through Ohio, sixty percent of the U.S. population is located within a day’s drive of Wilmington, with the convenience of three international airports close by. From large to small meetings, we can handle your event. The new Roberts Conference Centre offers an 80,000 sq. ft. convention, meeting and tradeshow venue. This premier facility is capturing business from established convention centers in the metro markets due to its centralized location and many amenities. Other notable meeting venues cross the gamut from traditional to nontraditional. Wilmington College offers a state-of-the-art teleconferencing center, the historic Murphy Theatre offers a unique setting for that special meeting that demands something out of the ordinary, and the list goes on and on. When it comes to planning leisure activities to compliment your event, regional and local choices are plentiful. Choose Southwest Ohio for your next event. The Clinton County CVB stands committed to providing personalized service to ensure a successful event.

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Cuyahoga Falls

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

1989 Front St • Cuyahoga Falls • OH • 44221 330-929-3000 • Fax: 330-920-7524 •

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

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. The Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls offers all the comforts of home in our newly renovated suites featuring 2 LCD Televisions, microwaves, minifridge, wet bar and complimentary internet access. For your dining experience visit the award winning Piatto-Novo Restaurant and Lounge featuring breathtaking views of the Cuyahoga River.



Rooms/suites: 209

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.

East Liverpool East Liverpool Tourism Bureau

126 W 6th St • East Liverpool • OH • 43920 234-517-7052 • Fax: 330-385-3955 •

“America’s Hometown” East Liverpool, a historic river town situated in the tri-state area, where Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio share the great Ohio River. Many visitors travel from across the nation to tour the city’s potteries and outlets (Hall and Fiesta Ware), Victorian mansion, the Museum of Ceramics, the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame, antique shopping with horseracing and gaming nearby.

Area rooms: 132 Major meeting facilities: East Liverpool Motor Lodge - 14,000 sq ft meeting spaces (8,000 sq. ft. Ball Room can handle up to 500 guests, 6,000 sq. ft. Banquet Room can handle up to 400 guests Onsite: T-Bones American Grill specializing in steaks certified angus beef; and a fitness center with free weights, Nautilus and cardio

Attractions: Homer Laughlin and Hall Potteries, Museum of Ceramics, Thompson House Victorian Mansion, Lou Holtz Hall of Fame, 27-hole disc golf and much more.


Grove City

GROVE CITY… Where people visiting Columbus, Ohio stay Grove City Area VCB • Jim Hale

3378 Park St • Grove City • OH • 43123 800-539-0405 •

Area rooms: 1,125


Major meeting facilities: Blue Moon Event Center, Grand Oaks Event and Business Center, Pinnacle Events. China Bell Conference Center, RAVE Cinema, various hotels. Attractions: Museums and historical sites, parks and gardens, sports, tours, shopping, festivals, arts and theatre Golf course nearby: Fox Fire Golf Club, The Phoenix Golf Links and Split Rock Golf Club


Considering a meeting or special event in Central Ohio? Grove City should be your destination of choice. Our I-71 Exit 100 is six miles from Downtown Columbus; the I-270 outerbelt intersects I-71 at Grove City providing access to I-70 and US Rts. 23, 33 and 40. Four professional meeting facilities are at the exit along with 12 branded hotel properties with over 1,100 rooms and 22 restaurants within a half mile of the meeting facilities. Grand Oaks Event and Business Center has 12,000 sq. ft. and features indoor and outdoor accommodations. Theatre seating capacity is 488 and there’s classroom space for 280. Pinnacle Events offers a unique opportunity to mix golf, dining and business. The facility has 6,400 sq. ft. of space plus a rooftop terrace, loft and executive dining area. Blue Moon Event Center offers three meeting rooms with their largest at 2,200 sq. ft. The venue is popular for training, orientation, business meetings and banquets. China Bell Conference Center offers three meeting rooms with the largest featuring big screen televisions. The facility also offers cooking classes. For other meeting opportunities, go to or 800-539-0405 for further information. Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau.

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Marietta Marietta-Washington County CVB • Julie Rinard, Group Sales 121 Putnam St, Ste 110 • Marietta • OH • 45750 800-288-2577 • Fax: 740-376-2911 •

Bold Beginnings. New Adventures.

Area rooms: 898 Major meeting facilities: Comfort Inn, Lafayette Hotel, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Microtel Inn & Suites, Marietta College, Washington State Community College, Grand Point Conference Center

Marietta-Washington County is the perfect place to host your next event! With nearly 900 hotel rooms and several attractions, we can accommodate groups of any size. Located just off Exit 1 on I-77, Marietta is full of historic charm and unique venues for meetings and conventions. The Comfort Inn of Marietta can accommodate groups of 800 while the Historic Lafayette Hotel offers meeting space for up to 500. Other hotels and venues in the area feature a wide range of meeting opportunities, and our attractions can accommodate large groups. The Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a full service bureau offering free itinerary development, reservations for group travel, and information packets for guests. When you’re ready to organize your next event, we invite you to discover the Bold Beginnings of Marietta-Washington County while creating New Adventures of your own. For more information, call Julie at 800-288-2577. Attractions: Campus Martius Museum, Ohio River Museum, Trolley Tours, Valley Gem Sternwheeler, The Castle, Wayne National Forest, Anderson Hancock Planetarium, Blennerhassett Island



Miles of Shoreline, Memorable Meetings Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center Amanda Smith Rasnick

Airport: Cleveland Hopkins - 55 miles Area rooms: 8,000 Major meeting facilities: Kalahari Resort, Sawmill Creek Resort, Cedar Point Properties, Great Wolf, Put-in-Bay Resort, Lakeside Association Attractions: Cedar Point, Lake Erie Islands, Island-hopping cruises, Indoor Waterparks, Wineries, Lighthouses, Bird watching, Fishing, Museums

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 615,000 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.



4424 Milan Rd, Ste A • Sandusky • OH • 44870 1-800-255-3743 • 419-625-2984 • Fax: 419-625-5009 •


DISCOVER THE MIDWEST’S NEWEST CONFERENCE CENTER The new Clark State Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts & Conference Center, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, offers all of the amenities you’ll need to make your next conference an event to remember. This state-ofthe-art facility accommodates groups from 15 to 1,500. Modern conference facilities include a Grand Hall, breakout rooms, catering kitchen and audio/visual resources that will have your attendees on the edge of their seats. Located close by are hotels, restaurants, museums and the Clark State Performing Arts Center. The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to provide planning assistance, hotel bids and welcome packages for your attendees. Call 800.803.1553 or go to And be prepared for standing ovations!

