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“Des Moines was selected by our state affiliate, the Iowa County Engineers Association. Their members beamed with warm home-town hospitality as many are native Iowans. Des Moines is much more affordable, “cozy” and easily traversed than major cities such as Chicago or Minneapolis. There are no traffic jams to disrupt the flow of our meetings and tours! The CVB staff went above and beyond to accommodate ICEA and NACE in our planning. They attended all of the meetings from the beginning 3 years ago. I’ve never had a CVB do that—ever. The staff from all our vendors were knowledgeable and eager to please. Having never been to Iowa, I was amazed with the diversity of entertainment and activities venues, restaurants and shopping in Des Moines. Des Moines exceeded not just my expectations, but those of all our members. Kudos to everyone involved!”
Rebecca Page, National Association of County Engineers
"The Greater Des Moines CVB always goes above and beyond to do ANYTHING possible to make our event a success every year!"
Mr. Rick Peters, Iowa State Pigeon Association
"The GDMCVB was courteous, professional, accessible and accommodating for the event. Their efforts went above and beyond and ultimately contributed to the event's success. From the organizer's perspective, they helped make it easy.
Todd Coffelt, National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs
"The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is the best place I know to find the answers you need to know to provide a very special event."
Jo Saffell, Single Square Dancers USA (SSDUSA)
"Des Moines was a perfect location for us. Its central location made it easy for people from all over the country to get here. Everyone enjoyed the amenities we had to offer, the Arts Festival was a big hit. We heard numerous comments about the beauty, safety and friendliness of our city. People were very pleasantly surprised by all that Des Moines and Iowa had to offer. Our convention turned out great, thanks to all the help from the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. We couldn't have done it without them."
Ms. Susan Pinneke, American Volkssport Association
"Des Moines is a fabulous place to hold an event - from indulgent hotels and meeting venues, to great shopping, to fine dining - they have it all!"
Ms. Susann George, United Pentecostal Church, International