Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 22 2016

Q2 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 is excited to welcome Arkansas’s first Dave and Busters, a concept originated in Little Rock in 1982, 34 years ago at Little Rock’s Union Station when video games were still a novelty!  Buster’s Restaurant was a “legendary watering hole” and, just next door, Dave Corriveau operated Slick Willy’s World of Entertainment, a 10,000 SF venue offering beer, pizza, billiards and video games. Dave and Busters is part of the new Outlets of Little Rock complex, along with Arkansas Culinary School and much more..

Rogers - Celebrate summer in Rogers this year. It's concert season at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, experience performances by Kenny Chesney, Widespread Panic, Meghan Trainor or The Lumineers. Visit the bricks in Downtown Rogers and find local produce at the our Downtown Rogers Farmers Market. The annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is perfect for families. Also, plan to join the fun at the Brick Street Criterium on August 6th and Frisco Festival is August 26th & 27th.


Kansas - Sunflower State

Overland Park - Enhance your attendees’ experience by partnering with a community organization in our network. From a body scrub DIY with Bloom Lily Soap Co., to wine education and tasting with Aubrey Vineyards, to relaxing chair massages from Select Chiropractic, let us help you find the right fit. Our community has many local partners that are willing to come on-site, whether you’re wanting a philanthropic, relaxation or unique educational experience. Learn more about Visit Overland Park’s complimentary services. 

Build-A-Bear can bring the workshop and magic to your site! Partner with a local childrens’ hospital, school or shelter to be the recipient of these bears. The attendees will have fun channeling their inner-child building and stuffing them, while knowing they will be going to a child in need.


Wichita – To learn more about what is going on in the Wichita area, please click this link.  

We can help make your event a success by ensuring attendees enjoy their time in Wichita. With the recently launched Visit Wichita mobile app, your attendees can easily navigate all there is to see and do in the state’s largest city. The free, feature-rich app highlights events, shows points of interest, offers suggested and build-your-own itineraries and more. We invite you to download the app today! Attendees will also love our Explore Card, which provides reduced admission at 11 of our top attractions. Our convention services team will ensure you have access to all the collateral and information you need to make your group’s Wichita meeting experience great. 

St. Louis - Our Park Rules! - The votes are in and Forest Park in St. Louis is the clear choice for best urban park in America. In recent polls by USA Today Readers and Thrillist, Forest Park finished first in the Best City Park category, topping Chicago’s Grant Park and New York’s Central Park. The park features a whopping 1,371 acres with 45,000 trees, tremendous recreational amenities, and is home to five major cultural attractions: the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and the MUNY outdoor musical amphitheatre. To learn more about all St. Louis has to offer your next meeting or event, visit this website.  

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Des Moines - Construction has started on a new, 330-room Hilton Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Des Moines. The hotel, which will be connected to the Iowa Events Center, is scheduled to open in spring 2018 and will feature 184 Queen Queen rooms, 115 King rooms, 31 suites and  14,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. The connected Iowa Events Center features a 29,000 square foot ballroom, an additional 14,000 square feet of pre-function space, 37 meeting rooms and a 150,000 square foot exhibit hall.   

Sioux City - Sculpt Siouxland is celebrating their 11th year, in combination with the Art Center; new sculptures will be taking over downtown Sioux City; where sidewalks became an outdoor museum enhancing  the city with art. Hike the Loess Hills prairie and woodlands at The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, named by Roger Brooks (tourism expert and CEO of RB International) one of a kind in all Iowa. 

Missouri – The Show Me State

Kansas City - Visit KC welcomes Emily Freeman to the convention sales team as a national accounts manager. She was previously a destination sales executive at the Overland Park Marriott. As Visit KC’s representative for the Midwest market, she joined the team on Monday, April 25, and will work out of Chicago. Emily can be reached at efreeman@visitkc.com. 

The KC Streetcar began operation in May – it runs thru the heart of downtown, connecting neighborhoods along the way:   The River market, Central Business District, Crossroads Arts District, and the Union Station, Crown Center area.  Bring your friends and family downtown to check this out.  Plus, to top it off, it’s totally free.

Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

Omaha – Omaha is bucket-list central this summer for sports fans. In addition to hosting the NCAA Men’s College World Series for the 67th year, the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials are in the city June 26-July 3. The event is completely sold out for the first time in history.  

Oklahama – The Sooner State

Oklahoma City - Summer is here and OKC is the perfect place to escape. In May the all-new $45M whitewater & kayaking center- RIVERSPORT Rapids opened making it the only urban rafting facility of its kind being just steps away from our Entertainment District- Bricktown. Also new to OKC, 21C Museum & Hotel opened its doors in the historic family-owned Fred Jones Manufacturing Company building, originally built as a model-T assembly plant in 1916. Located in Film Row, 21C supports the revitalization of American downtowns and is welcome addition to OKC. Between adventure and art and everything in between, Oklahoma City is the perfect spot to visit this summer.  For more information on what’s new and happening in OKC go to www.visitokc.com.

Tulsa – Coming Soon - A project of George Kaiser Family Foundation, A Gathering Place for Tulsa will transform nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River into a dynamic and active space. A Gathering Place for Tulsa will blend nature with an urban setting providing Tulsans and visitors more space to play, relax and gather together along the river. The park, centrally located,  will include features such as a lodge, boathouse, nature walks, two land bridges connecting the two sides of river parks, sporting areas and a pond. A Gathering Place for Tulsa is funded by a mix of corporate and philanthropic Tulsa organizations. Construction began in September 2014 and Phase I (66.5 acres) is scheduled to be complete in late 2017.

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