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Troy Miami County VCB • Diana Thompson

405 SW Public Sq, Ste 272 • Troy • OH • 45373 800-348-8993 • Fax: 937-339-4541

From Town to Farm… Experience Historic Charm

Area rooms: 1,048 Nearest airport: Dayton Airport - 15 miles Major meeting facilities: Hobart Arena, Fort Piqua Plaza, Crystal Room, A Learning Place

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. 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. From town square to country farm, our visitors will experience Miami County’s historic charm. Attractions: Hobart Arena, shopping districts, canal boat, nature center


Westlake LACENTRE™ Conference and Banquet Facility • David Leffew


25777 Detroit Rd • Westlake • OH • 44145 440-250-2000 • Fax: 440-250-2101 •

Flawless Meetings and Events LACENTRE™ can create exceptional meetings and events. Our meeting and event planners are equipped to make sure your every need is fulfilled. Whether it’s a large annual meeting, a dinner banquet, a board meeting or a small intimate gathering, LACENTRE™ has the space, dining and technology to ensure it is a success. LACENTRE™ has set a new standard of elegance for special events in Northeast Ohio. Providing the finest personal service by experienced professionals, LACENTRE™ features the most advanced capabilities in the area. Within our warm and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll discover an ambiance that embraces the uniqueness of the area’s culture. LACENTRE™ features the Champagne Ballroom with four distinctive salons; the Bordeaux Ballroom with three salons; a Vintner’s Suite with an executive style boardroom and private dining room; pre-function space for receptions; a spectacular culinary preparation area; a fully-equipped business center and media center.


Bikers from across the country travel to South Dakota each summer for the Sturgis Bike Rally and to visit Mount Rushmore.

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South Dakota

utdoor enthusiasts will have plenty to do when visiting South Dakota. The state boasts spectacular summer activities including hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting, while the winter months allow for snowmobiling, skiing,

snowboarding and more. After your meeting, visit Mount Rushmore or Crazy Horse Memorial, both located near Rapid City. Aberdeen features four outstanding meeting facilities and fun for the family after your event. With Storybook Land and the Land of Oz, you can take a step into a true fairytale! Or visit the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder in DeSmet, where visitors can see the setting where the actual Ingalls family lived and many of the author’s books are based on. Submit your state information to


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State Facts

State Capital: Pierre

State Bird: Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant

Admission to Statehood: November 2, 1889 as 40th state

Time Zone: Central Area Code: 605

State Tree: Black Hills Spruce State Flower: Pasque

Leading Industry: Retail Trade and Manufacturing

Resident’s Name: South Dakotans

South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State Governor: Dennis Daugaard (R) Capital: Pierre Population: 814,180 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

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South Dakota Tourism:

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South Dakota Golfing:

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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks:

South Dakota Black Hills:


Revisit the past at Fort Sisseton, where soldiers helped settlers travel across the plains.

South Dakota’s state capital is located in Pierre (pronounced peer). Photo Credits:

The Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead is located in DeSmet and can be toured by visitors.

Partake in a rodeo while in the state and witness barrel racing, bull riding and more.


Hunting is a major pasttime of state residents and visitors alike.

Winter sports abound in South Dakota including skiing and snowmobiling.

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Events & Festivals

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, DeSmet - July

Celebrity Pheasant Hunt, Aberdeen - October

Annual Homesteader Day, Brandon - September

Native American Day, Crazy Horse - October

Spirit of the West Festival, Sioux Falls - September

Christmas on the Prairie, Hoven - December

Don’t Miss

George S. Mickelson Trail, Black Hills

Hot Harley Nights, Sioux Falls Wylie Park, Aberdeen

South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium, Pierre Redlin Art Center, Watertown Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings Annual Sisseton-Wahpeton Wacipi, Agency Village

Famous For... The origin of the name “South Dakota” comes from the Sioux tribes who inhabited the area and called themselves Dakota. South Dakota is part of Tornado Alley, located along the center of the US, where tornadoes frequent during the summer months. South Dakota had 1,149 tornadoes from 1950 to 1995 and ranks 10th in the nation for frequency of tornadoes. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located near Rapid City and hosts the 28th Bomb Wing, one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the entire US Air Force. In 1803, the US purchased the Louisiana Territory, which included South Dakota, from Napolean Bonaparte.




Where Great Conventions Happen Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Casey Weismantel PO Box 78 • Aberdeen • SD • 57402 800-645-3851 • Fax: 605-225-3573


Area rooms: 935 Major meeting facilities: Aberdeen Civic Arena, Hampton Inn & Suites/ Holiday Inn Express & Dakota Event Center, Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center, Ramada Inn & Convention Center, AmericInn Lodge Suites & Conference Center Attractions: Aberdeen Aquatic Center, Storybook Land and Land of Oz, Wylie Park, Historic Downtown, 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. We have 4 hotels with convention space totaling over 51,450 sq. ft. Do you have a large number of attendees that you need all in one location? We have just the place for your group. The Aberdeen Civic Arena has over 31,250 sq. ft. of convention and meeting space. 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 Area Convention and Visitors Bureau be your guide to a great convention experience in Aberdeen, SD, and “Write Your Story Here!”


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Brookings, South Dakota A quiet, scenic, university town. Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau

414 Main Ave • PO Box 431 • Brookings • SD • 57706 605-692-6125 • Fax: 605-697-8109 • Area rooms: 600+ Major meeting facilities: Swiftel Center, Days Inn, Staurolite Inn, Old Sanctuary, South Dakota State University 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, South Dakota Children’s Museum, antique shops, historical walking tours, fishing, golf, waterpark

Conveniently located along I-29, near the South Dakota/Minnesota border, Brookings is a quiet, scenic, 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 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 Ground Round Grill & Bar 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


Brookings Swiftel Center • Jenny Hammrich

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

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



Swiftel Center - Midwest Hospitality at its BEST 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 one-on-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 onsite 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!

ChaMberlain Bridges Conference Center • Angelia Bosworth

1500 Shoreline Dr • Oacoma • SD • 57365 605-734-6376 • Fax: 605-734-6854 •

Where Great Service is Rewarding!

Reception capacity: 800 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,698 Rooms/suites: 95/4 Meeting rooms: 12 Golf course nearby: Yes, within 2 miles Onsite restaurants: Bridges - indoor, Waterfront Grill - open Memorial Day through Labor Day

We are not just a conference center; we are the “Great Service Center” for conferences in South Dakota. Cedar Shore Resort and Bridges Conference Center are located on the Missouri River shoreline near Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD. Providing the perfect setting where east meets west. Our friendly staff and beautiful setting along the river banks allow relaxation and concentration to come naturally, making a productive meeting a reality.

