Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 29 2014

Q4 Around the Region

Cheri Jones, CMP, Meeting Manager, Vista Productions, Inc.

If you have events happening in your city, please email them to Cheri Jones, CMP at cjones@vistaprod.com.  We would love to highlight exciting things happening in your town. The information below is gathered from members, CVB websites and Meeting Focus.

Arkansas – The Natural State

Bentonville – Crystal Bridges will be featuring the Van Gogh to Rothko: Master works from Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibit February 21 – June 1, 2015. This exhibit brings together 76 artworks by more than 40 influential artists from the late 19th century to the present. The works were selected from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the finest collections of twentieth-century art in the country, located in Buffalo, NY.

Kansas – The Sunflower State

The Overland Park Convention Center has released a new mobile app. Visitors to the convention center can use the app to navigate the facility and explore destination information, such as nearby dining and shopping. The app also features shuttle schedules, flight statuses for Kansas City International Airport and an interactive tour of the center’s extensive art collection. In addition, the Center has premiered a completely redesigned website, www.opconventioncenter.com.  

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Downtown Des Moines added two new properties along the scenic riverfront earlier this year, Residence Inn Downtown Des Moines and Hampton Inn and Suites – Downtown.  Two new properties also opened in West Des Moines within close proximity to Jordan Creek Town Center, including the Hampton Inn – West Des Moines and Homewood Suites – West.

The Holiday Inn Airport and Conference Center recently added 12,000 more square feet of meeting space to their pre-existing structure.  Also, two hotel properties are under construction in downtown’s upscale and artsy shopping district, Historic East Village.

Sioux City has been welcoming guests to visit its museums and The Art Center, which has the privilege to host the famous painting, “Mural” by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 – 1956). It will be on display until April 2015.

Waterloo, IA -- The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum opened on December 2. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 13-61) and $4 for seniors. John Deere employees and retirees, and active duty military; and children 12 and under are free (accompanied by an adult). The Museum store features a large selection of apparel, toys and collectibles.

Missouri – The Show Me State

St Charles is a charming historic community on the Missouri River and just 10 minutes from the Lambert St. Louis International airport.  It offers award winning meeting facilities, 4-star hotels, and a historic district with more than 125 specialty shops and restaurants.

St. Louis is excited about the $380 million CityArchRiver project that continues to take shape and transform the National Park surrounding the iconic Gateway Arch.  Visitors will soon be able to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch grounds to the riverfront on one continuous greenway, forever transforming the downtown corridor. 

In addition, recent hotel renovations and expansions are providing guests luxurious new offerings, including the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton at St. Louis Union Station.  It features 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space.  In addition, the Renaissance St. Louis Grand will become a Marriott in 2015 and will continue its tradition as one of the region’s premier hotels, situated in the heart of the city center amongst upscale Washington Avenue restaurants, nightlife and attractions. 

Oklahoma – The Sooner State

The holiday fun doesn’t end on December 31 in Oklahoma City.  Experience early 2015 with snow tubing on one of the largest man-made slopes in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, ice skating at the Myriad Gardens, high-scoring basketball and hockey, and several musical performances throughout the city.