Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 22 2015

Q2 Around The Region

Cheri D. 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 – The Bentonville Community Center has just opened and offers over 84,000 square feet for all residents to enjoy. With a cardio room that has over 40 pieces of equipment to the new TecnoGym for strength training you will be sure to find something you can enjoy and work those muscles. There will be over 60 classes provided weekly. There is also an Aquatic Center that includes eight lap swim lanes and three diving boards for competitive teams along with a family leisure pool. For more information, please visit www.playbentonville.com.

Little Rock - In May 2015 Southern Business & Development Magazine just named Little Rock a “Top Ten Southern Downtown!" And, in June the Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in the Downtown River Market Entertainment District of Little Rock. The new project adds 116 beautiful all-suite rooms to the city’s downtown core supporting the convention center.  Additionally, billions of dollars are being spent on further development. Labeled the “Creative Corridor”… the current Main Street modernization will also include an aloft Hotel adding another 140 rooms only steps from the Statehouse Convention Center and River Market.

Kansas – The Sunflower State

Overland Park - http://visitoverlandpark.com/listings/top-golf

Now Open! Imagine a golf tournament where you don’t have to worry about the weather and your attendees get to experience the game in a whole new way. Say hello to Topgolf: Overland Park’s exciting new attraction! Both lovers of the game and non-golfers hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance, while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Coupled with delicious gourmet food, music and comfortable lounge seating, your attendees will thank you for taking a traditional event to a whole new level.

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Des Moines – With over 11,000 rooms in the metro area, hotel growth continues to grow.  The attached convention center attached hotel will be complete in the 3rd quarter of 2018 and several new properties in downtown Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona and Urbandale. All areas are represented by the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and continue to make the area a great location for meetings and events. Check out details at www.catchdesmoines.com/media/press-release

Sioux City -  is very proud to welcome back for the 10th time RAGBRAI, the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. RAGBRAI is so popular that can exceed 20,000 riders in a stretch and draws thousand from all 50 states and all over the world for seven days of cycling. The tour will overnight on July 18 leave Sioux City on the morning of July 19.

Another great summer event Saturday in the Park celebrating the 25th anniversary has a line-up of world class artists, the festival raps up with fireworks finale!

Waterloo - Come Travel Waterloo With Us!

There’s a lot to “dig” about Waterloo and the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to show you in an exciting new travel series. “Travel Waterloo” is an online travel show that invites and inspires visitors to experience all that Waterloo has to offer. Throughout the series, viewers will visit Waterloo’s many well-known attractions, events, restaurants, and accommodations, along with some of our locals’ favorite hot spots. Watch for new episodes every Thursday on the Travel Waterloo blog, Facebook, and YouTube.

Missouri – The Show Me State

Saint Charles  – a charming historic community on the Missouri River, just 10 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International airport. Saint Charles offers award winning meeting facilities and 4-star hotels; a historic district with more than 125 specialty shops and restaurants; Ameristar Casino Resort Spa; Historic Missouri Wine Country; the new Streets of Saint Charles with restaurants, retail, and an AMC Movie Theater. Discover Saint Charles - a small town feel with big city amenities.

St. Louis - 2015 Brings More than 1,750 New Hotel Rooms to St. Louis’ Convention Quarter

When it comes to offering meeting and convention guests the finest in accommodations, the St. Louis convention quarter is seeing a boom.  With some of the most premier hotel brands in the industry, including Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Drury, Holiday Inn and Hyatt, there are more than 7,000 available guest rooms in downtown St. Louis.  By the end of summer 2015, more than 1,750 of those rooms will be new or recently remodeled and all within steps of America’s Center. From the newly renovated Magnolia to the soon-to-be Marriott St. Louis Grand, St. Louis’ convention hotel partners continue to make extensive investments and enhancements to their properties.  For more information on all St. Louis has to offer, visit http://explorestlouis.com/.

Kansas City - Jackie Payne joined the convention sales team on June 15 as a national accounts manager. She previously worked with VisitNorfolk, where she handled the Midwest association and corporate market for six years. A UMKC grad, her experience also includes previous positions with the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Council of La Raza. 

Also joining our sales team is Kyle Sadewhite. A previous winner of DMAI’s 30 Under 30 Award, Kyle will serve as an account executive to small meetings utilizing 200 rooms or less. A graduate of Kansas State University, he comes to us from the City of Independence Tourism Department, where he served as a senior sales manager for the sports and group markets.

Katy Hagmeier has been promoted to a National Sales Manager, she was previously our small meetings account executive.

Oklahoma – The Sooner State                                

Oklahoma City Experience all that Oklahoma City offers this summer including music, art shows, horse shows and more! Music stars such as Rascal Flatts, Sammy Hagar and many more took the stage at OKC’s biggest music festival, OKC Fest, June 26 & 27.

Looking for art?  The annual Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will display hundreds of paintings and sculptures by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation June 13-August 4. There’s plenty for everyone in OKC this summer! For a full list of events go to www.visitokc.com.

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