Voted Best in Hospitality by MidAmerica! Attractions: Pontoon rentals, water recreation, fishing, hunting, outdoor dining



Want Your Next Convention or Meeting to be Legendary? Deadwood C of C & CVB • Philys Reller

767 Main St • Deadwood • SD • 57732 800-999-1876 • Fax: 605-578-2429 •

Meetings in Deadwood have always been a little out of the ordinary. Area rooms: Over 1,700 Nearest airport: Rapid City - 60 miles Major meeting facilities: 35 lodging properties, Deadwood Pavilion, Deadwood Events Center, the brand new in 2011 Deadwood Mountain Grand and many more


Attractions: 40 restaurants, 80 gaming halls, numerous family attractions, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding and close to everything the Black Hills region has to offer


With a rich history of gold and discovery, Deadwood treats today’s visitors with the same warmth and friendliness it always has, but now adds the mix of 40 outstanding restaurants, 80 great gaming halls, numerous family attractions, contemporary accommodations in 35 lodging establishments (over 1,700 guest rooms), and some of the Midwest’s best meeting locations. Our meeting space ranges from executive retreats to full-scale convention facilities with state-of-the-art presentation equipment. And with more than 20,000 sq. ft. of NEW meeting space now available, Deadwood offers convention and meeting planners a sound alternative to large metropolitan gatherings. And for things to do - Deadwood is tough to beat. In the heart of the Black Hills, Deadwood offers entertainment ranging from family fun parks to 24-hour gaming and live entertainment. Over 350 miles of snowmobile and mountain biking trails, 2 downhill ski resorts, horseback riding, rock and ice climbing, mountain golf courses, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and Devils Tower National Monument are just minutes away.

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Mitchell Mitchell CVB

601 N Main St • Mitchell • SD • 57301 605-996-6223 • Fax: 605-996-8273 •

Corn-sider Mitchell for A-Maize-ing Meetings!

Area rooms: 1,095 Airport: Joe Foss Field (FSD), Sioux Falls - 70 miles Meeting facilities: Corn Palace, Davison County Fairgrounds & Activities Center, Highland Conference Center, Ramada Inn & Suites Conference Center

Mitchell, SD has four venues for your convention, conference, meeting or event. The Corn Palace offers a unique setting for your event. The Davison County Fairgrounds Facility, in addition to conferences, can be utilized for exhibits, sales and fairs. The Highland Conference Center can host up to 690 delegates depending on arrangement. The Ramada Suites Conference Center has 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Mitchell’s prime location on I-90, excellent restaurants, popular attractions, unique shopping and experienced CVB staff all make Mitchell an excellent choice as the host for your meeting. Attractions: Corn Palace, McGovern Legacy Museum, Prehistoric Indian Village, Dakota Discovery Museum, Cabela’s



The perfect location for the perfect event. Highland Conference Center • Jill Larson

2000 Highland Way • Mitchell • SD • 57301 605-990-1575 • Fax: 605-990-1573 Rooms/suites: 147 connected Meeting space sq. ft.: 10,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 620 Golf course nearby: 2 Onsite restaurant: 1 (5 adjacent)


Attractions: Corn Palace, Prehistoric Indian Village and Archeodome, Dakota Discovery Museum, McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service


The Highland Conference Center is conveniently located off Interstate 90 in Mitchell, SD near Cabela’s. Our Grand Ballroom breaks into a variety of meeting rooms to provide a relaxed and productive atmosphere for groups of any size. From start to finish, you will have a highly attentive staff assisting you with every detail to ensure that your event happens exactly as planned. With first class onsite catering you are sure to impress your guests with our delicious breakfast, lunch, snack breaks or dinner. Your guests can enjoy a refreshing night stay at a discounted group rate at one of our connecting properties the night before the event or a relaxing night after the event as the Highland Conference Center is connected to the Hampton Inn and the Comfort Inn & Suites. The Highland Mall and five restaurants are within walking distance and there are several outstanding cultural attractions just a short drive away. With outstanding meeting space, comfortable hotel rooms, delicious food and first class service that will exceed your expectations, you’ll discover even more reasons to host your next event at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, SD! To request a proposal or schedule a tour, call Jill Larson at 605-990-1575.

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Pierre Pierre Area CVB • Lois Ries

PO Box 548 • Pierre • SD • 57501 605-224-7361 • Fax: 605-224-6485 • •

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, Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, Governors Mansion


Rapid City

Hotel & Convention Center For a memorable meeting

This NEW, all-suite hotel has meeting spaces equipped with the latest technology, built-in LCD projectors, drop-down screens and free wireless internet. Catering available & full liquor license. Our experienced staff will see to your every need. Spacious guest suites allow you to relax after the meeting. Recharge in © 92 Guest Suites the morning with a free hot breakfast. © Meeting Space: 5,369 sq’ Visit our website for details. © Largest Capacity: 250 © Meeting Rooms: 4 © Number of Suites: 92


Cindy Olson, Sales Director 1333 N Elk Vale Rd Rapid City SD 57703 605-791-5087


sioux falls

Sioux Falls – The Heart of America Sioux Falls CVB

200 N Phillips Ave, Ste 102 Sioux Falls • SD • 57104 800-333-2072 or 605-336-1620 • Fax: 605-336-6499 Area rooms: Over 4,100 Airport: Joe Foss Field Regional Airport (FSD) - Sioux Falls Major meeting facilities: Sioux Falls Convention Center, plus several major hotel facilities A few of Sioux Falls’ many attractions: Falls Park, Washington Pavilion, The Outdoor Campus, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Prairie Star Gallery - Timeless Indigenous Art, wineries, shopping and more

South Dakota’s largest city is located in The Heart of America at the junction of I-90 and I-29, and is easily accessible by major airlines offering connections to more than 200 domestic cities including direct flights to several major cities. More than 4,100 guestrooms, historic downtown, home-grown restaurants, rich arts and culture, abundant shopping, area wineries and a wide variety of year-round entertainment and attractions await your arrival! Experience Falls Park, home to a triple waterfall, visitor information center, five-story viewing tower, Overlook Café and historic ruins. The park is visited by people from all over the world. Sioux Falls provides groups with state-of-the-art facilities. The Sioux Falls Convention Center offers 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 audiovisual services, staging and an experienced event management and catering staff to ensure the success of your event. A NEW $115 million Event Center is scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2014. This new multipurpose arena will be adjacent to the current Convention Center and 8,000-seat Arena adding 30,000 sq. ft. of flat floor space for a combined total of 132,000 sq. ft. within the entire complex. Seating for the facility will be 12,000 for basketball, 10,450 for hockey, 13,000 for a concert, 5,750 for rodeo and 180 standard booths for a tradeshow. The Sioux Falls Convention Center and 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena are attached to a 243-room hotel and adjacent to Howard Wood Field, a 10,000-seat track and field, football and soccer stadium, and Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium. Sioux Falls has 48 hotels with over 800 rooms within a one-mile radius of the convention center. Several hotels in the city offer exceptional meeting space for large convention groups. “From the beginning you had vision and determination to host a memorable conference; YOU accomplished that and more…CONGRATULATIONS! And THANK YOU for teaching me a valuable lesson – to never second-guess what willpower and determination alone can accomplish. The 2011 National Conference held in Sioux Falls, has registered in my ‘history book of meeting planning’ as warm, friendly, hospitable, unique, heartfelt, enriching, intense and… one of the BEST conferences Volunteers of America has offered in a long time!” —Teresa Alfaro, CMP Meetings Manager, Volunteers of America

