Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 22 2016

Q1 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

Northwest Arkansas - Northwest Arkansas is honored to once again have welcomed the 2016 Governor's Conference on Tourism March 13-15. The Walmart FLW Fishing Tournament makes a stop in Rogers April 14-16. We will host a fish fry in downtown Rogers on Friday, April 15 to help kick off the event. Susan G. Koman Annual Race for the Cure is April 30 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. This race brings over 8,000 people to Rogers and the Northwest Arkansas area. 

Kansas – The Sunflower State

Overland Park - Have you ever dreamed of flying? Overland Park’s newest attraction iFLY gives visitors the thrill and adrenaline rush of skydiving without plunging from an airplane. The indoor skydiving complex outfits customers with the equipment they need to fly comfortably, including flight suits, goggles and helmets. After a brief training session, flyers get a chance to apply that knowledge and experience the sensation of skydiving in the safety of a three-story wind tunnel. 

Website: www.iflyworld.com/kansas-city
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Wichita - The $14 million Wichita Sports Forum 148,000-square-foot multi-sport facility opened in December 2015. The complex has six full-size basketball courts; 10 drop-down nets, 18 practice courts and six sand courts for volleyball competition; an indoor artificial turf soccer field that is used for baseball, softball and football; eight batting cages for baseball and softball; and a 20,000-square-foot air sports trampoline park. Spectators enjoy premium seating and lounge areas from two mezzanines, and you might just run into Detroit Tiger pitcher Mike Pelfrey training here in the off-season. 

For a peak at the Visit Wichita meeting planners newsletter, please click this link.

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Des Moines - The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau launched Catch Des Moines Flavor, a new initiative promoting all things food and drink in Greater Des Moines. The initiative includes a new expansive website, catchdesmoinesflavor.com, which features blogs, videos, editorial, listings and more. It’s a great resource for meeting planners, visitors and locals looking for food and drink information and inspiration!

Spring is fast approaching; Sioux City is honored to host the 19th NAIA Basketball Tournament, where 32 colleges come to compete, looking to be the 1st in the nation. The tournament gets better and better each year! 

Sioux City - We had the grand opening of the Siouxland's LaunchPAD Children’s Museum provides an interactive educational experience that fosters a child’s creativity and imagination, all in a safe and stimulating environment. The “PAD” in LaunchPAD stands for “Play And Discover.”


Waterloo - Construction is set to begin this spring (2016) on The Green@TechWorks Campus in downtown Waterloo. Tech 2, an 88-year-old former John Deere tractor manufacturing building, is the starting point of the redevelopment project. This 180,000 sq. ft., six-story building will house a 191-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, restaurant, John Deere Regional Training Center, and conference center. The target opening date for the project is May 2017.

Missouri – The Show Me State

Branson - Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is moving to Branson! This iconic attraction will be up and running on Branson’s Hwy. 76 Strip by late May. 

Opening in the summer of 2016, Fritz's Adventure will offer exciting challenges for the whole family in a multi-dimensional indoor environment open 365 days a year.

Throughout three stories – and 80,000 square feet – of tunnels, slides, swings and zip-lines, adventurers of all skill levels will be able to tackle rock-climbing walls, a massive ropes course, a life-size water tower and an air-worthy airplane perfect to explore.

Kansas City - Groundbreaking for the 800-room  convention hotel to be built in downtown KC will occur in 2016. The new hotel, located across from the KC Convention Center Grand Ballroom, will be a short walk from the Power & Light District, Sprint Center and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It will also be steps from the new streetcar line opening on May 6, 2016. The free 2.2-mile streetcar route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops.

Link: https://www.visitkc.com/meetings/why-meet-kc/kansas-city-downtown-package

St. Louis - With deep musical roots and a central location in America’s heartland, St. Louis is the perfect home for the new National Blues Museum which opens on April 2, 2016. This expansive museum will explore and preserve the historic significance of the blues through highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits and also boast a 150-seat performance area, special event space and classrooms. To learn more about the National Blues Museum, visit https://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/.

Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

Omaha - Meeting planners and association executives can now be magically transported to Omaha – no boarding pass required. Experience the latest virtual reality (VR) technology with the new Omaha 360 app. Download the app from the Apple® App Store or Android ™ Google Play Store and within seconds you can visit Omaha’s convention center and the Old Market Entertainment District, take a ride on a gondola in Omaha’s Heartland of America Park, or visit Omaha’s Zoo, considered one of the best in the world. Look up, look down, look all around – it’s like you’re really here. After you explore, plan a visit and take Omaha from virtual to reality.

Oklahoma – The Sooner State

Oklahoma City - Experience the Rapids in OKC! NEW for 2016 – RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District will open May 7-8! Go whitewater rafting on this $45 million whitewater course in the heart of OKC. It’s all located adjacent to RIVERSPORT Adventures where you’ll find the 700-foot SandRidge Sky Zip across the Oklahoma River, the six-story SandRidge Sky Trail, the 80-ft Rumble Drop free fall, four high-speed spiral slides and more!

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