Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 18 2015

Q3 Around The Region

Cheri D. Jones, CMP, 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

Little Rock – Little Rock’s convention district continues to develop with the Main Street “Creative Corridor,” blocks 100-500 in front of the Statehouse Convention Center, nearing completion.

The $2.3M project includes street redesign and a water runoff project, improved sidewalks, new lighting, thousands of plants, several trees and new metal bridges that allow people to walk over a garden planted underneath.

Private development in this area includes new restaurants and apartment buildings, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and office building renovations, relocation of the Urban Montessori School and the coming Little Rock Technology Park.

Kansas – The Sunflower State

Wichita – The Wichita Eisenhower National Airport opened a new $200 million terminal in June.

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Sioux City – Wow! What a summer it was for Sioux City. Great events, great concerts and great visitors made 2015 a summer to remember.

This year, the Sioux City Symphony is celebrating 100 years! The 100th year season will be filled with magnificent celebrations and beautiful memories. There will also be a considerable amount of anticipation surrounding the journey that lies ahead for the SCSO and what monumental achievements are on the horizon.

Missouri – The Show Me State

Branson What happens when two meeting planners visit Branson, Missouri for the first time?  Watch and see!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o4C6u-880U

Jefferson City Be sure to visit one of the most famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton, American Regionalism painter located in the Missouri State Capital.    

St. Louis  The Time Is Now To Look at St. Louis. There’s a unique momentum throughout the St. Louis Convention Quarter with new hotel partners and attractions that are sure to put St. Louis on the top of your list.  

The Marriott flag now proudly flies at the Marriott Grand St. Louis directly across the street from America’s Center, and after an amazing renovation the former Lennox Hotel has been returned to its former glory as the Courtyard Marriott. Located adjacent to the convention center, the Courtyard gives you one more reason take another look at St. Louis. 

Finally, the convention package gets another boost as the National Blues Museum plans to open in early 2016! For more information on all St. Louis has to offer, visit the Explore St. Louis website. 

Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

Omaha Omaha as four new non-stop flights from major cities across the country. Click here to see the flip map for their non-stop flight options.

Oklahoma – The Sooner State

Oklahoma City The Science Museum recently opened up a new 20,000-square-foot exhibit called CurioCity. This exhibit is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is sure to bring smiles and excitement to all ages. The exhibit is set up like a city featuring neighborhoods like the Pi Shop, Tinker Works, BrainiAct, Spark Park just to name a few.                       


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