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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 •

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! A beautiful, spacious, and easily accessible event center with the latest technology. 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. Accommodations at the attached Best Western Ramkota Inn, plus other rooms within 2-3 minutes. Other additional small banquet and meeting facilities as well as large exhibit facilities are available in Watertown. No event too large or too small. Special welcome receptions are available at our beautiful attractions, including the spectacular Terry Redlin Art Center, historical Goss Gallery and Opera House, 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 are our specialties. One-on-one planning assistance.



Home of the Terry Redlin Art Center

State Street and Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

Welcome to



here’s entertainment for the family and the planner in Wisconsin with all this state has to offer. From children’s museums, to traveling tours and air shows, to festivals and sporting tournaments, there’s always fun to be had here! The EAA

AirVenture in Oshkosh features shows each July with 10,000 aircraft with daily shows for all ages, aerobatics and pyrotechnics, fly-in theater, demonstrations and KidVenture. Meeting planners have an abundance of choices with premier hotels and meeting spaces throughout the state. Summer is a great time of year to see all Wisconsin boasts with hundreds of festivals or a trip to Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, the nation’s largest water-themed park. Helicopter tours are a specialty of the area and give great views of the state. First-rate gaming and golf are also available or visit any of Wisconsin’s 14,000 WI

lakes and 95 state parks. Submit your state information to 172

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State Facts

State Capital: Madison

State Bird: Robin

Admission to Statehood: May 29, 1848 as 30th state

Time Zone: Central Area Codes: 262, 414, 608, 715, 920

State Tree: Sugar Maple State Flower: Wood Violet

Leading Industry: Agricultural and Industry

Resident’s Name: Wisconsinite

Wisconsin: The Badger State Governor: Scott Walker (R) Capital: Madison Population: 5,686,986 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate

State Websites

Wisconsin Association of CVBs: Wisconsin Golfing:

Think Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Transportation: Wisconsin Gaming:


Wisconsin Tourism:


Photo Credit: Phil High

AeroShell Team North American AT-6s at EAA Airventure is fun for all ages.

Photo Credit: Dick Ainsworth

Taliesin is the home and workshop of Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley

The Milwaukee Art Museum features modern and historic exhibits alike.


Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller

Devil’s Lake in Baraboo offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.

Photo Credit: Balloons, Ltd.

Balloons descending from the Wisconsin skyline.

Photo Credit: Donald Abrams

The Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee has something for everyone.

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Events & Festivals

Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival, Merrill - April-May

Country Fest, Cadott - June

Rock Fest, Cadott - July

Annual Fine Art Fair, St. Germain - June

RiverFest, La Crosse June-July

US Amateur Golf Championship, Erin Hills - August

Fox River Valley Wine Trail, Fox River

Don’t Miss

Madison Children’s Museum, Madison

Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

Wisconsin Gangster Tour, Various cities in Wisconsin

Stunts Are Us, Kenosha

Taliesin Preservation, Inc., Spring Green

The Packers Training Camp Experience, Green Bay

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis

Famous For... The first radio station in the United States, 9XM, was established in Madison in 1916. The shield in the center of the Wisconsin state flag shows the state’s support for the country, while the four sections of the flag represent the state’s main industries of agriculture, mining, manufacturing and navigation. The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884. Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World. Devil’s Lake was established in 1911 and is one of the state’s oldest and most famous parks. It leads the state parks in attendance each year.




The World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin 1-800-WESTERN (937-8376)


Whether you are planning your next business meeting or staying at one of our hotels for pleasure, we’re certain Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin will accommodate your every need. Best Western Hotels of Wisconsin can meet your specific business requirements as well as provide an enjoyable social setting for your next corporate function. Best Western International is proud to offer unique hotels to fit the needs of our valuable corporate travelers as well as the needs of our leisure guests. Consistency, value-added amenities and convenience - business travelers expect a specific set of services and amenities from their hotel stay and Best Western has hotels designed to meet the needs of today’s business travelers. Visit


BW Fox Valley Inn, Appleton BW Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, Black River Falls BW Claridge Motor Inn, Rhinelander BW Campus Inn Motor Lodge, Beaver Dam BW PLUS Midway Hotel & SuitesBrookfield, Brookfield BW Stanton Inn, Chilton BW Crandon Inn & Suites, Crandon BW Quiet House & Suites, Dodgeville BW PLUS Derby Inn, Eagle River BW PLUS Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire BW Green Bay Inn Conference Center, Green Bay BW Executive Inn, Kenosha BW Harborside Inn & Kensoha Conference Center, Kenosha BW PLUS Riverfront Hotel, La Crosse BW Countryside Inn, Lodi BW Welcome Inn-Lancaster, Lancaster BW PLUS East Towne Suites, Madison BW PLUS Inn on the Park, Madison BW PLUS InnTowner & the Highland Club, Madison BW West Towne Suites, Madison BW Lakefront Hotel, Manitowoc BW Riverfront Inn, Marinette BW Park Oasis Inn, Mauston

BW Quiet House & Suites, Mequon BW Inn Towne Hotel, Milwaukee BW PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center, Milwaukee BW PLUS Concord Inn, Minocqua BW PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah BW Waukesha Grand, Pewaukee BW Plover Hotel & Conference Center, Plover BW Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Portage BW Bluffview Inn & Suites, Prairie Du Chien BW Inn, Rice Lake BW Northwoods Lodge, Siren BW PLUS 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 Tomah Hotel, Tomah BW Lake-Aire Motel & Resort, Tomahawk BW PLUS Grand Seasons Hotel, Waupaca BW Midway Hotel, Wausau BW Baraboo Inn, West Baraboo BW Woods View Inn, West Milwaukee BW Ambassador Inn & Suites, Wisconsin Dells BW Wittenberg Inn, Wittenberg

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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 • 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 Appleton, 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

Safe, affordable and convenient, the Fox Cities of East Central Wisconsin are a great find! Groups ten to 2,000 will get exceptional service at more than 17 facilities with meeting space. This variety ensures a perfect fit for your next meeting or convention. The Fox Cities CVB has a seasoned staff to serve your meeting planning needs. All Bureau services are FREE, and may include site selection assistance, visitor packets, name badges, service provider referrals, volunteers to assist with registration and more. Your attendees will appreciate our location: we’re less than a 2 hour drive for 80 percent of Wisconsin’s population. Located in the heart of 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 Delta/ Northwest, United, Midwest, and Allegiant airlines. 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. Please call 800-236-MEET to request a Meeting Planner’s Guide or visit the Meeting Planner’s section of our website:





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brooKfielD Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center • Matt Drusch 1200 S Moorland Rd • Brookfield • WI • 53005 262-796-9166 • Fax: 262-796-9157 •

Stay Where You Matter.

