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Iowa Tourism Conference

Reboot. Refresh. Connect.
Don't miss Iowa's premier educational and networking event for tourism professionals.


October 22-24, 2014
Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs


The Iowa Tourism Conference is an annual event that provides professional development sessions and networking opportunities to tourism professionals. The conference features a variety of nationally-known speakers addressing current trends, a tradeshow and the annual Iowa Tourism Awards ceremony. View the full agenda.

Don't take our word for it:

"I always leave the Iowa Tourism Conference with a renewed energy and excitement for my role in promoting tourism in our state. It's a fantastic opportunity to get new ideas and learn about best practices in other communities. I also enjoy networking with everyone - this is the one time of the year when everyone in the industry is in the same place."
- Emily Counts, Grinnell Area Chamber and CVB

Single Day Rates through October 14: $125
Full Conference Rate through October 14: $210
Add $20 for registration at the conference.

Silent Auction
We are now taking donations for the 2014 Silent Auction, held during the Iowa Tourism Conference. Proceeds from the Silent Auction are used for Iowa tourism educational opportunities, including the conference. Consider donating gift baskets, hotels stays, restaurant gift certificates, getaway weekends - the ideas are endless.

Complete the form to make a donation.

Thank you for your support!

Iowa Welcome Center Soundbites
Conference attendees have the opportunity to present what's new or noteworthy to Iowa's welcome center travel counselors on Wednesday, October 22 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Click here to learn more and reserve a time slot.

Host Hotel Accommodations
Transportation for Dine Around and the Awards Ceremony will be provided to host hotels only.

Country Inn & Suites
17 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Rate: $84.99 + tax per night
This property is attached to the Mid-America Center conference facility.

SpringHill Suites of Council Bluffs
3216 Plaza View Dr., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Rate: $100 + tax per night

Hilton Garden Inn
2702 Mid America Dr., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Rate: $99 + tax per night
This property is attached to the Horseshoe Casino.


Other Area Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Council Bluffs
2211 S 32nd St., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Rate: $99 + tax per night


Iowa Tourism Awards
The Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa are proud to host the annual Iowa Tourism Awards, honoring Iowa’s most outstanding attractions, events, communities, organizations and individuals. These awards represent the highest honor given for tourism in Iowa.

Nominations are now closed. This year's awards dinner will be held during the Iowa Tourism Conference on Thursday evening, October 23.

Tourism Conference Planning Committee
Josee Beier, Council Bluffs CVB, 712.325.1000
Jessica Brownmiller, Le Mars CVB, 712.548.4971
Shonna Bruno, Western Iowa Tourism Region, 712.623.4232
Mark Eckman, Ottumwa CVB, 641.684.4303
Kathy Fiscus, Council Bluffs CVB, 712.325.1000
T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI, 515.284.8289
Matt Kiernan, Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 515.365.7239
Shirley Phillips, Western Iowa Tourism Region, 712.830.6768
Questions? Contact:
Colleen Murphy, Iowa Tourism Office, 515.725.3089