Rooms/suites: 203 Meeting space sq. ft.: Over 6,000 Meeting rooms: 14 Reception capacity: 350 Golf courses nearby: 4 Onsite restaurant: The Fountain Grill and Bar


Milwaukee Area’s premier 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, onsite catering, and full-service restaurant The Fountain Bar & Grill. This luxurious hotel is the perfect place to meet and relax. 6,000 sq. ft. 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 cooked-to-order full breakfast and nightly cocktail reception in the Five Story 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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Eau Claire

Forget what you may or may not have heard about Eau Claire, Wisconsin and come see it for yourself! Visit Eau Claire • Jackie Boos

4319 Jeffers Rd, Ste 201 • Eau Claire • WI • 54703 715-831-2345 • Fax: 715-831-2340 •

Airport: Minneapolis/St Paul International - 80 Chippewa Valley Regional Airport - Eau Claire Golf Courses: 7 Meeting Space: total in Eau Claire Area 100,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms: total in Eau Claire Area 50 Sleeping Rooms: 1,800

Forget what you may or may not have heard about Eau Claire, Wisconsin and come see it for yourself! Located in the rolling hills and river valleys of western Wisconsin, the Eau Claire area offers natural beauty, outdoor recreation, unique attractions, and countless festivities and activities that will keep you as busy as you want to be! With over 20 hotel properties there is endless opportunity for your next convention, conference, board meeting or retreat. Create an experience for your attendees in Eau Claire that will keep them talking! Branded the Unexpected Wisconsin because of our rich heritage, culture, arts and theatre, superb dining, biking, attractions and festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy! From RFP distribution to qualified properties and negotiating with our hoteliers to work within your budget needs, to a list of customized complimentary services that will assist with your planning and ensure saving you time and money! Our staff will guide you every step of the way. Show your attendees the charm and class of the Midwest without the price tag hangover. VISIT Eau Claire, our four season destination awaits you.

Egg Harbor

Rest easy naturally Landmark Resort • Jeff Larson

4929 Landmark Dr • Egg Harbor • WI • 54209 800-273-7877 • Fax: 920-868-2569

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

Nestled in the natural beauty of Door County’s landscape, the Landmark Resort offers guests quiet charm and simple hospitality. Situated on a breathtaking 40-acre property, the Landmark Resort is the perfect setting for a quiet retreat or an elaborate gala. Sprawling along a wooded bluff, our 294 units feature accommodations to meet every guest’s needs. Each of the spacious one, two and three-bedroom condominium suites are 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 can accommodate conferences, weddings or special events for groups up to 230 people. Simplify your meeting planning; call the Landmark Resort.



Creating exceptional meetings and memorable events.


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

269 Fontana Blvd • Fontana • WI • 53125 800-6-GENEVA Rooms: 334 Meeting Space: 42,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms: 25 Reception Capacity: 1,100 Golf Courses Nearby: Yes Onsite Restaurants: 2 Entertainment: Avani Spa Pools (indoor and outdoor) Golf nearby Water Sports Bonfires Hiking Trails Bike Rentals Movie Nights Game Rental (indoor and outdoor) Organized Spouse and Children’s Activities

The Abbey Resort is committed to exceeding your expectations! Our guestrooms include: • 334 luxurious guestrooms and suites • 37” LCD HD flat-panel televisions and high-speed WIFI internet access • In-room refrigerators, microwaves and safes • Patios and balconies Our full-service meeting facilities on the shores of Lake Geneva feature: • 90 lush acres on the shores of Lake Geneva • 42,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space • High-Speed wireless internet • State-of-the-Art AV Services • 35,000 sq. ft. Avani Spa • Multiple Championship Golf Courses nearby • Protected marina, boat cruises, and water sports • On-site custom corporate & interpersonal teambuilding events • A variety of onsite dining options • Located only 60 minutes from Milwaukee and Chicago’s NW Suburbs Contact our Meeting and Events Specialists for more information! Call 800.6.GENEVA


Janesville Janesville Area CVB

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

20 S Main St, Ste #17 • Janesville • WI • 53545 800-48-PARKS • Fax: 608-754-2115

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.

WI Area attractions: The Armory, Janesville Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Tallman House, Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski 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 • Area rooms: 997 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, RecPlex Attractions: Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, Jelly Belly Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum, Lake Michigan Charter Fishing, Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars, Kenosha HarborMarket, Historic Lighthouses, Kenosha History Center

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 Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, 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, 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.


The Menominee Casino Resort is an all-inone destination featuring gaming, dining, entertainment, a conference center and lodging.

Rooms/suites: 103 Meeting space sq. ft.: 13,000 Meeting rooms: 9 Reception capacity: 500 Onsite restaurant: The Forest Island Restaurant and The Crystal Café

The visually stunning 13,000 sq. ft. culturally inspired Menominee Conference Center represents the history, culture and traditions of the Menominee people. The subdued color scheme consists of natural earth tones which signify the representation of the trees, leaves, moss and grass. Throughout the entire facility, the carpet’s design represents: black ash and floating oak leaves, traditional Menominee basket weave designs, branches, wild grasses and long flowing wild rice stalks. The interior illumination located on the side walls, symbolizes glowing campfire embers, and the eyecatching wood work was designed to represent Menominee weaving patterns. The Five Clans Ballroom has the capability of hosting weddings and functions for up to 500 guests. Also located in the Conference Center are five (5) large breakout rooms that can host meetings from 1-50 people. For small outdoor gatherings, the Convention Center offers a stone terrace in the vicinity of the meeting rooms and our beautifully landscaped courtyard area. Cozy enough for birthday parties and big enough for trade shows, the Conference Center is what sets Menominee Casino Resort apart from any other resort in the eastern North woods.



Menominee Casino Resort • Shelle Kindschuh, Regional Sales Manager PO Box 760, N277 Hwy 47/55 Keshena • WI • 54135-0760 715-853-7590 • Fax: 888-588-3141


The Intellectual and Emotional Capital for Meeting Success. Greater Madison CVB Contact Convention Sales

615 E Washington Ave • Madison • WI • 53703 800-373-6376

Area rooms: 9,000 Nearest airport: Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI) 10 minutes from downtown Madison Major meeting facilities: Alliant Energy Center and Monona Terrace® Convention Center Attractions: University of WisconsinMadison, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street shopping district, Madison Children’s Museum, Henry Vilas Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 260 parks and 250 miles of bike trails

Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright, the insight of Aldo Leopold and a breathtaking downtown built upon an isthmus alive with music, art and restaurants and a wealth of recreational opportunities. With 9,000 rooms and 400,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, Madison has the versatility to host meetings from ten to 10,000. Madison’s two awardwinning convention facilities - Alliant Energy Center and Monona Terrace® Convention Center - are complemented by additional 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. Our Sales and Service team embodies our Going Beyond VisitTM philosophy to ensure that we go beyond the expected for Meeting and Event Planners and deliver a successful and memorable convention, conference or event. From site selection, online-housing, to transportation, and vendor referrals, our team is ready to go beyond for your next gathering.


Where business and inspiration meet. Monona Terrace® Convention Center Contact Convention Sales

1 John Nolen Dr • Madison • WI • 53703 800-373-6376

Meeting rooms/suites: 240-room attached Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Meeting space sq. ft.: 28,000 Largest room sq. ft.: 37,200 Meeting rooms: 23 Reception capacity: 3,300 Golf courses nearby: Yes, multiple courses nearby


Onsite restaurant: Onsite caterer


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 37,200 sq. ft. exhibit hall, 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 315-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 (LEEDEB). 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! Whether you are planning a gathering for 30 or 3,300, Monona Terrace in Madison, WI is the place where business and inspiration meet.

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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

Exhibition Hall Adjacent hotels: Clarion Suites Sheraton Madison Hotel Holiday Inn Express Rooms/suites: 504 adjacent

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.

Meeting space: 1,000-10,000 Exhibition Hall is ideal for meetings of all sizes, offering 14 meeting rooms and people

150,000 sq. ft. of event space. Veterans Memorial Coliseum is perfect for large assemblies with 10,000 comfortable padded seats and luxury suites.

Largest room sq. ft.: 100,000

All events take advantage of onsite 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, Centerplate catering, decorating, audiovisual setup, 5,800 parking spaces

Whether you’re planning a meeting for 12 or an elaborate banquet for 10,000, the Alliant Energy Center offers the flexibility and functionality to make your event one you’ll never forget.

Meeting rooms: 14



Reception space: 10-10,000 people

Manitowoc Manitowoc Area VCB • Jason Ring, President

PO Box 966 • Manitowoc • WI • 54221-0966 800-627-4896 •

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

Ports of Call: Manitowoc-Two Rivers, where Great Lakes maritime history was made. After your meeting, walk or jog along Mariners Trail, six miles of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline or tour our World War II Submarine, the USS Cobia. Your group will experience a memorable event available only in the Manitowoc area. Harbored along Lake Michigan on I-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



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The only full service property in the Greater Madison Area with 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 292 rooms all under one roof.


Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center Cindy Foley, CMP

1313 John Q. Hammons Dr • Middleton • WI • 53562 608-831-2000 • Fax: 608-831-1376 •

The Madison Marriott West delivers only the highest level of hospitality in food, beverage, service and accommodations. With over 50,000 square feet of exceptional meeting space, meeting professionals are provided with a great deal of flexibility in terms of logistics. Accessibility to our meeting space is amazing with easy drive up and load in capabilities for exhibitors. With nineteen meeting spaces, including a 30,000 square foot conference center, a 10,000 square foot ballroom and breakout rooms, we are able to comfortably accommodate as many as 5,000 guests. Our complimentary valet service and free parking are valued features of meeting planners and attendees alike. Meeting professionals also appreciate the convenience of our location, only minutes from downtown Madison and the Dane County Regional Airport, just off highway 12. Our 10 story garden atrium and indoor waterfall add an element of class for attendees, along with a fitness center, soothing indoor saline pool, business center, concierge plaza and the sought after rewards program by Marriott. In addition, our property is surrounded by many unique attractions including all of the shops and restaurants located at Greenway Station, adjacent to the hotel.

Another exceptional hotel by John Q. Hammons


Rooms/suites: 292 Meeting space sq. ft.: over 50,000 Meeting rooms: 19 including a 30,000 sq. ft. conference center, a 10,000 sq. ft. ballroom and break out rooms. Reception capacity: 5,000 Golf course nearby: In close proximity to 3 excellent Golf Courses: University Ridge, Hawks’ Landing and Pleasant View Onsite restaurant: The Falling Water Café features a full menu of contemporary American cuisine focusing on local Wisconsin fare, while our Falling Water Lounge offers tapas and lighter options with a signature Bar Arts Cocktail menu.




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Milwaukee War Memorial Center • Amanda Leyrer

750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr • Milwaukee • WI • 53202 414-273-5533 • Fax: 414-273-2455

Meeting space sq. ft.: 46,000 Meeting rooms: 3 Reception capacity: 10-1,200 Golf course nearby: Yes

Situated on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, this stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen stands as a memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services. The site is a premier location for meetings, corporate events and weddings. The beautiful Memorial Hall features sweeping views of downtown Milwaukee through floor-to-ceiling windows, while the outdoor plaza offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. State-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities including WIFI access are available. Convenient downtown location with ample parking. Attractions: Within walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin


Minocqua Area rooms: over 442 Airport: Rhinelander/Oneida PO Box 1006 • Minocqua • WI • 54548 County Airport - 26 miles Meeting facilities: Red Crown 800-446-6784 • Fax: 715-358-2446 Lodge, Reuland’s Conference • Center, The Pointe Hotel and Suites, Dillman’s Bay Resort, Tell Your Boss to go… Take a Hike The Waters of Minocqua Our office of Group Travel provides you with the absolute professionalism to make your meeting dollar go further. In this economy, you will find the Northwoods uncommonly cost-effective at rejuvenating your team. We understand that you are looking for exceptional value, and our premier Northwoods meeting destination is here to go above and beyond to make that happen. Picture team building in a relaxed atmosphere - surrounded by nature’s indescribable beauty. Imagine having the time, space and fresh air to think, brainstorm, discuss or hash it out. For all this and more the Minocqua area is definitely the place.


Minocqua Area C of C • Jane Kincheloe

Attractions: Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, Scheer’s Lumberjack Show, Wildwood Wildlife Park, Northwoods Wildlife Center, Hillestad’s Vitamin Factory, Waswagoning Ojibwe Village, Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Show, Campanile Center for the Arts, Trout Lake Golf Club, Timber Ridge Golf Club, Pinewood Country Club, Wildwood Golf Course



Wisconsin’s Only Premier Hotel! BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center Joe Williamson 1000 Cameron Way • Neenah • WI • 54956 920-720-8000 • Fax: 920-967-0052

Rooms/suites: 95/39 Meeting space sq. ft.: 8,400 Meeting rooms: 11 Reception capacity: 500 Golf course onsite: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1

In October 2011, Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center received the prestigious BEST WESTERN PREMIER property designation. Only 15 Best Western hotels out of 2,200 Best Western hotels in North America have received this honor. The beautiful hotel and conference center, which is rated the #1 Hotel in Neenah by Trip Advisor, can accommodate up to 500 meeting guests. The ballroom overlooks the golf course and has a patio that is ideal for meeting breaks or cocktail parties. Main Street Plaza, a uniquely designed entrance to the meeting rooms, features a historic streetscape and storefront facades. The experienced catering staff is eager to assist with all aspects of meeting and banquet planning. The recently updated hotel has 95 guest rooms including 39 suites, many with whirlpool and fireplaces. Every room includes a refrigerator, microwave, free highspeed internet access and a safe. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included with each stay. The hotel features many amenities including a nine hole golf course, miniature golf, Aquatic Fun Center with four pools, fitness center, business center, game area and is adjacent to the Ground Round Grill & Bar. Come and experience the award winning hospitality at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Port Washington Port Washington Tourism Council • Kathy Tank Area rooms: 265 PO Box 153 • 126 E Grand Ave • Port Washington • WI • 53074 Airport: Mitchell International 800-719-4881 • Fax: 262-284-0591 Airport - 25 miles Major meeting facilities: Country Inn & Suites, Memories Ballroom Picturesque and historic Port Washington. Bring your meeting to picturesque and historic Port Washington. We are on the shore of Lake Michigan, conveniently located just 25 miles north of Milwaukee. We can accommodate your needs for meeting space, banquet facilities and any necessary amenities - whether your group is five or 500. You’ll find outstanding dining and unique shopping. Experience our maritime history through walking tours of the historic district, harbor and lighthouses. Have time to play? Charter a fishing boat, play golf or ride the bike trail. Our hospitality, setting and facilities will provide you with just the location you are looking for. Attractions: Historic Port Washington, marina, charter fishing, 5 beautiful golf courses, bike trail, lighthouses

Racine/Sturtevant Eileen Arnold

14015 Washington Ave • Sturtevant WI • 53177 262-884-6407 • Fax: 262-884-6404 •

Area hotel rooms: 1,063 Nearest airport/distance: General Mitchell International - Milwaukee 20 miles Major meeting facilities: Racine Marriott Hotel, Racine Civic Center


Located along Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, Racine County, Wis., is convenient and economical for you and your attendees. Real Racine (Racine County’s CVB) promises outstanding service to plan and facilitate your event. By bringing your event to Racine, you’ll wow your attendees without hurting your budget. Witness the art of pampering with one of our full-service lodging properties, explore fascinating Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and sample delicious, authentic Danish kringle! Because Racine is between two major metro areas, your attendees will experience affordable rates and easily accessible amenities including shopping, dining, nightlife and one of the Midwest’s most beautiful lakefronts. Contact us today and we’ll help you get started. Attractions: Downtown Racine, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, charter fishing and boating, Racine Art Museum.


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Rothschild The Patriot Center • Bry Timblin

10101 Market St, Ste B40 • Rothschild • WI • 54474 715-335-0011 • 715-355-1076 •

“The Crossroads of Wisconsin Close to Everywhere”

Meeting space sq. ft.: 74,000 Meeting rooms: 25 Reception capacity: 5-5,000 Golf course nearby: Indianhead

The Patriot Center is a beautiful, newly constructed and well-equipped event and conference center comprised of more than 25 different event spaces that can accommodate 5 to 5,000 guests. It boasts more than 74,000 sq. ft. of space versatile enough for any special occasion. Whether you are planning a large or small corporate meeting, tradeshow or expo, wedding or party, our experienced and professional staff will ensure every detail is taken care of so your event is a success. The Patriot Center is attached to the Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel and also has six other hotels all within a block of the facility. With the most recent addition, The Patriot Center now has two large ballrooms totaling 25,000 sq. ft. that has the ability to open into one large ballroom in order to transform for any type of occasion. Call us today for your tour! Attractions: Granite Peak Ski Area -Rib Mt State Park- Indoor Water Park


Stevens Point

Relax, it’s Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

Rooms/suites: 149 Meeting space sq. ft.: 38,000+ Meeting rooms: 16 Reception capacity: 1,500 Onsite restaurant: Amber Grill Attractions: Iola Classic Car Show, Sentry World Golf Course, UW - Stevens Point, Schmeeckle Reserve, Green Circle Trail, Stevens Point Brewery, Planetarium

Take the stress out of planning your next corporate gathering by booking a meeting room at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center. With over 38,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, we can accommodate meeting sizes ranging from small intimate groups to large conventions. Our supportive and helpful sales and catering staff will help you work out the details from room setup and audio visual needs to a delicious menu that your guests will relish and remember. Need to stay overnight? Taken care of! A 149-room, full service hotel is connected to the convention center and includes a fitness room, business center, and pool with waterslide. Enjoy free WIFI throughout the entire facility, as well. Call us today for more information!



1001 Amber Avenue • Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-0200 • Fax: 715-344-0202

Sturgeon Bay

Your stories. Our setting. Like nowhere else. Area rooms: 4,654 Major meeting facilities 5,000+ sq. ft.: Alpine Resort, Gordon Lodge, Landmark Resort, Stone Harbor Resort, Rowleys Bay Resort, Lodge at Leathem Smith Under 5,000 sq. ft.: AmericInn, Bay Point Inn, Bay Shore Inn, Birchwood Lodge, Bridgeport Resort, Coachlite Inn, Country House Resort, Eagle Harbor Inn, Glidden Lodge, High Point Inn, Holiday Motel, Homestead Suites, Little Sister Resort, Nelson House, Newport Resort, On The Rocks Cliffside Lodge, Open Hearth Lodge, Pheasant Park Resort, Sand Bay Beach Resort & Suites, Scandinavian Lodge, Square Rigger, Waterbury, Wave Pointe Resort, Westwood Shores Attractions: 6 Wineries, 2 Brewery and 1 Distillery, Hundreds of artists/ craftsmen and galleries, 6 Performing Arts Centers, 2 Cooking Schools, 11 Lighthouses, 24 State & County Parks, Trolley Tours, Viking & Cherry Train Tours, Museums, Boat Tours, Farm Markets and Festivals

Door County Visitor Bureau • Michelle Rasmusson

PO Box 406 • Sturgeon Bay • WI • 54235 800-527-3529 • Fax: 920-743-7873 •

Few destinations in the Midwest provide a combination of natural beauty, small-town charm and sense of history as rich as Door County. And for the planner, no place combines ease of planning, abundant excursions and activities with a setting surrounded by water for a truly unique meeting or event experience. Whether you are planning a meeting for your board of directors, a staff strategic planning session or a conference for up to 400, Door County offers the perfect combination of top meeting and lodging facilities with first class amenities. From intimate inns and resorts to conference center hotels, we have the professional staff to assist you with your meeting needs. Our activity coordinators will help you craft the right mix of business and free time. In addition, our Door County sales staff is available to assist with hotel searches, itinerary planning and ideas for off-site events. We also invite meeting planners for FAM tours to get to know the peninsula first-hand.


Crossroads for West-Central Wisconsin Tomah CVB

901 Kilbourn Ave • Tomah • WI • 54660 608-372-2166

Area rooms: 732 Nearest airport: LaCrosse Municipal - 45 miles Major meeting facilities: Best Western, Cranberry Country Lodge, Three Bears Lodge, Hampton Inn Attractions: Amish, Cranberries, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Meeting in the middle gets you halfway to success! Tomah, Wisconsin’s central location is midway between the Twin Cities, MN and Milwaukee, WI where the state’s interstate system (I-90 & I-94) divides. Make your next meeting or event convenient for all those who attend. Getting to us is no problem! Call for a copy of our Convention & Meeting Facilities Planner brochure at 800-948-6624.

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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 •

Rooms/suites: 100/28 Meeting space sq. ft.: 6,775 Meeting rooms: 10 Reception capacity: 750 Golf course nearby: Yes Onsite restaurant: 1 - City Grill Attractions: Day Spring Health Spa, Granite Peak Ski Area, golf, ARTS Block - Performing Arts, boutique shops, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, kayak races Abundant winter activities: Skiing, ATV trails, tubing and sledding

The Jefferson Street Inn is a meeting planner’s dream. Located in Downtown Wausau, this beautiful property is the perfect site for business meetings, corporate retreats, private dining and more. The hotel has expanded its meeting and banquet rooms to accommodate up to 750 people with nine private dining rooms and a total of 100 guestrooms. The Jefferson Street Inn is truly extraordinary as it surrounds guests with only the best service and amenities. Each of the 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. The 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.

Wisconsin Dells

“The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau Tifani Jones, DOS

Area rooms: 8,000+ Major meeting facilities: Chula Vista Resort (200,000 sq. ft.) Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center (100,000 sq. ft.) Wilderness Territory (40,000 sq. ft.) Ho-Chunk Hotel & Convention Center (32,000 sq. ft) Attractions: Indoor & Outdoor Waterparks Boat Tours Golf Courses

Wisconsin Dells, “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®,” has touched visitors for more than 150 years. And now, more than ever, Wisconsin Dells is considered the year-round destination for meetings and conventions. The area’s wholesome reputation, let’s-get-down-to-work work ethic and good values are often mentioned among meeting planners. But beyond that, there’s one reason that always stands out -- attendance spikes when Wisconsin Dells is listed as the meeting location. Feedback from business groups is that they find it easy to move through their agendas thanks to newer conference facilities at many of the area’s waterpark resorts and convention centers. The Wisconsin Dells area’s worldclass facilities come in all shapes and sizes, from a 250 sq. ft. board room to sprawling 100,000 sq. ft. trade show floor spaces. Of course, no profile of the Dells would be complete without a word on the waterparks. There are more waterparks here than anywhere else in the nation. Should attendees have the opportunity to bring along their families, it’s a way for them to do some “bonding on a budget” without being away from the office for too long.



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America’s Largest Waterpark Resort Glacier Canyon Lodge Shannon Timmerman, CMP, Sales Director PO Box 830 • 45 Hillman Rd Wisconsin Dells • WI • 53965 800-867-WILD (9453)

Rooms/suites: 1,151 rooms/ condos/cabins/vacation villas Meeting space sq. ft.: 55,661 Meeting rooms: 30 Reception capacity: 1,200 Golf course onsite: 27 holes Onsite restaurants: Yes Attractions Complementing Glacier Canyon Lodge: Wild Rock 18-hole Championship Golf Course; Sundara Spa, hailed one of the three best spas in America by Good Morning America; Team building activities including a zip line canopy tour and new indoor ropes adventure course; Monk’s dueling piano bar; four indoor and four outdoor waterparks; horse-drawn wagon rides; go-karts; mini golf; onsite Original Wisconsin Duck ride pickups and many other ways to “Explore More…” at America’s Largest Waterpark Resort.

Looking for a perfect destination for your next meeting or event? Then look no further than Glacier Canyon Lodge, an upscale condominium resort and conference center located on over 600 acres of pristine pineland which make up the Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells. The Wilderness Territory, America’s largest waterpark resort is also home to Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort and Wilderness on the Lake. Glacier Canyon Lodge is home to a beautiful, rustic-themed, 55,661 sq. ft. conference center. In addition, an outdoor patio overlooking a mature forest can be used for memorable pre-function events. This Wi-Fi equipped facility can be broken up into many different configurations and can seat up to 1,200 guests for a fully-catered event. A professional and courteous staff, delicious menu and scenic view add to the inviting atmosphere of this truly one-of-akind meeting venue. Glacier Canyon Lodge has 448 fully-furnished units and the connected Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort has 444 northwoods-themed guest rooms, each with a microwave and refrigerator. The Wilderness Territory also has a variety of freestanding, fully-furnished vacation villas, condominiums and cabins which accommodate up to 20 guests.


Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB

841 Goodnow Ave, Ste 103 Wisconsin Rapids • WI • 54494 800-554-4484

Meet in the Middle!

Area rooms: 500+ Nearest airport: CWA Mosinee - 40 miles Major meeting facilities: Hotel Mead, Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa, Lake Arrowhead, The Ridges


Wisconsin Rapids in Central Wisconsin is a popular and convenient destination to host meetings and events. Known for its affordable elegance and hometown charm, guests staying in “The Rapids” experience hospitality like no place else. The Wisconsin Rapids Area CVB understands the event planning process and serves as a friendly, hassle-free point of contact to arrange accommodations to fit your needs. After a day of meetings, stretch your legs on the Heritage River Walk Trail, or take a short scenic drive to see the largest cranberry producing region in the world! If you prefer to take your meetings to the green, the Wisconsin Rapids area features pristine and challenging courses just minutes from area hotels. Whatever your pleasure, it’s sure to be found in the Wisconsin Rapids area!

Attractions: River Walks, Golf, Cheese Factory, Cranberry Marsh Tours, Museums, Religious Tours


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